Common questions

What does a typical counseling session look like?
Each session will be tailored to your needs, goals, and interests. Counseling sessions may include dialogue, art-making, Shamanic Breathwork, Reiki energy healing, experiential practices, walks in nature, and more.

What is a typical Shamanic Breathwork session like? 
Shamanic Breathwork sessions include powerful chakra-attuned music from around the world that lasts for 45-60 minutes, the practice of a simple rhythmic breath that connects you wtih profound levels of healing, Reiki energy healing, gentle massage, art-making, and integrative dialogue.

Do you take insurance, and how does that work?
 I am committed to offering counseling services that are accesible and affordable to individuals and families. I do not accept insurance because my practice does not rely on making the DSM mental health diagnoses that are required for insurance reimbursement. My focus is creating healing and transformation through understanding the complexity of an individual from a holistic standpoint: mind, body, heart + spirit. In addition, the majority of counseling goals of my clients such as personal exploration, couple relationship issues, parent-child relationship issues, and self-actualization are not convered by most insurance policies.

My hourly counseling fee is $100, but I offer all clients the option of a sliding scale fee down to $75 per hour based on financial need. Please ask me about how we can make services accesible to you.

Are you a licensed counselor or therapist?
I am a doctoral level, ordained Shamanic Minister. I have also completed a clinical Master's degree in Marriage & Family Therapy, and an undergraduate degree in Family Social Science with an emphasis in Complementary & Alternative Medicine. As discussed above, I chose not to become licensed as an LMFT because I do not emphasize mental health diagnoses in my work and I believe that effective treatment often includes healing energy and body work (which is not included in traditional counseling). My ministerial ordainment allows me to legally counsel clients, provide energy and body work, and perform spiritual ceremonies within the community. I am ordained as a Shamanic Minister through theShamanic Ministers' Global Network of Venus Rising Association for Transformation.

Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and counselor. Successful counseling requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the counselor's office.   Every counselor 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 counselor to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, Naturopath, Attorney), but by law your counselor cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.
 
However, state law and professional ethics require counselors 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.