You Ask - I Answer
The therapeutic relationship is essential in therapy, therefore it is important your questions are answered and you have enough knowledge to know if you and your therapist will be the right fit.
Here are some answers to commonly asked questions. If you have any additional questions please feel free to send them my way.
How long does each therapy session take?
Sessions typically last 45 minutes with a few minutes spent afterwards to set up the next appointment.
For child or teen sessions, the child client will meet with the therapist individually for most of the session. A few minutes at the beginning or end of the session will be used to speak with the parent and schedule the next session.
How much does a session cost?
Calm Centered Counseling, LLC charges $110 per session and is not in network with insurance companies. A Superbill may be provided to you upon request so that you can submit the claim to your insurance company although reimbursement is not guaranteed. A diagnosis may be required for insurance reimbursement. A limited number of sliding scale appointments are available to those who need it. I also work with Open Path Collective for a limited amount of reduce fee agreements.
How do I prepare for the first session?
Client's should contact Calm Centered Counseling by phone or email to discuss services and if they will be the right fit. Free 15 minute consult calls can be arranged.
When ready to start counseling, Calm Centered Counseling will send you a link to set up an account in the client portal where you will accept terms, agree to consent forms, and fill out intake information to get a better idea of who you are and what is bringing you or your child to counseling. After the therapist reviews this information you can schedule the first appointment! You may do so by contacting the therapist or by scheduling online through the portal calendar. For children and teens, the first appointment may be completed with the parent.
It is recommended that you test out your device through the platform once you have access to make sure your video, audio, sound, and internet connection will be successful for teletherapy sessions.
You will get a link to the client portal in your email. You can also find the link here:
How can I contact Calm Centered Counseling?
You can reach me through email at or send a message through the website with a way to reach you. You may also reach me by calling 502-430-CALM. If you reach voicemail please leave a message including a way to get back to you and I will contact you during business hours as soon as I am available.
What types of problems do you help people with?
I have provided psychotherapy to clients in-person and through telehealth dealing with a variety of challenges and mental health conditions. My main areas of focus include depression, anxiety, stress, changes and transitions, and the needs of highly sensitive people/ sensory processing sensitivity. In children, I use play therapy to help kids who have experienced trauma and loss, have difficulties with school and/or peers, and have anxiety, anger, or depression.
I have worked with kids in schools along with teachers, parents, and grandparents facing the challenges of parenting kids with additional emotional and behavioral needs. As a Registered Play Therapist I have used experiential therapies and creative techniques with young children, teens, and adults to help them work through trauma as well as communicate and process events and emotions in ways that are most effective for them.
I have worked with those who have experienced strong emotions, physical and emotional trauma, high sensitivity, loss, pain, uncertainty, relationship problems, financial struggles, and major life changes. I have helped people to talk through everyday difficulties, manage stress, problem solve, and make decisions about their future. I like to help people improve communication, explore their identities, feel heard, find their confidence, and take steps to make life changes to live the life they want to live. In children, this is done so through art and play.
What therapy techniques do you use?
I am flexible and like to use aspects of several counseling methods as needed. My go-to techniques comes from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Gestalt Therapy, Jungian Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, Art, Sand Tray Therapy and Non-Directive Play Therapy.
Especially when in an office setting, I like to use creative, artistic, playful, and mindful approaches when it benefits clients in order to be able to fully express themselves and explore their emotions and challenges, past and present. This can include mindfulness activities, guided imagery, drawing, using sand trays, or incorporating music. Other times, I may provide information and techniques to help you manage stress, anxiety, anger, depression, painful past memories, uncertainty, communication, or other difficulties.
Where do I go for sessions?
All therapy is provided online. This means you don't have to go anywhere and can stay in the comfort of your own home! You will need reliable internet connection or phone service and a private, comfortable place to hold sessions. You will need to be located in Missouri or Texas at the time of the session due to state licensing regulations.