Frequently Asked Questions


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What are the services you offer?

I work with individuals and couples concerning many different issues. Anxiety. Parenting. Marriage or relationship issues. Sex Therapy. Executive Coaching. I have worked within many areas and if I am not the best fit or have specialty you require, I can refer you to some of my favorite therapists who have many different areas of expertise.

What is sex therapy?

I have a speciality in working with couples who are struggling in their sexual relationship. Often it is helpful to have unbiased person help you in areas where you are having problems. When it comes to sex therapy, it also helpful to have someone help you engage in difficult topics with your partner. Below are some of the topics that couples might explore in counseling:

  • desire differences between partners

  • sex and aging

  • orgasm and arousal difficulties

  • sex and disability/chronic illness

  • sexual compulsion or no sexual desire

  • painful intercourse

  • reclaiming your sexuality after a trauma

  • enhancing sexual satisfaction

WHat is the cost for counseling?

The cost for a fifty minute session is $95.

Do you work with insurance companies?

To protect your privacy, I don’t work with insurance carriers. However, I’m happy to work with you to provide itemized receipts for your insurance company for partial or full reimbursement for your out-of-network therapy benefits.

what can i expect in the first session?

You can expect to talk about the concern(s) that brought you into counseling and also about your background and personal history. You can share on a level that feels comfortable for you. You can also expect to have some brief paperwork to fill out.

ARe there forms I will need to fill out?

There are just three forms you will need to fill out and the links is here for new clients.

Do you offer online therapys

Yes. If you are thinking of having therapy but can’t get to my office in Grand Rapids, or for any other reason, we can arrange sessions via Skype or Facetime.

What is confidentially when in therapy?

What you share with me in our sessions is completely confidential except in the case of 1) immediate threat of harm to self or other, 2) suspicion of child or dependent elder abuse, 3) in the case of a court subpoena. We’ll discuss all of this and my other office policies during your initial intake session.

Do you prescribe medications?

No, but here’s the way it works: After evaluating your situation, we will decide if you need to speak with a psychiatrist who is a MD and is allowed to prescribe medicine. If we decide that medication might be beneficial, I have some very competent psychiatrists I work with. It’s always a good idea for someone who is taking medication to have his or her therapist (that’s me) in contact with the doctor who is prescribing medicine. That way you have a team working together on your behalf. Of course, this communication between psychologist and psychiatrist only happens if you give written permission for it to happen.

what is executive coaching?

Coaching is professional and personal development based on psychology, organizational development, sports, business and spirituality. It's for passionate people who want more from their business and personal lives. A coach helps set larger, more rewarding goals, develops a strategy to achieve them and provides support throughout the process. Think of it as a personal trainer for your business. Goal achievement is something that comes more quickly as a result of the coaching partnership.

how does coaching work?

Coaching works when the client is willing to grow and there is a gap between where they are now and where they want to be.

Coaching is effective because of three unique features:
 SYNERGY: Client and coach become a team, focusing on the client's goals and needs and accomplishing more than the client would alone.
 STRUCTURE: With a coach, the client takes more actions, thinks bigger and gets the job done, thanks to the accountability the coach provides.
 EXPERTISE: The coach helps clients make better decisions, set optimal goals, develop new skills for communicating and shape their work and home lives for maximum productivity.

is coaching for me?

Clients looking for coaching are looking to grow and further develop as professionals or leaders. Executive coaches often work with clients who are managers, executives, entrepreneurs and professionals (or with those who are working towards this).  Clients work in various types of organizations ranging from corporate, academic, healthcare, or own their own businesses.  Clients can also include those who are looking to grow their brand including writers or artists.

Typical client objectives can include:

  • develop skills or leverage strengths to succeed in a current or new position

  • a desire to advance ones career

  • developing best practice skills when starting a new business

  • refine skills to help businesses or departments thrive and be sustainable

  • refine skills to engage employees

  • manage a challenge, meet a goal or prepare for a new opportunity

  • strategic planning or change management

  • refining communication skills or managing conflict

  • deal with negative impact of work on personal life

  • finding purpose and meaning in work