Frequently Asked Questions About Therapy

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What types of clients have you worked with?

Client Types: -children of all ages (elementary, middle and high school) -foster and probation youth -pregnant and parenting mothers -culturally diverse individuals -military and their families -adults -families -groups -couples -geriatric  -LGBTQI+  

Presenting Issues: -domestic violence -life transitions -depression -PTSD -anxiety -grief -divorce -sexual assault -stalking -intimacy and sexual issues -eating disorders -abuse -incest -communication -anger -schizophrenia and related disorders -bipolar disorder  and much more 

What is a Marriage and Family Therapy Associate (AMF)?

A Marriage and Family Therapy Associate is an individual who has acquired a Masters Degree in Counseling but is still earning hours toward licensure and consults with a licensed professional in the treatment of clients on a weekly basis in order to assure quality client care. To learn more, please see the Board Of Behavioral Science's Website.

Why should I choose an Associate versus a licensed MFT?

Choosing an associate for therapy may be a great option as you will often have a lower out of pocket cost. Associates are often well versed in current research, law and ethics and have a fresh perspective. An associate is also less likely to have compassion fatigue than a seasoned veteran, yet still has the experience and expertise of a veteran through consultation. Lauren is a very seasoned associate, offering the ideal mix of experience and affordable pricing.

Do you accept insurance?

Not directly. I do accept Health Spending Accounts (HSA's). I additionally can provide an invoice of services (superbill) which can be submitted to your insurance for possible reimbursement coverage under your "out of network"benefits.

Why do you not accept insurance?

There are several reasons why accepting insurance can present issues in therapy. First off, insurance carriers require otherwise confidential information and diagnosis in order to pay for claims. Meaning that an individual would carry a diagnosis(which some individuals are uncomfortable with) or may be denied services by the carrier. Insurance carriers also require additional documentation time and elements that could otherwise be contributed to successful therapy outcomes and times spent in session.  I believe better quality of care is able to be rendered when the complications that come with insurance billing are diminished by eliminating this element entirely. I can do more for my clients, and spend less time justifying that the people who come to me can benefit from services and focus more wholeheartedly on providing quality service.

What is a super bill? Is this something you can provide?

A super bill is a description of services provided by a provider and an explanation of charges. This document can be provided to your insurance and they may reimburse the cost of services to you under your "out -of-network" benefits. This document can be provided by both offices.

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What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love being with people, hearing their story and seeing them achieve their goals. I am very passionate about my job, but also about being a kind, compassionate and non-judgmental person. I strive to do this in the hopes that I can provide additional tools, options, resources and skills to obtain these goals. Whether is be decreasing symptoms of depression, anxiety or PTSD or working with couples on building intimacy and reviving love, I love being able to be a part of triumph over struggle for people in my community. I see therapy as something most people can benefit from in different phases of life, and I am proud to be able to be of service in these times. 

What should clients know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

The standard fee for a session is $145. However, in some cases clients qualify for a sliding scale fee lowering this rate. I do not accept insurance, and with good reason, as I don't think that insurance companies are really looking out for quality care of the client, which is my goal. 

What is your typical process for working with a new client?

 Initially we will speak over the phone or via email to find an agreeable meeting time, sometimes same day appointments may be available. The client will fill out paperwork upon arrival to the office (generally arriving 15 minutes prior to appointment time) or bring it with them after printing and completing it prior. The first couple sessions will be spent getting to know you and what you are seeking from therapy. Following these sessions, I will provide options of potentially optimal therapeutic styles you may benefit from (like EMDR, CBT, or many more, please see website for options) to create a collaborative and individualized plan for treatment. We will work in this style or a variety of styles until goals are satisfactorily achieved, and I will be available to you for additional sessions or a "tune-up", if needed at a later time once treatment is complete. 

How did you get started doing this type of work?

I started doing this work because I wanted to make our world and community a better place by helping those in need of mental health counseling. I have seen the amazing transformations people have made by being given the proper tools and skills they have learned in therapy and in teletherapy, and this encouraged me to be a part of helping people to make these changes and overcome struggle in their own lives. 

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?

I would say make a personal connection with your therapist. If you are not comfortable with the person you are working with, you will not see the most amount of progress and may not address all issues needed if you do not feel a sense of trust in your therapist. If you are considering me, see my About Me section, or view my youtube video that tells a little more about myself.

What training or certifications do you have?

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing EMDR Basic 
  • Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Advocate Certification 
  • Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy: A Day with a Master: Robert Neborsky, M.D.
  • Seeking Safety: A Trauma Informed Care Practice to Address Substance Abuse and PTSD 
  • CPR and First Aid Certification (Valid through 5/2019)
  • Cultural Competency
  • Group Process by Gerald Corey
  • Current Drug Trends and Prevention
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Quality Documentation
  • Clinical Considerations in LGBTIQ+ Culture