Technically Eclectic. I take a Technically Eclectic approach, while ensuring transparency in my reasoning, and elaborating on where my interventions come from. In this way, the therapy process is not mysterious.
Individualized To You. I selectively combine the best techniques, regardless of their theoretical origin, and apply them in such a way as to maximize the therapeutic results for a specific client in as short a time as possible. This allows me to remain flexible enough to tailor the appropriate counseling approach to the issue being addressed. This is preferable to attempting to force the various issues people present with through one particular theoretical orientation that may not be best suited to address the problem.
Collaborative. I work collaboratively with my clients to first identify and clarify what feels problematic for them, and then we work toward meeting their goals together.
Compassionate. I offer a calm, compassionate and logical voice during times of turmoil, and welcome my clients’ feedback along the way.
Empowering. I am dedicated to empowering clients and ensuring that their experience in counseling can be as effective and productive as possible in order to restore balance to their lives.
Sustainable. My aim is to be a Catalyst for the the changes you wish to see in your life, to provide support and results for you that will endure between sessions, and to provide tools you’ll be able to implement independently of me long after you are done with therapy.
Efficient. In order to increase efficiency in sessions, and avoid stagnation, I am ever mindful of the benefits of making the most of our time together in therapy sessions. I often will start our work together with an assessment of your concerns, providing you with suggestions of tools to try in between sessions, and regularly check in with you about what has been helpful or not.
In the waves of change
we find our true direction
In the waves of change
we find our true direction
Life events may interfere with our ability to feel secure as self-sufficient individuals, impair our ability to relate to others, or prevent us from feeling comfortable taking risks to reach our goals. Sometimes the past overwhelms our ability to cope and we find ourselves adopting unhealthy behaviors that we know are not necessarily helpful but have difficulty controlling. I believe every negative life spiral has its start, and having a counselor supporting you step-by-step can ease your way toward more positive change. Catalyst Counseling and Consulting in Seattle, WA can be that catalyst you need to empower yourself to accomplish the change you wish to see in your life.
I work primarily utilizing an interpersonal approach grounded in attachment theory. However, I often take a Technically Eclectic approach as well, incorporating elements of other therapeutic modalities, including but not limited to: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT), Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), and aspects of humanistic and existential approaches.
Technical Eclecticism is an empirically-based approach that allows me to selectively combine the best techniques, regardless of their theoretical origin, and apply them in such a way as to maximize the therapeutic results for a specific client in as short a time as possible (Lazarus, Beutler, & Norcross, 1992; Norcross & Newman, 1992). As a result, I am able to remain flexible enough to tailor the appropriate counseling approach to the issue being addressed. This is preferable to attempting to force the various issues people present with through one particular theoretical orientation that may not be best suited to address the problem.
Norcross, J. C., & Newman, C. F. (1992). Psychotherapy integration: Setting the context. In J. C. Norcross & M. R. Goldfried (Eds.), Handbook of psychotherapy integration (pp. 3– 45). New York: Basic Books.
I regularly work with clients on common issues such as: major life transitions, depression, anxiety, acculturation concerns, work stress, struggles with work-life balance, racial identity, family of origin issues, grief, trauma, and addiction recovery.
I am passionate about working with people of color, students, veterans, people who identify as possessing multiple minority identities, LGBTQIA+ community members, relationship problems, bicultural stress, cultural adjustment, sexual trauma, and issues related to sexual identity and gender.
I am comfortable working with non-heteronormative relationship lifestyles; particularly navigating issues related to open/poly relationships.
Particular Areas of Expertise
Currently, the majority of my practice fees are not directly billable to health insurance. However, I am able to provide clients with the appropriate fee for service invoices for insurance carrier reimbursement.
Counseling for mental health is eligible for reimbursement with a flexible spending account (FSA), health savings account (HSA) or a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA).
Some clients prefer to pay for sessions out-of-pocket rather than using their insurance. There are several reasons such as; you prefer to keep your sessions private by not involving third party administration, your insurance requires a high deductible before coverage starts, or your benefits have run out.
If you would like to use insurance, you must verify that my services are covered under your plan. Ask your insurance company if you have a copayment, deductible, or session limit.
I send claims to your insurance company so, typically, you would not need to do this. However, if your insurance does not cover your sessions, you are still responsible for payment.
If your insurance company is not listed above, I am "out of network". A portion of your bill may be covered, but you will need to verify this. You can pay me directly and then present a claim to your insurance company. I can give you the claim form and receipts.
In addition, EAP clients are responsible for fees or balances due in the event the EAP provider does not pay for part, or all services.
Choosing a therapist is a very important decision so I offer a free 15-20 minute phone consultation appointment to help you take the first step to see if working together will meet your needs.
Following that phone consultation,your first counseling appointment can usually be offered within 24 to 48 business hours.
When we make appointments I am committing to holding that time for you. If a cancellation is unavoidable and my schedule allows, I will reschedule you for another time. Generally, I can be flexible about a missed appointment. If you are unable to keep your scheduled appointment for any reason, please give me at least 24 hours advance notice. If you do not show for an appointment without 24 hours notification then you will be charged a missed appointment fee, to be paid prior to scheduling your next appointment.
Missed appointment fee is $75.
ALL FEES must be made prior to sessions online via Quickbooks Invoice payment, Square payment, or in person by money order, or cash. I also accept payment in the form of ACH via Quickbooks invoice, debit, and credit card payable online via Square payments, or in person.
*Please Note, No Change will be made at the time of service. Please have the exact fee amount.
90791 - Initial Counseling session, Preliminary Psychological diagnostic interview, and Initial treatment planning. (75-minute session) $210.00
90837 - Individual psychotherapy, 60 minutes $125.00
90836 - Individual psychotherapy, 45 minutes $110.00
(when performed with an evaluation & management service)
90832 - Individual psychotherapy, 30 minutes $75.00
90847 - Family Psychotherapy with patient present $175.00
90853 - Group psychotherapy
Non-facility: 26.51 / Facility: 25.79 $50.00 / Session/ Per Client
90839 - Patient in crisis add-on – 60 minutes $165.00
90840 - Patient in crisis add-on – Each additional 30 minutes $75.00
90846 - Family Psychotherapy without client present $125.00
90849 - Multiple-family member group psychotherapy $225.00/ Session/ Per Family
H0001 - Alcohol and other drug assessment with Bio./Psych/Social $375.00
(Non-US DOT SAP EVAL)
G0397 - Alcohol and other drug screening tools and assessment(s) utilized in combination. (more than 30min.) $110.00
G0176 - Activity Therapy such as art, movement, writing, and/or or play therapies not for recreation, related to the care and treatment of the client's mental health challenges of concern. $50.00 / Session/ Per Client
Consulting Services for Individuals and Families
Consulting Services for Behavioral Health Organizations