Q: What exactly is Grief Coaching and how is this different than therapy?
A: Good question! There is much overlap between the two because both are based on improving current reality, making positive changes and increasing your overall happiness. However, I think the best distinction is this: therapy is based in a western medical model of diagnosis and treatment. Grief is not an illness and needs no diagnosis. Grief is a natural response to losing someone or something you loved. You don’t need treatment you simply need to be companioned, coached or guided. Since the experience of sudden loss or grief is like finding yourself dropped into the middle of a new wilderness where nothing makes sense, you may need an experienced guide or someone who has been in a similar situation and navigated this new terrain before. It will not be the same terrain because your experience will be as unique as you are. Grief coaching is like having someone carry a backpack with tools, tricks and provisions. Let me, as your grief coach, carry that backpack for you because your loss will feel immensely heavy all by itself. And ultimately it is you- the one who is grieving who carries the weight of this burden: you must carry it alone, BUT you can travel with someone who can help you through this wilderness of grief. Also, Grief Coaching is more accessible-I can work with anyone anywhere as I offer sessions by phone and online.
Q: Do you work with issues other than grief, loss and trauma?
A: Yes! I work with many different issues and yet I believe many reasons for seeking counseling stem from grief and loss since we are constantly dealing with life’s changes. I have a wide range of experience and have helped people with the following:
- dealing with parents who are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol
- separation & divorce issues
- suicidal ideation/losing someone to suicide
- teen pregnancy
- self-esteem & self-worth
- career issues
- finding life direction
- communication issues
- adoption issues
- attachment issues
- anger management
- chronic illness & disability
- how to deal with a narcissist
- dealing with the challenges of aging parents
- sudden life changes such as becoming a step-mom or unexpected illness/disability
- fertility issues, miscarriage, abortion
- cutting and other self harm habits
- gender identity/exploration
Q: Do you take insurance?
A: Yes. I am on the following insurance panels: Anthem/Blue Cross-Blue Shield, Aetna, and Colorado Medicaid.
Q: What if I have a different insurance plan to use?
A: You can still work me and I can write you a receipt called a Super Bill that you can submit for reimbursement with your insurance carrier. In this case I would be considered an out of network provider. You would still need to pay me my fee upfront.
Q: Is there important information I should know about using my insurance for mental health?
A: Yes, when I use your insurance for reimbursement whether directly or through a Super Bill, I must give them confidential health information about you. I cannot guarantee your confidentiality. And I also MUST give them a diagnosis. If you have further concerns or questions please ask me.
Q: Do you take Medicaid?
A: Yes, due to the recent situation with the pandemic, I am still taking Medicaid clients.
Q: Are you on any EAP’s (Employee Assistance Programs)?
A: Yes. I am on Anthem, Aetna, & New Directions.