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Group Therapy

My Mission: Whether you experience social anxiety, OCD, dissociation, you name it, you likely are very familiar with suffering. You likely have experienced feeling like the “odd one out.”  For many of us, our wounding and suffering started really young, or we may not know a life without it. Receiving the right information, messaging, and care is something our society has struggled to provide. For many of us, it may have taken us years, a decade or two to finally find language to our experiences, let alone adequate resources and community. My mission is to be an active contributor to this problem. Part of my contribution is to provide opportunities for connection and belonging. Most importantly, I will strive to provide a space where you(s) can lean into being the most authentic you(s).

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What are the benefits of participating in Mindful Therapy Practice process groups?

There will be a screening conducted by your facilitator who is highly qualified in providing effective and compassionate care, specifically for individuals with complex PTSD and dissociative adaptations and systems.

Your facilitator will ensure the virtual space provided is comfortable, supportive, respectful, welcoming, and compassionate. Benefits to participating in process groups include but are not limited to the following:

  • An opportunity for you(s) to lean into your authenticity

  • An opportunity to practice taking up space

  • An opportunity for your voice(s) to be heard

  • An opportunity to put into practice new tools, skills you have learned

  • An opportunity to practice letting go of shame, self-criticism and lean into just being you(s)

  • An opportunity to add more positive social experiences to your system’s memory network

  • An opportunity to experience community and true belonging

Things to explore and be mindful about prior to and during group participation:

  1.  It is not mandatory to have an individual therapist, although it is highly recommended. 

  2. I invite you to be curious about possible triggers that may come up, as we all experience triggers.  Noticing these triggers will help you be mindful about the self-care that is needed. Noticing these triggers can be opportunities for your continued individual growth, whether with an individual therapist or not. You can use this link for handouts that could better help you internally explore material that is coming up for you.

  3. I invite you to be curious about your support system outside of the group.

  4. I invite you to engage in some additional learning to further support you in making sense of your experiences.  We all consume and process information differently. You can use this link to explore suggestions for books, podcasts, videos.

What if I'm anxious about
participating in a group?

Anxiety is a normal human experience, but for many of us, our alarm system needed to be on high alert and active in order to help us survive environments and experiences that were unsafe and threatening. For many of us, there was simply not enough soothing from our caregivers, resulting in our brain constantly making efforts to solve problems and make sense of things completely on our own, resulting in overwhelm and self-doubt. Many of us have experienced harsh criticism or verbal abuse that has taught us that being seen and heard is not safe. As an adult, and hopefully now away from the environments/people/systems that caused you to be on constant alert, joining a process group can be an opportunity to befriend your nervous system and teach your body and brain that not all environments/people/places/systems are threatening. Participating in a group can be an opportunity for you to practice connecting with your system in a way that is more collaborative, where you can practice self or system soothing. Tools for self and system soothing will be discussed, explored, and practiced in the first group session, and likely at each group session.

Support Group FAQ

  • HOW MUCH DOES EACH SESSION COST?
    The cost of each 50-minute session is $175. Extended 90 minute sessions for EMDR are $262 for 90 minutes. The cost of each clinical consultation for therapists is $125. At this time, all sliding scale slots are taken.
  • HOW DOES INSURANCE WORK?
    I currently am only accepting self-pay clients at this time. I am considered an out-of-network provider for insurances. Contact your insurance provider to determine if you have out-of-network outpatient therapy coverage. Some questions to consider are: • Do I have mental health benefits? • What is my deductible and has it been met? • How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover? • How much will I be reimbursed? (Most insurance companies reimburse between 50-80% after your deductible is met.) Super-bills can be provided to you, which you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
  • HOW DO WE START?
    Contact me to schedule your free 15-30 minute phone consultation to discuss your needs and expectations for therapy. We can determine if I am a good match for your goals and then will schedule sessions appropriately. If you are interested in starting therapy but are experiencing barriers and/or scheduling conflicts that prevent you from traveling to me, contact me and we can discuss teletherapy options.
  • HOW LONG ARE THERAPY SESSIONS AND HOW OFTEN WILL WE MEET?
    Sessions are generally 50 min and usually scheduled weekly. However, therapy is an individual process and no two people's journeys are the same. We will establish mutual goals with a timeline that seems appropriate to your needs and concerns.
  • WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?
    I require at least 24 hours notice of cancellation. If the appointment is not canceled with 24 hours notice, you will be charged the full session fee.
  • WHAT IS YOUR FEE AND HOW DO YOU DETERMINE YOUR FEE?
    I specialize in trauma, specifically complex developmental trauma known as Complex PTSD. In order to be effective and provide my clients with the long-term and lasting change they desire, I must continue to immerse myself in the current research, protocols, and approaches that are constantly changing as a result of advances in science. Learning new protocols, models, approaches, and interventions require me to be in regular consultation with pioneers and leaders in the field of trauma. My current fee of $175 takes into account the personal capital and financial capital of the aforementioned requirements of specializing in trauma-informed care. I am transparent about my fees, in accordance with the No Surprises Act.
  • DO YOU OFFER A SLIDING SCALE/LOWER RATE?
    Yes I do; however, all sliding scale slots are full at this time, likely through the end of December 2022. Please see my resource page for a list of recommended therapists.
  • CAN I USE MY INSURANCE TO PAY FOR THERAPY?
    Yes. Many insurance companies reimburse a portion of the cost of psychotherapy. For insurance purposes, I am considered an out-of-network provider and will provide a monthly invoice for you to submit for reimbursement (upon your request). It's best to determine the exact details of your policy ahead of time, including what benefits are available regarding out-of-network providers, by contacting the members services phone number listed on the back of your insurance card. Many times you will find that there is an out of pocket dollar amount that must be reached before your insurance begins paying for mental health services.You can inquire about the specifics of your insurance plan through your insurance's member services.
  • WHAT IS YOUR COMMITMENT TO YOUR CLIENTS?
    An effective therapist is informed, available, and attuned. I stay updated on evidence-based psychotherapy research, continuously pursue advanced trainings, and receive ongoing consultation with EMDR experts. I offer a limited number of spots in my practice to ensure that each client receives the attention, care, and responsiveness they deserve. I also regularly make worksheets specific to my clients' needs, in an effort to encourage my clients to stay connected to their therapeutic journey.
  • ARE WE A GOOD FIT?
    Let's find out. It's important that you feel safe with your therapist. Therapy is your space to do your work. The clients in my practice have this experience with me. If we feel we are not a good fit after our initial session, I am happy to share additional referrals of trusted colleagues. If you wish to schedule a free initial 15-20 minute virtual consultation to explore our fit together, please use this link for scheduling.
  • WHAT IS GOOD FAITH ESTIMATE?
    Under the law, health care providers need to give patients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the bill for medical items and services - Read More...
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