SERVICES

INDIVIDUAL THERAPY

I provide individual psychotherapy for adults. Sessions are 45 or 55 minutes and typically occur weekly or every other week.

If you are a new client, I offer a free, 15-minute phone consultation to determine whether I will be a good fit for your needs.

All new clients first attend a 60-minute intake assessment. The purpose of this session is to gather all of the background info that will be helpful for working with you.

Limited in-person sessions are offered. Telehealth (video) sessions are offered to all using a HIPAA-secure platform. Due to state laws, you must attend virtual sessions while you are physically located within the state of Michigan.

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Policies

Insurance

 

I currently accept: I am accepting only private pay at the moment. This will change in the coming months so please check back. 

You are responsible for verifying your insurance benefits prior to making an appointment with me. You are responsible for paying any copays, coinsurance, and/or deductibles. If your insurance plan does not cover a particular service, you will be financially responsible for paying my fee. Some questions to ask your insurance company:

  • Do I have behavioral health insurance benefits?

  • Do I need preauthorization before attending psychotherapy?

  • Do I have a deductible to meet? If yes, how much?

  • Do I have a copay? If yes, how much?

  • Do I have a yearly session limit?

 

I also accept people wanting to use their Out of Network benefits. You are responsible for confirming your Out of Network benefits prior to working with me. I will charge you my full session fee at the time of service and provide you with a superbill, which you are then responsible for submitting to your insurance company for reimbursement.

Private Pay

For private pay, your payment is expected at the end of your session. I accept cash, check, or credit card.

Insurance vs. Private Pay

For many, insurance is a more affordable way to cover the costs of therapy. However, there are some advantages to opting for private pay. First, any diagnoses and treatment records are kept off of your insurance record. All proceedings in therapy are kept confidential. Secondly, when you opt for private pay, there is no insurance to limit sessions or mandate certain treatments. The length of treatment and the implementation of that treatment is left up to my professional discretion as a psychologist.

Appointment Availability

I am available for appointments Mon-Fri, 9AM-5PM, by appointment only. Typically people have the same time slot blocked out from week to week, so the availability of new appointments will be dependent on that. Unfortunately, I cannot offer evening or weekend times.

 
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Assessment for Gender-affirming Medical Care

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Seeking a psychological evaluation to receive your gender-affirming medical care, such as HRT or surgery? I follow the World Professional Association for Transgender Health's Standards of Care to help ensure a smooth process to getting your evaluation letter accepted and the care you need as quickly as possible. 

What to expect

1. ) Call me for a free, 15-minute consultation so that I can confirm that I can provide the service you are looking for. You are welcome to ask any questions about me or the process you may have.

2.) Attend a 1-hour session with me that's called a "bio-psycho-social" assessment. I'll be asking you questions about your psychological, physical, and social background and will review your transition process. I know this might sound intimidating and invasive, but it provides important information that I will need in order to write your letter. 

3.) I complete letters to support your gender-affirming medical care within a week. To keep the process transparent, I will show you a copy of the letter for your approval before sending it along to its final destination. 

4.) Past the assessment, there is no requirement to continue seeing me for therapy. If I think therapy may benefit you or be helpful in your transition process, I may recommend attending therapy. However, there is no requirement to do therapy with me and I'd be happy to provide referrals if you are interested.

 

speaking engagements

I offer psychoeducational talks, customized to fit your group's needs on a variety of topics including managing stress and anxiety, growing your identity as an ally to LGBTQ+ communities, and moving towards an anti-racist identity. If you are interested in a topic not listed here, please don't hesitate to reach out to see if I can help create a custom presentation for you. 

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Taming Your Anxiety

 

  • Learn what anxiety does for us and how it can become too much.

  • Learn skills for reducing difficult anxiety. 

  • Learn mindfulness skills for calming stress and anxiety.

  • Handouts and other materials are provided.

Taming Your Emotions

  • Learn about the not-so-secret language of emotions and what your mind is trying to communicate with you.

  • Learn skills for understanding and managing tough emotions.

  • Learn mindfulness skills for regulating overwhelming emotions.

  • Handouts and other materials are provided.

Upgrade Your Relationships! How to Make Better Boundaries and Use Smart Communication

  • Gain awareness of common pitfalls we make in our relationships.

  • Learn about the three basic asks in relationships and how to prioritize your needs.

  • Learn practical skills for setting healthy boundaries

  • Gain skills in assertive communication and getting what you want out of your relationships.

  • Handouts and other materials are provided.

LGBTQ+ Ally Development

I offer a series of workshop trainings on LGTBQ+ ally development. Several options are available to meet the needs of your group.

An Overview of LGBTQ+ Allyship (3 hours)

  • Raises awareness of why allyship is so important and big issues impacting the LGBTQ+ community. 

  • Provides education about basic terms and concepts important for understanding sexual orientation and gender identity.

  • Training of skills needed to be an effective ally. 

  • Integrates various media into the presentation including videos and memes.

  • Includes interactive group activities.

  • Handouts and other materials are provided.

Getting Started: A Brief Overview of LGBTQ+ Allyship (1 hour)

  • Provides a very brief overview of LGBTQ+ issues and allyship.

  • Integrates various media into the presentation including videos and memes.

  • Handouts and other materials are provided.

Ally Training to the LGBQ+ Community (2 hours)

  • This presentation takes a deeper dive into sexual orientation issues and being a heterosexual ally.

  • Raises awareness of why allyship is so important and big issues impacting the LGBQ+ community. 

  • Provides education about basic terms and concepts important for understanding sexual orientation.

  • Exploration of heterosexual privilege and how to work with one's own defensiveness.

  • Promotion of skills needed to be an effective ally. 

  • Integrates various media into the presentation including videos and memes.

  • Includes interactive group activities.

  • Handouts and other materials are provided.

Ally Training to the Trans Community (2 hours)

  • This presentation takes a deeper dive into gender identity issues and being a cisgender ally.

  • Raises awareness of why allyship is so important and big issues impacting the trans & gender diverse community. 

  • Provides education about basic terms and concepts important for understanding gender identity.

  • Exploration of cisgender privilege and how to work with one's own defensiveness.

  • Promotion of skills needed to be an effective ally. 

  • Integrates various media into the presentation including videos and memes.

  • Includes interactive group activities.

  • Handouts and other materials are provided.