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About Working Together

What I can offer you

Welcome! Therapy is a journey that can mean different things to different people. At times, therapy can be quite pragmatic and concrete. At other times, therapy can traverse some of the deepest terrain of our human experience, a realm that can be difficult to put into words. Therapy is at the end of the day a relationship and a practice. Like "love", I believe therapy is a verb - it's something you do, something you put effort into, and something you undertake. A therapist is there to facilitate and stoke that undertaking.

 

If you've found this page, it's likely because there is something in your life that you deeply want to change - maybe desperately so. You may have already tried different solutions or worked with different therapists to address the something with limited or unsatisfying results. But somewhere inside of you, there is a part of you that knows there has to be more relief from this struggle. To be sure, therapy can't solve all problems. But it can absolutely create lasting changes. What I offer is an honest, safe and compassionate space to move towards the changes you want to make.

 

So, what is therapy with me actually like?

My aim is for your experience in the therapy room to be different than everyday conversations. To get the most out of your time, money, and effort, I prefer to work in a focused way that prioritizes you having an experience of different aspects of yourself, not just thoughts and words where most of us dwell most of the time. 

 

To do that, I use EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing) therapy. I tend to be emotion-focused, attachment-focused and somatically-focused in my work with clients. Practically what that means is that I will hold how you feel to be most important. I prioritize relational safety and attunement in our exploration and will use our relationship itself as a tool for understanding and change. I may engage you in different body-based practices like breathing exercises, mindful movement, visualizations or body scans. I also offer outdoor and walking therapy for those looking to integrate physical movement and the beneficial effects of being in nature together for our sessions.

 

If you have more specific questions or want to get a sense of whether or not we might be a good fit, I encourage you to reach out to me for a free 15-20 minute phone consultation and I'll be glad to connect with you!

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About Me

A pragmatic free spirit

Hi, I'm Pix. I'm a therapist who believes in the healing power that we each have inside of us. I'm a therapist who believes that what makes therapy successful is a willingness for all participants to step out of our comfort zones and enter the unknown together, as a team. I'm a therapist who understands that I am learning just as much from you, my client, as you are from me. And, I'm a therapist who trusts inner knowing beyond intellect or book smarts. For me, the art of therapy is in learning how to access these parts of ourselves. To that end, I am far more interested in the question, "what happened to/for you?" than "what's wrong with you?"

I'm a middle-aged, middle-class white queer cis woman who lived a full and adventurous life before landing in my career as a therapist. I spent my 20's traveling the world and working many different jobs, meeting people from different backgrounds and experiencing myself through different lenses. For over 10 years, I volunteered heavily, meditated two hours a day, and practiced Hatha, Anusara, and Ashtanga yoga. In my 30's, I went deeply into my own therapy journey, utilizing EMDR, EFT, and IFS to guide me back to myself in a journey that changed my life profoundly. While I'll never be "done" with my own therapeutic work, that extended period did culminate in my metamorphosis into motherhood and my long journey through graduate school which has brought me into my 40's.

As for who I am and what I love - I am a maker and mover at heart. I love travel, yoga, dance, cooking, baking, fermenting, cleaning and gardening. I love to laugh and I enjoy comedy. Any activity which allows me to worship plants and be in nature is my joy, and I have been gardening, hiking, backpacking, camping and swimming in the wild for over 25 years. I've traveled to over 20 countries and I love to learn languages and learn the different ways that people choose to live in this world.

I share all of this in service of helping you determine whether we might be a good fit. I often think that finding a good therapist is like finding a unicorn, so it's important to shop around and find someone you can feel comfortable with. I also hope to give you a sense that I am not a passive therapist who withholds self-expression as a therapeutic approach. Rather, I deeply believe in the power of bringing my Self, as authentically as I can, into the room with you as a vehicle for change and healing. If this sounds good to you, I encourage you to reach out and schedule an intro call - I would love to connect.

About Money

I use Stripe in conjunction with Sessions Health for all online billing. The patient portal is simple and easy to use.

I do my best to be pragmatic and direct when it comes to the exchange of money for my services. I know that therapy is an investment of time, energy, and money and it is not cheap. As such, I strive to make payments and fees as easy and clear as possible so this process is smooth for my clients.

 

With that said, I don't currently accept insurance. I can issue an automated monthly billing summary/Superbill to submit for possible reimbursement if you have OON benefits. I accept payments via HSA and FSA, credit card, and ACH via Stripe, through my Client Portal. I also accept Apple Pay. I do not accept checks.

My fees are as follows:

$125 - Individual therapy, per 55 minute session

$175 - Couple or Family therapy, per 85 minute session

$75 - Missed session or late cancellation (less than 24 hours)

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