Katie provides a calm and safe environment for each therapy session. You can expect to be both encouraged and challenged during counseling. Katie shares your goals. You then have a partner alongside you during your journey toward change. Katie always jokes that she’s not here to “reinvent the wheel” – she’ll assist you in learning what works for you. You are the expert on you; Katie is the ally and guide to help you along the way.
Katie has a passion for counseling women. Women find themselves in multiple roles over the course of their lives, and each of these roles can present emotional trials. You might be in your 20s feeling out the landscape of independence and relationships. Perhaps you are coping with significant caregiving of a sick child or parent. You may be going through a painful divorce. Maybe you are juggling and coping with parents, children, and grandchildren simultaneously. These situations can create emotional struggle, anxiety, or depression. Katie enjoys providing a calm and encouraging space for you to be yourself and work through personal challenges.
Katie specializes in children’s counseling. She has a special gift of working with kids. Katie puts kids first in their counseling. They can tell, and they respond. Kids become motivated and truly enjoy meeting with Katie. You’ll find Katie providing counseling with puppets, art supplies, stuffed animals, toys, games, and her favorite – UNO cards. Katie creates a very special place for kids to feel like they can be themselves. Once she gains trust with kids, they flourish. Katie challenges and encourages kids to create change which moves them into more positive behaviors and emotions.
Men struggle at times finding spaces where they feels emotionally safe to share their problems. Katie feels honored to provide this space for men to work through life’s problems. Perhaps you are dealing with anxiety or depression for the first time. Maybe you have loss in your life or past abuse that has never been processed. A recent job loss might be rocking your foundation and identity. By seeking counseling with Katie, you have a partner alongside you during your journey toward change.
Katie (she/her) is a straight ally for the LGBTQ+ community and has loads of experience serving you. Katie feels honored to provide a safe space for the entire Queer community to work through personal trials and challenges. This is truly an area of passion for Katie. She spent much of her graduate program specializing in LGBTQ+ issues and researching how emotional and behavioral challenges specifically affect you. Katie has experience working with teens and adults, as well as couples/parents/ex-spouses/families. Katie is knowledgeable and provides a calm and encouraging space for you to be yourself and work through personal counseling without stigma or judgment.
Katie maintains confidentiality for all clients in accordance with American Counseling Association Guidelines, as well as HIPAA laws. Ethically, Katie can neither confirm nor deny that she sees you as a client unless you sign a release allowing her to speak to others about your counseling.
However, there are a few exceptions:
1. Katie is legally obligated to inform the police if there is reason to believe that you will harm yourself or another person. Additionally, she is obligated by law to inform the potential victim. Crisis resourcing will be done if Katie feels that you are a risk to yourself.
2. The Department of Child Services will be contacted if you or anyone in your family is a victim or predator of child abuse. Also, if you or anyone in your family is a victim or predator of elder or dependent adult abuse, Katie will notify the police and Social Services.
3. If Katie is court-ordered to do so, she may be obligated to release records or personal information to lawyers in the event of legal cases. Katie will make every attempt to gain your consent before sharing any information with a third party.
4. If you are seeking reimbursement from insurance companies, Katie will provide them your diagnostic code. They do not receive any additional information from her about your treatment.
5. Katie consults with a professional supervisor in order to continue learning and growing as a mental health therapist. This supervision is done in order to enhance knowledge, skill-set, and experience, and to provide you the best care possible. Katie does not provide her professional supervisor with your name or identity. Rest assured that this individual also abides by professional ethics concerning your confidentiality.
Confidentiality and Children Clients
Similar with adult clients, Katie prioritizes alliance with kids during therapy.
When Katie is counseling minors, general confidentiality ethics apply. With children ages 12 and under, she will discuss the details of the sessions with the child’s parent or guardian. For kids ages 13 to 17, the details of their counseling sessions will be kept confidential with the exception of general information to a parent or guardian of how the sessions are going. Also, the same legal exceptions will apply (see #1 – 5 above.)
Sanctuary Counseling Center is out-of-network for all insurance companies. This allows you and Katie to work together in order to create the most ideal therapy plan for you and your family without the interference or constraints of insurance companies and managed care.
If you plan to file for insurance reimbursement, please call your provider and inquire about their out-of-network mental health (sometimes called behavioral health) benefits. This number is usually found on the back of your insurance card.
Fees are due at the time of service. You will be provided a detailed receipt containing all the necessary information for you to submit a claim form to your insurance company. Claim forms are typically found on the insurance company’s website. Katie is considered an out-of-network provider.
Please be aware that most insurance companies require you to authorize a therapist to provide them with a clinical diagnostic code. On rare occasions, therapists have to provide additional clinical information such as treatment summaries or progress notes. This information will become part of the insurance company files. Though all insurance companies claim to keep such information confidential, Sanctuary Counseling Center has no control over your files once they are given to your insurance company. In some cases, they may share the information with a national medical information databank. You will be notified if we are contacted by your insurance company with any requests for information.
Billing and Payment
You are expected to pay in full for each session at the time of the session (cash, checks, and HSA/credit cards are accepted at Sanctuary Counseling Center).
You are expected to pay in full for each session at the time of the session (cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted at Sanctuary Counseling Center). A returned check will result in a $20 fee along with a cash payment for the session. If you have financial concerns, please do not cancel your appointments, as payment arrangements, a short-term sliding scale, or payment installments can be made for special circumstances.
When Katie schedules an appointment with you, she is making a commitment to set aside that time and space for you. She asks for the same commitment from you when you schedule. Therefore, Sanctuary Counseling Center maintains a late-cancelation fee policy. If you must cancel or reschedule your appointment time, please provide the office with 24 hour notification. If you do not notify the office within 24 hours, you will be billed for the session. Emergencies happen, so please do your best to contact the office as soon as you know you have to miss your appointment. On a rare occasion, Katie may have to miss a session. You will be notified with as much notice as possible and every effort will be made to quickly reschedule your appointment.
If your account balance becomes more than 60 days overdue and arrangements for payment have not been agreed upon, Sanctuary Counseling Center has the option of using legal means to secure the payment. If such legal action is necessary, its costs will be included in the claim. In most collection situations, the only information necessary to release regarding a client’s treatment is his/her name, the nature of services provided, and the amount due.
Fees for forms, applications, or court
There is a $15 fee for any type of form, summary, application, assessment, report, court document, etc. If these copies are needed to be sent directly to an outside person or agency, other than the client themselves, a completed and signed Release of Information Form is additionally needed in order for Sanctuary Counseling Center to maintain confidentiality and ethical standards.