About

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 doctoral training included work at both private and public institutions, including 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.

Since opening my practice, I have received specialized training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT), and Radically-Open Dialectical Behavior Therapy (RO DBT). In 2019 I launched Montana’s first RO DBT intensive treatment program to help people struggling with disorders of overcontrol such as obsessive-compulsive disorder, anorexia nervosa, autism spectrum disorders, and treatment-resistant depression and anxiety.

What will happen on the first visit?

I offer a brief, informal consultation if you would like to meet me in your process of finding a therapist; if you select this option, I won’t open a file for you or charge you, and we’ll talk for about 15 minutes.

Our first session is billed as a diagnostic interview, but it is also a chance for us to decide if we are a good fit. During our first hour together you can tell me about yourself and what sort of treatment you are looking for. You can also ask me questions about my background, therapy approach, and practice policies. If we feel we have good rapport and that I can provide the treatment that will be most helpful to you, we will schedule additional sessions. 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 first session with your completed New Patient Packet, a credit card, 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; a credit card authorization form; and for your records, 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) $250
Subsequent sessions $175-$185
Couples sessions $250
Skills class $55

To schedule an appointment, please call me at 406.830.3069. Leaving a voicemail with a brief description of what you’d like to work on in therapy and what kind of insurance you have will speed up the process of scheduling an intake session.

Step-by-step

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What should I do before our first session?

Before our first session, please print out and 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, a thyroid imbalance can manifest as anxiety or depression. Taking care of physical illness can speed up therapy significantly. 

2

What do I need to know about insurance?

I am a provider for Medicare, Medicaid, PacificSource, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, TriCare, Allegiance, 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:

  • Is 121 Psychotherapy 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?
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What if I miss an appointment?

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 to another provider.

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What if I 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 scale back to meeting every 2-4 weeks before ending therapy, or terminate and then return for a “booster session” or for more extensive therapy. These options may always be discussed. Remember, this treatment is about you and your needs.

Location

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