Therapy

If we do not focus on human limits and pathology, what is the alternative? It is the belief that human freedom is possible under any circumstance.

-Jack Kornfield, The Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology

Life can be really hard sometimes.

Let’s start there. I work from the perspective that many of the issues that bring people to therapy are natural responses to the challenges we face as human beings. Sometimes, feeling sad, or angry, or frustrated makes perfect sense in the context of our lives – and yet, we do not want to remain in those states forever. Through the process of therapy, we bring curiosity and compassion to our inner experience – and in the safety of a non-judgmental space, we explore options for change.

I am trained as a holistic psychotherapist, which means I invite examination of mind, body, spirit, and culture into our work together, and recognize that mental wellness depends on the integration of these parts of self. I believe that inherent in every person is the drive toward health and healing; my job as a therapist is to provide the environment where that process can unfold. The therapeutic relationship is one that is co-created – we work together as client and therapist to move toward greater peace, joy, and understanding.

I offer counseling to individuals, couples, and families (adolescents to adults), and I specialize in life transitions and grief & loss. Common client concerns include anxiety, depression, relationship challenges, and loss of a loved one. In my practice I draw from mindfulness-based, transpersonal, existential, and family systems therapies.

Fees

My current rate for a 50-minute therapy session is $90. A limited number of reduced-fee slots are available to help offset the cost of therapy for those who need it. Please inquire about availability.

Insurance

At this time, I am not an “in-network” provider with any insurance panels. However, depending on your coverage, your insurance may cover part or all of your sessions for “out-of-network” providers*. The best way to find out is to call your insurance and ask the following:

  • What are my “outpatient” mental health care benefits?
  • Do you cover treatment with “out-of-network” Limited Licensed Professional Counselors (LLPCs)?
  • Is there a deductible that needs to be met before these benefits go into effect? If so, what is the deductible and how much have I met this year?

If they do offer coverage, you will still pay me at the time of treatment. Upon your request (and/or) at the end of the month, I will provide you with an invoice which you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

* Please note that for reimbursement, insurance companies require practitioners to share certain information about treatment, including a diagnosis. This is something to consider when choosing to use your insurance.

Professional Information

I am a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor (LLPC) in the State of Michigan, and I provide counseling services in the Kalamazoo-Portage area. My license number is 6401015999, and can be verified at the State’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs website.

I hold a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (Holistic) from John F. Kennedy University. The curriculum for this degree meets the educational requirements for the California Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) License and the California Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) License. Find out more at my About page.