What do you offer

I provide individual, and couples and marriage counseling to help people struggling with relationship problems, anxiety, depression, and the general turmoil of life. Multicultural and diverse clients are welcome.

Where is your office?

My office is downtown, behind Central Library. The streetcar and Max run close by. My office is quiet and comfortable. See the Contact page for address and a map. My office hours are weekdays.

Do you offer free consultations?

I offer free phone consultations. A consultation is a means for you to assess whether I feel right for you.

How confidential is what I tell you?

Confidentiality is extremely important to me. I will make every effort to keep private the information that you share with me. I may discuss parts of your situation with my supervisor. There are also legal and ethical exceptions, which I will review with you in your first session.

What happens in session?

Mostly you relating something that has happened to you or is happening in your current life, and I listen, help you process and understand, with the idea that gradually it resolves and can be let go. Sometimes we may do an experiential piece of work, or body-centering mindfulness. I follow your cue.

What are your fees?

My standard fee is $120 for each 50-minute individual session and $140 for a 50-minute couples’ session, payable by cash, check, or credit card. I also accept payment from HSAs. I offer a sliding scale if needed. Payment happens at the beginning of each session.

Do you accept insurance?

If you would like to use your insurance, I can I can submit a receipt to your insurance company as an Out of Network provider. If your insurance policy offers that coverage, they will then reimburse you for a portion of each session fee.

What if I need to cancel?

Please call or send me an email with (preferably) 24 hours notice. For circumstances beyond our control, such as emergencies and being sick, the 24 hours notice is not needed.

Can I text you?

Texting in fine for communication about scheduling, but for personal communication I find it better to do that in person or by phone.

How many sessions do I need to come for?

A good question! The answer is, it depends on what you need. It’s common to attend for at least 10 sessions typically on a weekly basis. You are always, of course, free to finish at any time.

Can I contact you outside of office hours?

You can call and leave a message and I will get it and respond. If it’s an emergency you may also contact Multnomah County Crisis Line: (503) 988-4888, the Police (911), or go in person to the mental health emergency walk-in clinic at 2415 SE 43rd Ave (and Division St) in Portland.

Are there forms I should fill out?

Yes. Please read and sign the Consent form, and for couples, the Confidentiality form. These can be found through the link “Forms” at the bottom of my website. By bringing the completed forms to your first session, we can use that time more efficiently.

How does therapy end?

Endings can be powerful. If you think you’re approaching a good point to end, let me know and we can use the last session to wrap up the work you have done.