Frequently Asked Questions
What do I wear to an appointment?
For reiki and zen shiatsu sessions, wear comfortable and loose fitting clothing.
What else do I need to do to prepare for my appointment?
Before your first appointment, you will need to fill out an intake form. Click here to download the appropriate form.
Will my insurance cover my appointment?
I am a Licensed Social Worker in the State of Illinois and a BCBS PPO preferred provider. Several insurance policies will cover the psychotherapy services that I offer. I encourage my clients to contact their insurance company to inquire about their out-of-network benefits prior to the first visit. Clients pay in full at the time of the session and are provided with an invoice to submit for reimbursement.
Please check your coverage carefully by asking the following questions:
• Do I have mental health insurance benefits?
• What is my deductible and has it been met?
• How many sessions per year does my health insurance cover?
• What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
• Is approval required from my primary care physician?
When is payment due?
All fees are due in full at the time of the session. Reduced fees for services are available on a limited basis.
What form of payment do you accept?
Payment can be made by cash, check, Quickpay or Zelle, PayPal, Square (2.6% additional charge for Square)
What is your cancellation policy?
This special time is reserved for you, it is very important that I am contacted as soon as possible in the event you cannot attend. I honor your time and commitment and require that you agree to pay for the time reserved with at least 24 hour notice of the cancellation.
Can you provide more detail on the therapies you provide?
Somatic Experiencing (SE) addresses the stress of trauma, such as; abuse, assault, car accidents, surgeries, or impact falls. It is a body-centered approach to trauma resolution. SE helps to restore the body's natural capacity for self-regulation that is often disrupted as a result of trauma, bringing balance back to the nervous system. SE supports the completion of self-protective responses and the release of thwarted survival energy that may be bound in the body. Survivors of trauma are able to live productive healthy lives, rather than being stuck with the effects of the trauma. Somatic Experiencing is a mindfulness approach to therapy, supporting the body and mind in a holistic perspective. Through a process of bringing more awareness, resource, clarity, attention and general ease in the body, it allows one to stay grounded during states of challenging activity, including highly stressful states from past traumatic experience.
DARe (Dynamic Attachment Repatterning Experience) which utilizes somatic and relational healing techniques to shift the patterns of early attachment wounds that influence adult relationships.
Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. Mindfulness training allows people to take stock of their current experience, evaluate the facts, and focus on one thing at a time. Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts bring us to what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or ruminating about the future.
Becoming Safely Embodied (BSE) is a skills based process to support persons in healing from traumatic events. These skills include; belonging, meditation, separating past from present, identifying thoughts, feelings and body sensations, and welcoming soothing parts.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents and their parents or caregivers who have been impacted by trauma. Research shows that TF-CBT successfully resolves a broad array of emotional and behavioral difficulties associated with single, multiple and complex trauma experiences
Yoga-Informed Psychotherapy involves integrating yoga philosophy into psychotherapy. Yoga-Informed psychotherapy involves applying yoga techniques for fostering emotional well-being, addressing mood disorders, eating disorders, and trauma. Yoga informed psychotherapy includes meditation, movement exercise, yoga postures, and breathing techniques.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) draws mindfulness techniques from Zen Buddhism in order to access here-and-now presence of mind to help people objectively and calmly assess situations, tolerate difficult emotions and experiences, and respond more effectively to suffering. DBT skills provide a way to respond effectively, rather than being the victim of habitual reactions to stressful life situations.