Where are you located?
My office is located at
2335 Burton St. SE Suite 130Grand Rapids, MI 49506
Is your office handicap-accessible?
What are your office hours?
I am available for clients according to preset scheduling times. I work within the following days and times:
Mondays: 9 am – 5 pm
Tuesdays: 8 am – 6 pm
Wednesdays: 8:30 am – 6:30 pm
Thursdays: 9 am – 5 pm
How long is a typical session?
What is the session fee?
55-minute sessions – $150
85-minute sessions – $190
Sliding scale and other options for payment at reduced rates are available. Call to ask for more information.
How do I pay?
Do you accept insurance?
After February 2, 2024, I will no longer accept insurance. I will provide superbills for clients who wish to seek reimbursement for services after paying for them out of network. I cannot guarantee that your insurance will reimburse you or at what rate, so I encourage you to give your insurance company a call and request information about your policy regarding superbill reimbursement and mental and behavioral health services. Superbills often require an official medical diagnosis.
Why do you not take insurance?
- When you agree to submit claims to insurance, your confidentiality and privacy go out the window. Your insurance has access to all the notes and records your therapist keeps, which can be audited by any employees of the insurance company for any reason. The employees, who are typically non-therapists, are hired to make sure that the company is not over-paying for services and will look for fraud and over-use of insurance and will assess clinical notes to decide whether or not you are “progressing fast enough.” At any point, they can decide to simply not cover any future (or past) sessions for these reasons.
- If you pay using insurance, you must have a diagnosis, which assumes that you have an illness. Not everyone is diagnosable, and diagnoses are not beneficial for everyone. If I diagnose someone with something just so that they can use their insurance, but they do not legitimately have that illness, that constitutes insurance fraud and is not fair to you, me, or the insurance company. This is a practice some therapists will participate in, but I will not as it crosses my ethical boundary line.
- Diagnoses can negatively impact you in ways you might not expect. When applying for life insurance or a new job, they may ask for your health records. All previous diagnoses are listed and could result in rejection, having higher insurance premiums, or limiting your future work options. I don’t believe this is fair or right and is certainly not in the best interest of my clients. You should be able to have access to quality mental health services without being afraid that it could negatively affect your future.
- Retroactive Claim Denials are a real thing and are often referred to as “clawbacks.” Clawbacks happen when an insurance company audits a client’s notes and decides to require the therapist to pay back the insurance company for previously paid-for services. This can happen years later. This can be done for any reason, including something as insignificant as grammatical errors within notes.
- Insurance companies contract with providers and give lower rates, which they pay out whenever they get around to it if they decide to pay at all. After taking insurance for a couple of years, I found that with my family’s needs, the payout was simply not sustainable. I would much rather provide reduced-rate services based on the client’s financial ability and still have time to spend with my family.
- I love what I do, but I do not want to get burned out on work only not to have time to spend with my four children and husband. My level of wellness directly impacts your ability to heal. I need to be at my A-game to give you the best I’ve got while also making time to give my best to myself and my family. Insurance significantly reduces my ability to care for both my work and my home life.
Do you have a cancellation policy?
I follow HIPAA Privacy Practices which you can see here.
Who is your ideal client?
What age range do you work with?
Are you LGBTQIA-friendly?
Do you work with people from diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, and religions?
What is therapy like with you?
Do I have to tell you everything?
What is EMDR?
What is ART?
Do you offer video or phone sessions?
Is your furniture comfortable?
Should I wear waterproof mascara?
Am I allowed to ask personal questions?
Sure! It’s my rule, though that just as you don’t have to answer questions I ask, I can also decline to answer questions you ask. But some common questions I get asked include:
How many kids do you have: 4.
What do you do for fun: Sports! I love running, soccer, softball, hiking, backpacking, and I enjoy coaching.
Favorite Books: The Fablehaven and Dragon Watch series by Brandon Mull and The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
Favorite Animal: Goats. I love goats. Goats are the G.O.A.T.
Favorite Color: Red.
What apps make your life better?
I love my Strava app to help me connect with other athletes and keep myself dedicated to my own physical and mental well-being. I get a lot of use out of my Habit Now app which helps me track habits and tasks. AllTrails also is well used when I’m traveling and looking for great hikes for my family or planning a fun backpacking trip.