My therapeutic orientation is eclectic/humanist. That means that the focus of psychotherapy is exclusively on you and your goals; I also incorporate cognitive/behavioral and insight-oriented methods into my work. Above all, you should expect that my orientation as a therapist is interactive - both to support and challenge you in attaining the goals you seek in therapy.
I bill many insurance companies directly for psychotherapy services. This saves you the inconvenience of paying me up front, filing an insurance claim, and awaiting reimbursement. I participate in a variety of insurance panels, including Premera Blue Cross, Regence Blue Shield, Aetna, Uniform Medical, and First Choice Health. However, you should check with your insurance company regarding what your benefits are for outpatient psychotherapy - deductible, number of sessions per year, and whether or not the benefit is managed by the insurance company. If you have a managed benefit for outpatient mental health, you must obtain an authorization prior to seeing me.
As of January 1, 2010, my fee is $150 for a 45 minute psychotherapy session. Appointments that are cancelled with less than 48 hours notice are charged at the full fee, excepting serious emergencies. Other issues relevant to my practice are described in detail in my Office Policy Statement.
I'm happy to consult with colleagues who have questions relevant to diversity issues, ethics, and treatment issues with sexual minorities and gender variant individuals, as well as students who are doing research on these issues.
I present regularly at the annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, and have given a variety of talks and workshops around the country and in Western Europe. Please email or call me for details regarding hiring me to speak at your event or consult with your group.
I spend a great amount of time with my professional associations because it is a way of giving back to a profession for which I have the deepest gratitude, as well as a way of moving our profession -- and our society -- forward. Please see my Vita for details about the many leadership positions I have had the honor to serve in the American Psychological Association, its Insurance Trust, the Association for the Advancement of Psychology, and the Washington State Psychological Association.
For twenty years, I have been affiliated with the University of Washington’s Psychology Department as a clinical faculty member, supervising students, interns and conducting trainings on lesbian, gay and bisexual issues.
In addition to psychotherapy, my practice includes conducting psychological evaluations of pilots and air traffic controllers for the Federal Aviation Administration. Pilots needing a psychological evaluation in partial fulfillment of the requirements for reinstatement of their medical certificates should contact me directly for an interview and testing appointment. Generally, a four to five hour appointment for interview and testing is required, as well as several hours of data analysis and report preparation. Relevant treatment records should be forwarded directly to me at least one week in advance of the appointment. As insurance coverage for this service is quite variable, fees for the evaluation, which are generally $1800, must be paid at the time of service.