What services and support do you provide?
I provide psychotherapy and life coaching (including lifestyle wellness coaching) services via office, web (see below for software info), phone, or email.
What are therapy sessions like?
In the first session, we will discuss your history and establish your treatment goals and desires. I will be curious about things like your social and familial relationships (and how supportive they are to you), what your diet is like (and how you relate to food in general), and if you have hobbies (boredom and lack of fulfillment can be deterrents for success and hopefulness). I desire to hold space for you each week to discuss your progress and for us to explore what is on your mind and heart. There will also be times where I provide education to help you understand why certain unwanted behaviors/thoughts may have originated. I believe that creating the life we want means healing from past experiences and exploring dysfunctional/self-defeating habits, but that it also comes down to simple things like how we are breathing (yes, there is a right way to breathe!), if we are living aligned with our values, if we are capable of living in the moment, if we are able to regulate emotions, our ability to communicate effectively, as well as what sources we continually draw hope from.
What are the costs?
I accept private pay and out-of-network insurance benefits. Rates range from $60-$175, depending on the type of session. Financial assistance is available.
Are sessions confidential? (And a bunch of technical stuff).
I conduct all sessions in an office with a closed door. Confidentiality is of the utmost importance so that you feel a sense of safety and security during sessions. Client files are stored behind two locked doors, per HIPPA regulations.
All tele-therapy sessions are done through a free, downloadable software called V-See. I use V-See instead of Skype because of its military grade security and ease of use. Because VSee is neither a covered entity nor a business associate, and because they do not have access to any identifiable health information of a covered entity that may use their services, they do not fall under HIPAA compliance rules. Their goal is to help programs and organizations to be HIPAA compliant. V-See offers:
VSee uses a managed peer-to-peer architecture, where video (and other media) are streamed directly from endpoint to endpoint. Information is never stored on any VSee servers or intercepted by VSee in any way. The VSee management server is only used for address look up, connection brokering, and system/user administration. This prevents information leakage between point A and point B.
Encryption adds another layer of security of VSee. All VSee traffic is encrypted with FIPS 140-2 certified 256 bit Advanced Encryption Standard. No servers, including VSee's, have access to the decryption keys. This keeps keeps your videoconference absolutely confidential.
VSee allows users to record videoconferences and keeps chat history that could be regarded as electronic protected health information (e-PHI). These files are always stored on a user's computer and is never stored on VSee servers or accessible to VSee . Covered entities may securely save recorded conferences or chat histories to their own HIPAA compliant electronic health record (EHR) system.
- Peer-to-Peer sessions
- Local File Storage (of non-streaming media)
Please contact me with additional questions or concerns regarding online session security.