Where is your office located?
I am available Mondays in Castle Rock at 425 Wilcox Street, Suite 250, Castle Rock, CO 80104. I am available Tuesday through Friday in Lone Tree at 5650 Greenwood Plaza Boulevard, Greenwood Village, CO 80111.
You can see me at either location. For example, if you live in Castle Rock but work in the DTC and want to book an appointment for when you’re on your way home (i.e. avoid rush hour), you can still see me in Lone Tree.
What are your hours?
I am available from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. If you need an appointment for after work, just ask. I can oftentimes accommodate this!
How long are sessions?
Sessions are 50 minutes. This is considered a full “clinical hour” and is standard across most practices in the USA. I can also accommodate 75-minute sessions or a 50-minute session twice a week. I charge by the hour.
What is superbilling?
Superbilling is essentially a receipt for out of network health services. I will provide you with a form after each session that has the proper insurance codes and information.
You simply mail this to your insurance company and based on your benefits, they may reimburse you a certain percentage or simply use the cost of sessions to count towards your deductible.
How do I set up an initial appointment?
Give me a call and we can set up a free, full hour consultation where you’ll learn more about me and I about you. If I determine that I can help you, then we will set up a first appointment at whichever location is most convenient for you!
What is your cancellation policy?
I require cancellations 24 hours before an appointment.
If an appointment is cancelled within 24 hours for non-emergency purposes, it will be considered a late cancellation and the full cost of the session will still be due.
What age ranges do you work with?
12 and up!
Do you work with women? Men? Couples?
Right now, I only offer sessions for individuals identifying as any gender. I also run a group for parents of children struggling with mental health issues.
What do you actually do in sessions with clients?
We sit, you talk, I give feedback, you tell me if I’m full of it or if the feedback was good for you. Lather, rinse, repeat.
Sometimes, we go for a walk. Sometimes, we go for lots of walks – if that’s something you enjoy. There are a few trails in Castle Rock I utilize for this, and there is a great walking path in Lone Tree outside my office as well.
But be warned, I can’t fully protect confidentiality when we leave the office. However, it’s been my experience that the benefits substantially outweigh the risks.
Do your clients receive assignments to work on between sessions?
I’ll make suggestions of things you can try. Whatever sticks in your mind when you leave is usually what I’d want you to focus on. Counseling is like skiing that way. Ski the run you’re on instead of looking over at one on a different peak. You won’t hit trees that way!
What modalities do you use in your client work?
Primarily, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Existential Therapy, with influences from Internal Family Systems and Gestalt Psychology.
All of my care is trauma informed.
What is your professional training and experience?
I’ve worked for a year as an inpatient addictions treatment counselor. I still currently work part-time as a counselor at Highlands Behavioral Health in their intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs for both adults and adolescents.
I am currently supervised by Dr. Janelle Hallman, who is one of the most inspiration people I have ever met. She supervises me on all my cases. You could not be in better hands with her.
What else does a client need to know to succeed with you?
Come ready to talk.
While I want you to go at your own pace, I still need content to work with. If you find that you’re having difficulty figuring out what you’d like to talk about in sessions, keep a journal handy throughout the week.
I’ve struggled with this before in my own counseling sessions, so I have an app on my phone (since we all always have our phones with us all the time. Just own it. I ain’t judging) where I will write down things that pop into my head that I want to discuss with my counselor. I will also summarize confusing thoughts or emotions I experience throughout the week that I can’t process on my own and want help with.
It might seem simple, but it’s a GREAT way to get your thoughts in order about what you’d like to talk about. If you decide that you get to session and want to talk about something else, that’s fine too! But the journaling will really help boost your mindfulness in the meantime.
I see you went to Seminary. Does that make you a nun?
You should know that I wear a full habit and go by Sister Tasha and request that you cross yourself with holy water before entering my office…which would be hilarious if it were true.
No, I am not a nun and I actually don’t incorporate faith into sessions unless requested and even then, we will talk about the very specific parameters that you would like to bring in. I chose to attend Denver Seminary, which is a faith-based academic institution in Littleton, CO, because they place very strong emphasis on counselor self-awareness and equipping practitioners to hold emotional spaces. This is all to avoid counselor biases and influences.
So, we can talk shop about faith, religion, Christianity, atheism, Buddhism, deism, whatever you like. This is a nonjudgmental space for you to explore your inner world!