Frequently Asked Questions
Where is your office located?
I’ve often thought about making a mobile office in the style of a tiny house. Wouldn’t it be great to choose where to do therapy? Maybe someday. For the time being, my office is quite stationary and located at:
4103 Boardwalk Drive, Suite 202 Fort Collins, CO 80525
It’s on the top floor of the building. Look for Therapeutic Partners of Northern Colorado.
What about parking?
There’s plenty of parking in a well-lit lot adjacent to my office building.
What are your hours?
My hours change often, so the best way to get an idea of my current availability is to schedule a free consultation. You’ll actually see the current openings in my calendar. If nothing fits, give me a call. I’d love to see if some other time would work for both of us.
How long are sessions?
Individual sessions are 50 minutes, while couples’ sessions are 80.
How much do you charge?
I’ve started doing the money piece of counseling a bit differently than many counselors. To fit better with the flow of counseling, I work with four-session packages.
Couples: 4 x 80-minute Sessions – $720
Individuals: 4 x 50-minute Sessions – $480
* Your first package as a client includes an Enneagram Personality Evaluation and Gottman Relationship Checkup as appropriate to kick-start the counseling process.
Why the packages?
My wife gets frustrated sometimes, because I’m always trying to make things around the house better. It’s not really the ‘better’ that frustrates her; it’s the occasional flops, like flooding our bathroom because I wanted to wash the couch cushions.
These packages aren’t a flop, though. They are a way of dealing with the money side of counseling in a way that fits the process of therapy better
Think of it like your favorite TV show. They are usually most enjoyable when you commit to a whole season and watch regularly. They are generally less enjoyable (but still good) if you watch them sporadically or quit halfway through the storyline.
Therapy is similar in that it has seasons, rhythms, and storylines. In my experience, therapy is always more successful to the degree that those aspects are leveraged. That’s why packages exist, because it’s one more way to stack the deck toward success rather than mediocrity.
Do you take insurance?
In my experience, insurance makes the whole process of therapy much more difficult. You’ve dealt with insurance companies before, right? When I’ve worked with insurance companies, it’s like I’m serving two masters, the insurance company and the client.
Guess what happens when the insurance company’s best interests aren’t in line with the client’s best interests? Right, the insurance company throws a hissy fit, and my client’s healing is what suffers.
All that said, I understand that finances are a consideration, too; and insurance has its place. While I do not work with insurance companies directly, I can provide you with a receipt called a Super Bill that you can submit to your insurance provider for possible partial or full reimbursement. Reimbursement is not guaranteed, so please check with your provider before your first appointment to avoid any surprises.
Here are some questions that may help you determine whether you can be reimbursed:
- Do I have mental health benefits?
- What is my deductible and has it been met?
- How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?
- How much does my plan cover for an out-of-network provider?
- What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
- Is approval required from my primary care physician?
- What licensure or registration is required for reimbursement (make sure this matches your therapist’s credentials)?
What is your cancellation policy?
Life happens; I get it. If life gets in the way of your scheduled session, all I need is a heads up at least 24 hours in advance so I’ve got a chance to fill your empty appointment time. If you give me less than 24 hours, you’ll be responsible to pay for that session. In most cases, that means I’ll subtract one session from those remaining in your package.
Do you work with Women? Men? Couples?
Yep. Women, Men, and Couples. Absolutely. The best indicator of success in counseling is the amount of trust you have with your counselor. The best way to figure that out is to actually have a conversation, like when you schedule your free consultation.
What do you do in sessions with clients?
Therapy is more like grabbing coffee with a friend than what has become the stereotype of an older man saying something like, “How do you feel about that?” as frustrated client lays on a couch and doesn’t know what to say.
Have you ever told someone a story and, in the process, learned something new about yourself? If so, you know a little about what therapy feels like. If not, I’m sorry you haven’t had someone listen well.
In therapy, we’ll have conversations that help you know yourself better. We’ll also use relaxation/mindfulness techniques, improv, meditation/prayer (as appropriate), art, writing, and anything else we can leverage to get you from where you are now to a better place in the future.
Do your clients receive assignments to work on between sessions?
Yes, and no. Some therapists have a specific course they take you through, kind of like a class in school. I’m not that guy. I do give personalized assignments, tasks, suggestions, books, etc. that help to build on what we are doing in session. Many times, I’ll bring you in on creating this homework, so it is as personally meaningful as possible.
What is your professional training and experience?
I received my training as a counselor at Covenant Theological Seminary in Saint Louis, MO. During that program I spent over 2000 hours with clients while under the supervision of some very skilled therapists. Right now I’m under the supervision of Danelle Rottner (a licensed counselor in Colorado) while in the process of recording the 2000 additional counseling hours required for licensure in Colorado.
Will you beat me over the head with the Bible?
In short … absolutely not! You might have picked up that I have a background in Christianity. I went to a seminary to study counseling, I attend church regularly, this Christianity thing is a big part of my life and story. So, if you are a Christian, I can bring all of that into therapy; and it can be very helpful.
On the other hand, if Christianity isn’t your thing, we’ll use resources that are personally meaningful to you as we journey toward growth and healing. If you are somewhere in between, that’s alright, too. I work hard to make my office a safe place where you can explore your story without fear of judgement.
Is Counseling Confidential?
I work very hard to make the counseling room a safe place for you to explore closely guarded pieces of yourself. Even though I don’t have to comply with HIPAA laws (I was surprised, too. It’s because I don’t work directly with insurance companies), I try to go above and beyond what HIPAA laws require to keep your information and our interactions confidential.
There are a few times I’d have to share your information with others. If you are a danger to yourself (suicidal) or others (homicidal), or there’s an indication of child or elder abuse, I would need to get others involved. A court order would compel me to share specific information as well. Other than those specific instances, you get to decide who (if anyone) gets to know about your counseling.
What is the Client Portal?
I use a service called Simple Practice for record keeping, scheduling, and secure communication with clients. A few of the things you’ll be able to do from the portal are:
- schedule or change appointments
- securely communicate via chat
- review documents shared with you
- add appointments to your calendar