How can therapy help me?
A number of benefits are available from participating in therapy
. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem
or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
- Developing skills for improving your relationships
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
- Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
- Improving communications and listening skills
- Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
- Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
Why does my work stand out from others who do what you do?
My eclectic background of having lived in 3 different cultures (the Netherlands: Israel: and the United States), my experience working in the military for 5 years, my teaching background
as an adjunct professor, my trauma informed focus on interpersonal neurobiology (body-oriented psychotherapy), my years of experience supervising beginning therapists, my love for the profession.
What do I like most about my calling?
The most gratifying part of helping others is when people feel they are getting themselves back into a place of hope, feeling loved and respected, connected to themselves (mind & body), becoming more creative and resilient.
How did you decide to get in your line of work?
Being the oldest child of a Dutch family of Holocaust survivors, I “learned” how trauma and resiliency gets transmitted from one generation to the next. My attempt to reclaim myself (what neuroses belong to me versus what is my family’s), my fascination of learning how the body keeps the score
, my interest in helping people be securely attached and engaged with each other all brought me to this exciting calling.
What is my greatest strength?
I am very attentive, caring, dependable, creative, open-minded, intuitive and non-imposing. I have practiced over 30 years in this field.
Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you're at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy
. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.
Why do people go to therapy and how do I know if it is right for me?
People have many different motivations for coming to psychotherapy. Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well. Some people need assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts and creative blocks. Therapy can help provide some much needed encouragement and help with skills to get them through these periods. Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life. In short, people seeking psychotherapy are ready to meet the challenges in their lives and ready to make changes in their lives.
What is therapy like?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly).
It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate
in the process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life. Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process - such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals. People seeking psychotherapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.
What about medication vs. psychotherapy?
It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication
. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what's best for you, and in some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action.
Do you take insurance, and how does that work?
coverage has advantages and disadvantages. I am currently covered by Regence BCBS, Moda and Magellan Behavioral Health . I accept cash pay and also 3rd part pay (out of network insurance) in my private practice. This allows me to keep my fees fairly reasonable and my treatment options with you more flexible in terms of duration , frequency, treatment modalities and medical necessity. Furthermore, if you pay cash for a session, no one has to know but you and your therapist. There is no public record of your time spend there. Your therapist's notes are protected legal documents. My license may be covered by some insurance companies, you must talk to your insurer to determine whether or not my services are covered. At your request I will provide a statement with all necessary billing and payment information that you can submit to your insurance. My fee for one hour of counseling (individual, family or couple) is $120.- per hour. (cash or check, no credit card please). . My fee for clinical supervision is $65.- per hour. I have a sliding scale of $85.- per hour for annual gross family income of $34,999 and below.
Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist's office. Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure
agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent”. Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, Naturopath, Attorney), but by law your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.
However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:
* Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
* If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threated to harm another person.