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    Communication issues with your partner? Blended family feeling anything but blended? Afraid that your marriage is headed for a DIVORCE? Porn impacting your life? …Life throws everyone challenges, fears, disappointments and transitions. You need resiliency, strength and wisdom to move forward successfully. Friends, family, and even pastors can’t always provide the time, skills or knowledge to help you reach safe harbor when you feel like you are drowning.

    My approach to counseling is solution focused. I help clients author a desired future for their life, marriage, and family. Therapist too often focus on the client’s problems, which reinforces negative thoughts and emotions, rather than finding for positive solutions that will empower change and create lasting healing.

    I work with individuals, families, and couples in a friendly, non-judgmental way that supports their values. I focus on helping clients set and achieve realistic goals that promote healing in their life, family, and relationships. Contact us today for a no-cost initial consultation or visit www.MendedLife.com

    Q How much do you charge?

    My normal rate is $125.00 per 50 minute session.
    I do offer a sliding scale rate for people who are unable to pay my full fee – To determine if you qualify please contact me to discuss your options.
    Payment is accepted by cash, check, or credit card.

    Q Do you accept insurance?

    If you have insurance you may be able to use it, providing your plan covers out-of-network providers. You should check with your provider to be sure you have this coverage. You can file a claim with your insurance company, and they will help you with reimbursement coverage for your visits. To assist you in the process, I can provide a monthly statement including vital information such as diagnosis, service dates, coding, signature and any other necessary data. Once this statement is produced and submitted by you, it is up to your insurance provider to protect the integrity and confidentiality of your information.

    Q What can I expect in my first session?

    Your first visit is called the “Intake” and is used to help establish a therapeutic alliance between you and myself. This is a good time to ask any questions you have and to get to know one another. My goal is to get a good understanding of you as a person and your core relationships with family and friends. I’ll ask you a series of open-ended questions to establish a framework for setting some basic goals that you’d like to work on in therapy.
    I will also go over what is called Informed Consent, which lets you know the risks and benefits to counseling as well as the limits to your confidentiality regarding topics such as mandated reporting. Mandated reporting covers such items as any reasonable suspicion of child abuse and elder abuse, active suicidal thoughts, or threats made against others, which the therapist is most likely required by law to report to the authorities.

    Q Do you work with kids?

    Yes, I work with children 12 and older. I generally work with children primarily in the context of a family system. For younger children, I generally refer them to other therapist’s.

    Q How long does the counseling process take?

    The answer to that depends on many factors. The range of issues, the complexity of one’s case, combined with one’s strengths and abilities all work together, which is why the counseling process and duration is so individualistic. I generally take a solution focused therapeutic approach, which is intended to brief in nature. Most clients see noticeable improvements within a few sessions, while others may take longer. It should be noted, however, that some people will get worse before they get better, since the very nature of counseling is to process through what’s keeping a person stuck.

    Q Are you a christian?

    Yes, I am a Christian. I have three years experience in ministry as a staff counselor for Bayside Church in Granite Bay.
    While I have a strong faith, I also believe people can worship God in more than one way. As a counselor, I want to be supportive of each person’s faith rather than project my own values on to them.
    I find that a person’s faith can be a powerful and positive influence in their life, as well as a point of conflict for others. Working with people from a range of faiths, I try to help them resolve conflict(s) they may have in regards to their faith.

    Q What is the difference between an MFT counselor, Christian counseling, and biblical counseling?

    MFT Counselors are secular trained professional psychotherapists that practice the art and science of psychotherapy. Many MFTs come from a secular humanists perspective and avoid or stay neutral on spiritual concepts. Generally, MFTs will stay within a treatment framework that is either evidence-based or that’s within one of the broadly accepted theoretical approaches used in the counseling industry.
    A Christian MFT Counselor is a professional psychotherapist that combines both psychology and Christian principles into the counseling sessions, but only when requested by the client. Under the law, professional counselors can only introduce a spiritual element into the counseling once the client has been given the choice to include spiritual beliefs as part of counseling. This is done to support the client’s current worldview, not to convert or change a person’s theological position. Some Christians may feel it’s a conflict of interest to combine secular and Christian concepts, or when it seems that Christianity is taking a backseat to secular psychology. Because most churches provide very little in direct counseling for their members, Christian counselors fulfill an important need.
    A Biblical Counselor is a religious counselor/advocate, generally a pastor or lay counselor that is associated with a church or religious organization. Their primary purpose is to support and promote the faith and spiritual well-being of individuals seeking counseling using Biblical principles as their foundation. While many Biblical counselors can be highly trained professionals, others are only as good as the leadership or program in which they work under. As such, it can sometimes be frustrating to find consistent standards between them.

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    • Monday08:00 AM - 07:00 PM
    • Tuesday08:00 AM - 07:00 PM
    • Wednesday08:00 AM - 07:00 PM
    • Thursday08:00 AM - 07:00 PM

    Issues

    • Anxiety
    • Couples Therapy / Marriage Counseling
    • Depression
    • Divorce Counseling
    • Domestic Violence
    • Family Therapy
    • Life Transitions
    • Premarital Counseling
    • PTSD and Trauma
    • Relationship Counseling
    • Seniors 65+
    • Sex Addiction
    • Sexual Abuse
    • Spirituality
    • Stress Management

    Languages

    • English

    Insurance

    • Out of Network

    Approach

    • Christian Counseling
    • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
    • Reality Therapy
    • Solution Focused Therapy