This explanation of my office and professional policies is provided for your information. It contains information about my professional services and business policies. It also contains summary information about the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), a Federal law that provides privacy protections and patient rights with regard to the use and disclosure of your Protected Health Information (PHI) used for the purpose of treatment, payment, and health care operations. HIPAA requires that I provide you with a Notice of Privacy Practices, which I shall give you at intake.
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the State of Washington (#LW60232695). I have a Master’s degree from Portland State University, School of Social Work. I participate yearly in continuing education training in specialized areas to be able to provide quality treatment for my clients and as a condition of licensure. I operate under the Code of Ethics approved by the State of Washington and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
My personal style is honest and direct with warmth and humor. My goal is to provide a safe, collaborative environment that allows you to build on your personal strengths; to discover new ways to understand yourself and to use this new awareness to create or enhance your ability to approach your problems with self, others and the environment.
In order to meet the above therapeutic goal, a variety of techniques may be utilized such as brief therapy, communication skills, developmental awareness and interpersonal dynamics in individual, or couple therapy. I have a Systems approach and tend to follow a Strengths Based Model. In the initial session, we will explore and establish the presenting problem(s) and what will be involved in treatment. Length of treatment will vary depending on the nature of the issues, commitment to the therapeutic process, and how this fits with the goals you have in seeking treatment.