Fees and Payment

Let's just say it up-front: Therapy is hard, and it's expensive, and some days you won't even want to go. But it can also be deeply worth the investment.

Therapy with me costs $120 per 50-minute session, and I'll expect you to come at least once a week with few exceptions. The fee can be paid by cash, check, or card.

If you’re like most people, you’re wondering how you could possibly afford it. Since I don’t bill insurance, you have a few creative options.

Alternative ways to Pay for Therapy

  • Use your out-of-network benefits. Call your insurance company and ask whether they’ll reimburse for therapy provided by an out-of-network LMHC-A (licensed mental health counselor associate). After you pay me directly, I will provide you a receipt that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

  • Prioritize therapy in your budget. Track your expenses for a few weeks and see how much you’re spending on non-essentials that could be going into your therapy fund. Pledge to make your mental health a top priority and do the work to make your household budget reflect that.

  • Work to increase your income. Certainly this is a long-term solution that might require some work in therapy before you can see it as a tangible possibility. But your mental health might be the motivation you need to follow through on ideas from asking for a raise to selling your creative work in order to fund your therapy.

  • Ask a trusted loved one to help you. Of course if you go this route, the terms must be clearly negotiated ahead of time in a way that protects both you and the other person. But you might be surprised at how much the ones you love really value your mental health and want to see you succeed.

You might need to engage a creative blend of more than one of the above ideas (or ideas of your own!) in order to access your therapy. But I think you'll find it's worth the work. Ready to invest in a life of your own choosing? Let's test the waters.

To be ourselves causes us to be
exiled by many others, and yet to
comply with what others want
causes us to be exiled from ourselves.
— Clarissa Pinkola Estes


The first step toward starting therapy with me is to schedule a phone screening to make sure we're a good fit. If we are, then on the phone we'll schedule our first face-to-face meeting to take place at my office in Tacoma, Washington; thereafter all meetings will be in person. If we're not a good fit, I'll provide you referrals and resources so you can connect with the right therapist for you.

Click here to schedule a phone screening today. (You are also welcome to call me at (253) 973-2218 but it's usually quicker to connect with me if you start by submitting your message at the link above.) Or, if you're not quite ready to connect, read further to find out more before scheduling.

I look forward to connecting with you!