What can I expect during my first appointment?
After setting up your first appointment, I will email you the documentation you need to bring to the time we scheduled. The first appointment is a time for me to get to know you, sign paperwork, set up initial goals, and talk about what you're hoping to get out of counseling. For our first session, please expect to spend 55-75 minutes in session.
What is your fee?
My fee for a session of psychotherapy (tele-health or in-person) is for a 50-55 minute sessions. I ask for payment at the time of service. Sliding scale offered in certain situations.
What form of payment do you accept?
I accept check, cash, and major credit/debit cards as well as HSA/FSA payments.
Do you accept insurance?
At this time I do not accept insurance. I can provide you with a statement to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
My early career began with working in county mental health in Bend, OR. In that community, I worked as a child and family therapist, adult therapist and eventually a crisis worker collaborating with the courts, hospitals, schools and jails systems. I also taught Foster Parenting Classes. Later, after moving to the Gorge, I worked at Center for Living in The Dalles, primarily seeing adolescents and adults.
In 2010, I worked under a suicide prevention grant at the high school providing therapy to students. I collaborated in writing grants and created a mental health pilot program for Hood River Valley High School. I worked there for a few years while building my private practice. For over a decade, I have enjoyed being full time in my private practice. My therapeutic focus is relational based. This allows me to gently guide my clients towards successes, from a foundation of their best self.
Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, I spend a lot of time outdoors. So Hood River was such a natural choice for my family and me to settle down in. We came up from Bend, OR where I started my career. I have been living in Oregon since 2002. I have 2 daughters that attend school in Hood River. Now more than ever, I appreciate being in a small community. Where people watch over one another, give support and encouragement to follow a unique path. I am drawn towards connecting with nature all year round and enjoy quiet evenings with my girls.
40 hours every 2 years
Western Washington University
Bachelors of Science Psychology
Masters of Science Mental Health Counseling
Yoga Calm@ Certification