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Frequently Asked Questions of Charter Oak Counseling

What are my payment options?
I accept cash, check, or credit card payments at the time of service. I am also a contracted provider with many insurance companies, including Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield, Lifesync/Humana, First Choice. I am routinely becoming “in network” with other insurers, so contact me directly to inquiry about your insurance provider.  Please check with your insurance company to determine your coverage.

There are pros and cons to both privately paying and utilizing your insurance benefits. For those wishing to pay privately, I offer monthly receipts and provide you with all of the necessary paperwork to get reimbursed by your insurance provider. I offer several sliding scale slots for those experiencing financial hardship.

What is a session with you like?
I generally meet with clients for 50 minutes at a time. During the first session, I like to review what brings you in to see me and what your goals and expectations are for working together. I give clients something to work on each week so that we can make progress during the time we are not together and to practice things that have been discussed.

What is your background?
I grew up in a small town in Connecticut and moved to Los Angeles for college. I received a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations at Pomona College and obtained a Master of Social Work at Boston College. While at Boston College, I focused on International Social Work and spent four months in Ghana working on an HIV prevention program for adolescent women, sponsored by the MAC AIDS Fund. I moved to Seattle in 2008 and have been loving exploring and eating my way through the pacific northwest! 

What kinds of clients do you see?
While I see men and women with symptoms of anxiety and depression, my practice focuses primarily on women’s wellness. I work with women ages 15 and over on issues ranging from grief and loss, trauma and sexual assault, domestic violence, and career and relationship issues. I work from a strengths-based perspective and employ an eclectic theoretical approach, which borrows primarily from CBT, mindfulness based cognitive therapy, and motivational interviewing.

What are your interests?
In my free time, I love to read, run around Green Lake, and travel. I blogged about my adventures in Ghana at: http://windingthroughghana.blogspot.com/. I’ve been an active volunteer with Planned Parenthood for many years.


What is your cancellation policy?
I ask the clients provide at least 24 hours notice if an appointment needs to be cancelled or rescheduled. I understand that sometimes life intervenes and unexpected things come up, and I can usually offer a make up appointment to avoid a missed appointment fee. 

 

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