What is therapy?

Everyone experiences challenging situations in life and while some situations are easier than others, there is nothing wrong with seeking extra support when it feels like too much to handle. In fact, knowing that you are in over your head and reaching out to ask for help is something to be admired. Therapy offers lasting support to give you the tools you need to succeed even after session is over.

What to expect from your first appointment?

Your first appointment will be us getting to know each other and completing paperwork. I will inquire about what brings you to counseling and want your goals are for change. It is important that you feel safe and comfortable throughout your experience. I can answer any of your questions and walk you through the process. It often feels like a first date; awkward and exciting!

What will therapy be like?

Everyone has different needs and goals for therapy so it varies for per individual. Overall, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your past history relevant to what brings you here and review progress from the previous therapy sessions. It is most common that we will meet weekly for 50-60 minute appointments.

Note, it is important to understand that you will get better results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. This means using the skills that you will learn in session outside of session in your day-to-day life. Which then means that your therapist will suggest some tips and tricks you can do outside of therapy to support your growth – such as reading a book, journaling, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals. People who are ready to make a change often want a new tools and techniques to make lasting change.

Do you take my insurance?

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Tricare
  • Life Wise
  • Montana Health Co Op
  • University of Utah
  • Health Plans

How long does therapy last?

Therapy has no specific deadline! Most clients report feeling better with in the first few months of regular attended therapy.

Will you tell anyone what I talk about with you?

Your confidentially is important! Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust between you and your therapist. When you begin services, your therapist will provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement (this is called “Informed Consent”). This form details that what you say in session, stays in session. However, due to State law and licensed counselor ethics (your counselor is a mandated reporter) there are three exceptions to this rule;

  1. if there is suspected past or present abuse or neglect of a child, adult or an elder your therapist MUST report this to the appropriate service including but not limited to CPS, APS and Crime Check.
  2. If the therapist has reason to suspect a client is in serious danger of harming him/herself or
  3. harming and/or threatening to harm another person.

*If you have any questions about confidentiality or if this is something that would need to be reported this can be discussed with your therapist.

Continuing, there are times where you may want your therapist to provide information to someone on your healthcare team. If this is the case, you will complete a release of information detailing what information you are allowing your therapist to share with the identified individual.

Can you prescribe me medication for my mental health?

I am not a psychiatrist and therefore I cannot prescribe any type of medications.

How do I set up an appointment?

The most efficient way to make and appointment will be to reach out via email or phone. If there is no answer, please leave a message and I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible.

What is the cancellation policy?

I require 24 hours notice to cancel and/or reschedule an appointment. If cancelling after 24 hours your card on file will be charged full rate for that appointment.

How do I prepare my child for therapy?

Going to a therapist is much different than going to a doctor’s appointment or the dentist. I encourage you to speak to your child about why they get to come to therapy and what my role in their world is. We will also discuss this at our first appointment so that everyone is on the same page. Children often need some time to warm up to the space and myself – however, with all my tools of fun, this doesn’t usually take long. Please use the Social Story tab to read with your child prior to therapy to help calm nerves and spark any questions they might have.

What did the momma cow say to her baby?

Its pasture bedtime!

What do you call a fake noodle?

An Impasta!