Q: What is Christian Counseling?
The way I do Christian Counseling is an integration of psychology and theology. See Christian Counseling and the Blog pages for more.
Using Scripture as a source of truth and guidance, having a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, prayer and God’s work through the Holy Spirit are foundational to how I show up.
Q: What’s a Registered Psychotherapist?
A Registered Psychotherapist is registered with the State Board of Registered Psychotherapists, is not licensed or certified, and no degree, training or experience is required. However the registered psychotherapist is listed in the state’s database and is authorized by law to practice psychotherapy in Colorado but is not licensed by the state and is not required to satisfy any standardized education or testing.
Q: Where am I in Denver?
My office is located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver at 8th and Sherman. Parking is on the street or in a lot adjacent to the building.
Q: Is she the right therapist for me?
Normally I conduct a 15-20 minute complimentary evaluation session on the phone. During this time we can both decide if I am the best person to provide the services you need in order to meet your goals. By the end of this time, I will be able to offer my impressions of what our work could include. If you have questions about my procedures, we can discuss them as they arise. If you think another counselor would meet your needs better, I can provide a referral.
Q: What am I getting myself into?
Psychotherapy is an active and creative process between client and therapist. It varies depending on the personalities of the client and therapist. It is not like a medical doctor visit, as you are an active participant in the process. For therapy to be most effective, we will talk about our sessions as well as what happens outside the counseling office. I want to hear about your goals in counseling, how therapy is proceeding, your questions about methods and your feedback about what is or is not helpful.
The counseling and psychotherapeutic process has potential benefits and risks. Since therapy often includes discussing unpleasant aspects of your life, you may experience strong, conflicting and unsettling emotions (e.g. sadness, anger, shame, guilt, loneliness, helplessness, confusion, pain and anxiety). You may also experience the need to make difficult decisions; conflicts between existing assumptions and beliefs; and even physical distress. It is important that you inform me immediately if any of these symptoms occur. On the other hand, counseling has been shown to have many benefits. Therapy often leads to better relationships; solutions to specific problems; and significant reductions in feelings of distress.
Your therapist will monitor outcomes in session, tracking to ensure the therapeutic process is beneficial to you and having a positive impact. These assessments may be brief forms or a direct conversation with your therapist.
Q: How much does therapy cost?
The rate of $110/hour is based on a 50 minute clinical hour. Therapy sessions lasting over 50 minutes will be subject to additional service fees. These rates are for individuals, couples and families and include phone consultations; emergency or after hour consultations; and correspondence. The flat rate per an hour and a half session for group participation is $70. If a report or consultation with an outside party is requested, please understand that you will be charged for anytime needed to prepare documentation or for a phone or in-person consultation. My therapist standard fee of $110/hour will apply.
Fees are evaluated on an annual basis; should there be an increase, you will be given 60 days notice.
In the event that therapy is not affordable for you at this time, please seek financial assistance from your extended family or church. Also Shepherd’s Gate Counseling at Denver Seminary or your county mental health center may be options for you and your family.