About

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I received my doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Montana and completed my doctoral internship at the Southwest Consortium in Albuquerque, New Mexico. My postdoctoral training was at the Northwest Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, a specialty clinic of Montana Neurobehavioral Specialists. Licensed in 2007, I continued to work at MNS until opening 121 Psychotherapy in 2011.

My training has included work at both private and public institutions, including the Garden City Professional Offices, Montana State Prison, Curry Health Center at the University of Montana, New Mexico Women’s Correctional Facility, University of New Mexico Hospital, and the Albuquerque Veterans Administration’s Women’s Trauma Clinic and Substance Use Disorder Treatment Program.

Outside of my therapy practice, I can be found on the soccer field, walking my dog around Missoula’s trails, eating out with my partner and friends, rockhounding, or cross-country skiing in the wilderness.

What will happen on the first visit?

Our first session is billed as a diagnostic interview, but it is also a chance for you to decide if we are a good fit. During our first hour together you can tell me about yourself and your background, and what sort of treatment you are looking for. You can also ask me questions about my background, therapy approach, and practice policies. If you feel you have a good rapport with me, and that I can provide the treatment that will be most helpful to you, we will then discuss scheduling. If we decide that I may not be the best therapist for you, I will help refer you to another provider who may better suit your needs.

Please come to the session with your paperwork completed, your co-payment, your driver's license/ID card, and your insurance card.

Fees

Before your first session, you should print out the New Patient Packet. You will find a form that I would like you to complete before I meet with you; a description of my practice policies that you need to sign; an explanation of our financial agreement; and my HIPAA Privacy Policy.

My fee policies are described in more detail in the New Patient Packet.

Service Fee
15-minute consultation free
First session (diagnostic interview; 1 hour) $225
Subsequent 50-minute sessions $150
Couples sessions (80 minutes) $225

If you pay the session fee at the time of service, I will provide a $10 discount. I will also give you a bill to send to your insurance company; they will then reimburse you directly.

To schedule an appointment, please call me at 406.830.3069.

Step-by-step

1

What to do before our first session

Before our first session, please complete the New Patient Packet, and contact your insurance company to ask the questions listed below. Also, it is a good idea to make an appointment with your physician if you haven’t had a check-up in the past year. Often emotional problems are related to physical problems. For example, thyroid problems can manifest as anxiety or depression. Taking care of physical health problems can speed up therapy significantly.

2

Insurance

I am a provider for Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TriCare, Allegiance, New West, First Choice, and others.

Before our first session, please call your insurance company to find out what level of coverage is provided under your plan. You can find the CPT codes in the financial section of my New Patient Packet. Ask your insurance plan representative:

  • Am I on your list of in-network providers?
  • Is the full cost of treatment covered, or only part?
  • Is there a copayment?
  • Is there a limit on the number of visits, or an annual/lifetime maximum?
  • If your plan only covers “medically necessary” treatment, how is that determination made?
  • Is pre-authorization or a referral required?
  • What can you do if your coverage is denied or cut short?
3

If you miss an appointment

Once you have been given an appointment, it is your responsibility to keep and use it. No therapist can be of help to you if you do not keep appointments. I will be as flexible as possible when the need arises for a cancellation or a rescheduling of an appointment when given reasonable notice. However, the second time a client does not show up for an appointment, or cancels with less than 24 hours notice, a missed appointment fee will be charged. This fee must be paid before our next appointment. Clients with two or more missed appointments may be asked to transfer their records to another provider.

4

If you want to stop treatment

Therapy is your choice and you may stop treatment at any time. We may decide together that your treatment goals have been met and you are ready to end therapy or you may come to this conclusion on your own. In this case, it works best if you come in for a final session, so we can discuss your progress and close our work together. If you don’t wish to have a final session, you can let me know by phone or letter. Sometimes clients return for a “booster session” or two, and sometimes, after a break in treatment, they return for more extensive therapy. These options may always be discussed. Remember, this treatment is about you and your needs and I will do my best to accommodate.

Location

121 Hickory Street, Suite 1
Missoula, MT 59801-1896
Tel 406.830.3069 | Fax 406.830.3105
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