Where is the office located?

My office is located at the following address:

208 N 29th St. Suite 214

Billings, MT 59101

Where do I park?

There is metered street parking along N 29th and 2nd Ave, both of which have enterances to the building.

Is your office handicap-accessible?
Yes, my office is handicap-accessible.
What are your office hours?
My office hours are generally 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Saturday.
How long is a typical session?
Typically, sessions are about 50 minutes to an hour.
What do I do to get started?

You have already taken the first step! (Air high five!)

Reaching out – checking out therapists’ websites – is a significant first step. Congrats to you!

Whatever you’re dealing with, you’re one tiny step toward getting the guidance and support you have been hoping for! *phew* That was a lot.

If checking out my website is all the strength you have in you for today, that’s okay! Even a small step in the right direction is better than a step backward.

However, if you think you still have a little energy left, please click the Contact button to set up an appointment. If not, bookmark this page, make a cup of tea, and celebrate in the knowledge of your win!

What is your hourly fee?
Hm. Is it possible to put a price on happiness and robust mental health?
Do you accept insurance?
I accept most major insurances.
How do I make an appointment?
Click the Schedule A Session button! You got this!
Are there other things I should know about your office?

My office is – cozy. It’s not expansive, but I try to make it as comfortable as possible.

Also, I occasionally bring my rescue dog, Nugget (a Yorkie/poo mix), but his nickname is Chicken Nugget because he’s scared of people.

He’ll spend the session sleeping and trying not to make eye contact. I like to think he could be a therapy dog, but mostly it’s therapy for him – to learn that not all people are mean scary.

IMO, some of the most challenging therapy clients are those who just stare at me while waiting for me to read their minds and “fix” things. Nugget is one of those clients.

Can I cancel an appointment? Do you have a cancellation policy?

I have a 24-hour cancellation policy.

If you don’t cancel your appointment, you’ll leave me sitting all alone, sad and depressed, wondering if I should call the local ERs to check for your name – or I’ll worry this is your way of breaking up with me. At that point, I will put on sad-break-up 80’s music and pick through our last conversation word-by-word to see if I can find out where it all went wrong.

Either way, if you don’t cancel your appointment and don’t attend at your scheduled time, you will be charged for the full session. (This fee will go toward covering time with my therapist to sort out the feelings I mentioned above.)

What is a free initial phone consultation?

Yes! I’m so glad you asked! I offer a free, in-person consultation because our relationship is a crucial element of successful therapy. If that relationship isn’t healthy and comfortable, the rest of our work is even more challenging.

Think of it as a free test drive! You wouldn’t buy a car without test driving it, would you? (Okay, perhaps you would, in this time of Internet-everything – but we’d also then discuss your impulsive choices and where that instinct comes from.)

Who is your perfect client?
You! You’re the one I’ve been hoping for!
What age range do you work with?
I prefer to work with middle-school-aged children and up (and I mean way up, as there is no age limit on mental health).
Do you work with men? Women? Couples? Adolescents?
Are you LGBTQIA friendly?
Do you work with people from diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, and religions?
Does anyone cry in front of you?

Yes. To clarify, I am very nice, and I don’t generally make people cry – but people coming to therapy often have big emotions about the situations they are going through. My therapy office is a “safe space” (and if that term causes you to bristle, we can talk about that, too!).

Do I have to tell you everything?

Um. We don’t usually have time for “everything” in a 50-minute session – but you can tell me whatever you need/want to!

And, technically, you don’t have to tell me anything.

If you want to spend the time playing Uno or Mancala, that’s cool with me! (I will however charge you regardless. Don’t judge; it’s just capitalism, man!)

Who benefits from therapy?
Everyone. Personally, I think everyone should have the opportunity to see a therapist whenever they need!
How do you work with clients?
I use an eclectic array of therapy modalities that I modify depending on your needs. Together, we can choose from CBT, DBT, play therapy, talk therapy, and some other techniques. I try not to limit my approach because you’re a unique and wonderful individual with your own unique needs, and I want to use all the tools in my toolbox to help you.
What are the risks and benefits of doing therapy?

During the initial evaluation or the course of therapy, remembering unpleasant events, feelings, or thoughts may result in your experiencing considerable discomfort, powerful emotions, anxiety, depression, insomnia, etc.

I may challenge some of your assumptions and perceptions – or propose different ways of thinking about or handling situations that may cause you to feel upset, angry, or disappointed.

Attempting to resolve issues that brought you into therapy may cause changes we might not initially have intended. Psychotherapy may cause decisions to change behaviors, employment, substance use, schooling, housing, or relationships. Change can sometimes be quick and easy, but it can often be gradual and even frustrating.

However, the benefits of therapy usually outweigh the negatives. Treatment can bring you a new understanding of yourself and your patterns of behavior. It can guide you to make different, more positive decisions in your life.

If you’re reading this webpage right now, something in your life has probably not gone the way you hoped or working out the way you imagined. Therapy can help you look into those issues in different ways and guide you in resolving them.

Do you offer video or phone sessions?

Yes! Due to the pandemic, I offer telehealth sessions.

Unfortunately, I am unable to offer phone sessions.

How long have you been in practice?
I’ve been seeing patients for therapy for four years, both in agency settings (Mental Health Center, YBGR) and in a small group practice. In February of this year, I decided to take the plunge and launched my private practice. (Yay, timing!)
Have you been in therapy yourself?

Yes. I believe we all need help at some time or another dealing with the stuff life throws at us.

As much as we love and trust our partners/parents/best friend/hairdresser, it’s sometimes helpful to look at the situation from a different perspective.

What is your educational background?

I have a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Theatre. Then I realized that degree sounds fancy, but it didn’t really mean anything that could help me make a living.

After about a decade of working low-end customer service jobs, I was encouraged by my therapist to go back to school for my master’s degree.

Do you prescribe medications?
No. That’s above my pay grade!
Are you licensed?
Yes. I’m a licensed, clinical social worker.
Do you take notes?
Generally, yes, I do. I sometimes have a terrible memory, so I like to record some of the things we talk about. Mostly, I jot down important names or dates that come up to remember them if they come up again.
Is your furniture comfortable?
I like to think so – but not so comfortable that you fall asleep!
Do I have to lie on a couch?
No. Sadly, I do not have room in my office for a couch, so we’ll conduct your session face to face. But when I do upgrade and get a couch, you’ll be more than welcome to lie on it (as long as you take your shoes off)!
Should I wear waterproof mascara?

I cannot speak to this issue, as I have not yet perfected mascara that doesn’t make my eyelashes appear clumped together like spider legs.

I suppose, if you prefer to wear makeup, waterproof seems like a viable option – except that we live in Montana, where it rarely rains, so it seems a bit unnecessary.

If you are asking whether I’ll make you cry during the sessions – well, I try not to make anybody cry, but sometimes the emotional issues that brought you to therapy can feel overwhelming – and cause tears.

And that’s totally okay.

Ya know how sometimes you feel better after a good, blubbering cry? That’s called “catharsis” – meaning purification by purging – getting your emotions out.

What brands of tissues do you offer?

Tissue preference is a personal choice, and possibly, like money and religion, should not be discussed in public.

Nevertheless, I also realize that raw, sensitive emotions can make our noses feel that way, too. I try to have my office stocked with either Kleenex Ultra Soft or Puffs Plus.

Am I allowed to ask personal questions?
Absolutely, you are allowed to ask. However, I might wonder why my personal life is of such interest – and remind you that our time in session is meant to talk about you and work toward your goals – not to talk about me.
Paper, Rock, Scissors, Lizard, Spock. Go!
Wait. Um, I think I’m confusing this with another game.