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FAQ'S

What are your qualifications and what kind of therapy do you do?
I have a master’s degree in mental health counseling. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor by the state of Colorado and certified by the NBCC (National Board of Certified Counselors). I am trained in Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and have advanced training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I may use one or several of these modalities to help you meet your goals by examining the connection between how you think, feel (emotionally and physically), behave, and interact with your surroundings or the people in your life. I also teach skills in mindfulness, cognitive restructuring, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness.

What is therapy like and does therapy work?
With me as your therapist, I will help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges; therefore, psychotherapy is not like a medical doctor visit. Every therapy session is unique and caters to my individual clients and their specific goals. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts around 50 minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions. Some sessions you may feel better, some you may not. The counseling process can open up levels of awareness that can be painful where you may experience uncomfortable emotions or have to face difficult decisions about relationships, places, people, etc. However, most of my clients do make changes that are important to them, ultimately making them feel better and improving their relationships and overall quality of life.
Our first few sessions will be an evaluation of your needs. I will offer you an idea of how we can address your concerns and come up with a treatment plan, should you decide to stay in therapy. I will treat you with compassion, respect and care. I do believe that we all have an innate power to heal and I look forward to joining you on your journey to living your life fully and living your life well.
When do you see clients?
My hours and days vary based on my schedule; however, I work most Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. I am sharing office space with a colleague who uses the office on Mondays and Wednesdays. I do have evening and weekend appointments available for established clients.
What should I do if I am in crisis?
If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 911 or go to the closest emergency room. For after-hours, non-life-threatening psychiatric and behavioral health emergencies, call Touchstone’s mental health hotline at 970-221-2114.
Otherwise you may leave a message on my voice mail at 970.646.6566 and I will get back to you within 24 – 48 hours or at the time designated on my voice mail. Neither my voice mail nor email is to be used in an emergency.

How do I make or cancel an appointment?
You can make or cancel an appointment by calling 970.646.6566.  Appointments cancelled less than 24 hours in advance will be charged a full session fee. Do not send an email or text to cancel an appointment. If you are a new client, please contact me at 970.646.6566 and leave me your phone number and times you can be reached. My voicemail is confidential and I periodically check my messages throughout the day so I will be sure to get back to you quickly.

Can I send you emails?
You may contact me by email at lifewellcounseling@gmail.com regarding non-urgent scheduling issues and with general information that does not require a response. I will read the email but can’t guarantee that I will respond to it.  Be aware that the confidentiality of any email communication cannot be guaranteed. Do not use email for emergency contact or cancellations.
How do I know that what we talk about will be kept private?
Your medical record will be kept confidential, and that confidentiality includes all aspects of the topics discussed within the therapeutic setting. However, by law, there are limitations to confidentiality in cases when one or more of the following occur:
  • Intent to commit suicide
  • Intent to commit homicide
  • Any other act or intention to act in a way that may be a danger to self or others
  • Information regarding child or elder abuse/neglect that mental health providers are mandated by law to report
  • A court subpoena for records
  • Information regarding unprofessional conduct by another behavioral health professional
  • If I need to inform an identified third party of risk of contagious/fatal disease or potential harm.
The law protects the privacy of all communications between a patient and a psychotherapist. In most situations, I can only release information about your treatment to others if you sign a written Authorization form that meets certain legal requirements imposed by HIPAA. 
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