What type of therapy do you do?

I do individual therapy mostly, although I do some family work too. I use a variety of skills (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy) and specialize in working with people who are struggling with substance abuse. I also specialize in working with people who have experienced trauma. I’ve been trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), two techniques with solid research behind them demonstrating their effectiveness. I’ve practiced using both for some time, and I have seen firsthand that they are really good. 

How long have you been doing this?

I’ve been practicing as a therapist since 2003, and as a clinical supervisor (supervising and training other therapists) since 2009. 

Isn’t therapy just talking?

It can really feel that way sometimes. It’s a weird thing–therapy I mean–right? You contact a stranger, come talk to us about deep and likely difficult things, and our job is to make it so you don’t need to see us anymore. Sometimes therapy is just talking, but if it’s a good therapist it’ll be far more than that. 

What should I expect when I first see you?

So when you first meet me, we will spend the hour going over some basic “housekeeping tasks”–talking about what brought you to see me in the first place, and why now (rather than last year or sometime in the future); and getting some history about you and your life. You’ll get the chance to see if I’m the right fit for you, and we’ll talk about future sessions.

Why should I come to therapy?

Well, besides the fact that I think we can all benefit from being seen and really heard, I can’t really answer that for you. I can say that if you feel like bad stuff, difficult feelings, and unhelpful habits are getting in the way of your life, then maybe it’s time to come in. Most important though, come because you want to, not because someone else wants you to. 

Why should I see you instead of someone else?

It’s vitally important–crucial even–that you see the right person for therapy (relevant blog post). Research consistently shows that the relationship with a helping professional is the biggest predictor of success in therapy. When you meet a therapist you should have some variation on, “Yeah, I can talk to her.” Therapy can be hard, and you don’t always leave a session feeling better, so you need to see someone you can trust to take you through that. I am me, just that. I’m genuine, non-judgmental, caring, empowering, and I like to think I’m occasionally funny. Hopefully, you’ll get a sense of what I’m like as you read the website and blog posts. If I’m not the right fit, I promise I will do my best to help you find the right person. 

Will it be weird to open up to a stranger?

Sometimes, but it goes away. With the right therapist, you’ll find that opening up to that person is easier all the time. You’ll be able to talk about things you never thought you would and hopefully gain insight about yourself and be able to make changes. 

Can you help me? 

This is one of the biggest questions people have when they come to therapy, even if they don’t ask it out loud. Therapy can help if a few things are true. You have to be willing to show up consistently, and you have to be honest. You don’t have to spill everything at once, but therapy is about what you put into it. I know it can be hard to feel like anything can help. I encourage you to just try it. Even if you’ve tried before. Commit to finding the right therapist and showing up. We’ll show up too, and walk with you every step of the way. 

Do you take my insurance?

Insurance is a tricky thing sometimes. Here is a page that lists the insurances I currently take. Each insurance company is different and requires different things, so I’m not able to answer specific questions about your insurance plan. I’m sure that for most of us, the last thing we want to do is call our insurance company to ask about what is covered and what isn’t. However, you really deserve to know and there are people whose whole job is to answer the phone and talk you through it. The number for that is usually on the back of your insurance card and on their website. 

How do I schedule?

You can either call our office number (715-342-9002) or send an email to info@clearharborcounseling.com. We’ll connect by phone or email to discuss what you are looking for and set up a time to meet. Once you establish with me as a client, you can schedule future appointments when you see me, over the phone, or by using the patient portal. 

What should I bring with me for my first appointment?

Your insurance card, any co-pay your insurance requires, and the intake paperwork (located on the contact page). If you wish, you can fill out these forms and email them (info@clearharborcounseling.com) to me. If you aren’t able to get it printed/submitted before our appointment, don’t worry we will take care of it at our first appointment.

What’s your cancellation policy?

I totally get that sometimes we can’t get to an appointment. As a client, you will have access to the patient portal and also secure messaging. Let me know as soon as you can that you won’t be able to make it (hopefully at least 24 hours before your appointment so another client can use that spot). If you are sick and have the plague (my word for an cold, flu, general ick), please, for your health and ours, just stay home. You won’t be able to get much out of therapy if you feel terrible.

Where are you located?

I have a temporary space inside Faith United Methodist Church (also known as Harbor House main office). We are located at 1531 Hughitt Avenue behind Hardees and near the library. Come in the front entrance and up the short flight of stairs (or use the elevator if needed). My office is to the left. In the near future, the office will be moving to its own site in Superior.