Frequently Asked Questions
This is the place to find common forms and answers to your frequently asked questions (FAQs)
about Enliven Counseling Therapy.
Forms for our first session
As part of getting to know each other, I invite new clients to complete an Intake Form and bring it to our first session. Don't worry if you forget to bring a copy; I'll have printed ones at my office when you arrive.
We'll also go over my Professional Disclosure Statement together when we first meet. Feel free to read it in advance if you'd like and let me know if you have any questions. As with the Intake Form, printed copies are available at my office.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Having questions about what is involved in counseling is normal and shows your dedication to finding out what you want to know. Here are some answers to questions people often ask about Enliven Counseling Therapy.
What's the best way to get in touch with you?
I recommend using this form or calling me on 206.327.3351.
Where is your office located?
444 NE Ravenna Boulevard, Seattle, WA 98115, located just off I-5 (exit 170 northbound/exit 171 southbound) in Seattle's Green Lake/Roosevelt neighborhood.
Can I arrange a free consultation with you?
Yes, I offer free consultations by phone or in person if you would like one. This can provide an opportunity to address whatever questions you may have, and for us to talk a little about your therapeutic goals and how we might work towards them together.
What can I expect at my first counseling session?
We'll meet in the waiting area where you can help yourself to tea, water, etc. then sit down in my office. We'll talk about your goals for counseling, cover questions you might have, and review necessary paperwork (see "Forms" above). The rest of our session will likely be spent exploring the issues that led you to make an appointment in the first place. Our initial session will run a little longer than standard sessions, so that we can get know each other and BEGIN therapy at our first meeting. Intake sessions are 110 minutes for couples and 75 minutes for individuals; standard for individuals last 50 minutes. Sessions for couples usually last 75 minutes.
What specialized training do you have?
In addition to a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, I have completed advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples (EFT-C), Emotion Focused Therapy for individuals (EFT-I), as well as Level 1 Gottman Couple Therapy. I've also trained as a Mediator through the Dispute Resolution Center of King County, and participate regularly in continuing education and other professional activities, including giving presentations.
What types of payment do you accept?
You can pay by cash, check, debit or credit card, or HSA/FSA. Payment is due at each appointment and I can provide you with a receipt if you'd like one.
What are your fees?
My standard fees are $150 (75 minutes) for couples and $100 (50 minutes) for individuals. Our first session together will be a little longer so that we can get to know each other, complete necessary paperwork, and START therapy together. For this reason, intake fees are $175 (110 minutes) for couples and $120 (75 minutes) for individuals. If we agree to meet for a different length of time, we'll adjust the fee.
I'm concerned about how I'll pay for counseling. Do you offer reduced fee services?
Yes. I understand how cost can create barriers to accessing quality counseling therapy services. As part of my commitment to help lower these barriers, I offer reduced fee sessions based on your financial need and my availability. Reduced fees are assessed on your self-reported income as set out in my Reduced Fee Policy. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Do you accept insurance, and how does that work?
I'm not a member of any insurance panels, in part because insurance rarely offers coverage for couple counseling. I provide "out-of-network" services for individual counseling, and I can assist you by providing receipts with the information they require (sometimes called “super bills”). However, due to the varying policies of insurance companies, I cannot guarantee what reimbursement you'll receive from them. I don't bill insurance directly and paying for your services remains your responsibility.
If you'd like to use your health insurance, it is important to find out what services it covers. Also, using your insurance will require a formal diagnosis to determine your eligibility for benefits and may limit the ways we are able work together.
Here are some helpful questions you can ask your insurance company:
What are my mental health benefits?
What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
Is approval required from my primary care physician?
Please let me know if you have any questions.
What is parking, transit and bike access like in your neighborhood?
My office offers free parking and excellent access to transit and bike paths. You can park for free in our surface lot, and along Ravenna Boulevard or NE 68th Avenue. Transit routes 26, 45, 62, 63, 64, 67, 76, 316 & 542 all stop nearby. If you're cycling, you can use the protected bike lanes around Greenlake park or on NE Ravenna Boulevard to reach my office and the bike lockup in our covered garage.
Is your office accessible?
I strive to make my office as accessible as possible. For example, there is accessible parking with direct access to the elevator in our building. If you have questions about particular accommodations or have specific concerns, please get in touch!
I have a question that isn't answered here.
Please get in touch with me. I'd be happy to explore your question with you.