Frequently Asked Questions

Where are you located?

I am conveniently located in downtown Durango. My office address is 2243 Main Ave, Suite 4A.  Parking is available on site.  Please park in a spot designated for Amie Bryant/Janet Curry/Katy Pytte.

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How do I book an appointment?

To schedule an appointment, please contact me at 970-946-8004.  Appointments are booked on a first come, first serve basis, however I am happy to accommodate securing recurring weekly appointments as desired.  Established clients may contact me or use the online portal to schedule an appointment, however new clients are encouraged to call so initial information may be obtained.

What can I expect in the Initial phone call?

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment or in gathering more information about the therapeutic process, please call (9790-946-8004).  In the initial phone call I will gather general information related to what is prompting you to seek counseling, as well as provide some information about me and my services.  If there appears to be a good fit and you are interested, we will schedule an initial intake appointment.  Otherwise, I am happy to provide you with other potential therapist referrals in our community that may suit your needs more appropriately.

What can I expect in the first session?

The initial intake will last about an hour and will require that you complete paperwork prior to the visit.  This first session is most importantly about introducing ourselves to each other and ideally establishing a connection.  It will also entail reviewing required paperwork, gathering information about your life and what brought you to counseling, and your goals for seeking services.  At the end of the session, I will check in with you about the session and provide treatment recommendations based on the information obtained.

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What can I expect in a typical counseling session?

A typical counseling session lasts 50 minutes and allows time for a brief check in as well as time to talk and process current stressors, symptoms, and coping.  Sessions vary based on presenting need and goals, though will often include some psycho-education and skill building, as well as verbal processing, supportive reflection, feedback, and mindfulness practice.  The session will often end with a plan for at home practice prior to the following session.  Future appointments may be booked at the completion of each session.

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How much is a counseling session?

My rate for a 50 minute session is $100. Payment is required at the start of each session.  Cash or check are accepted.  Session length may be shortened or extended base on need and fees are pro-rated accordingly.

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Do you accept insurance?

At this time, I am not billing insurance companies directly, however I am happy to provide you with receipts of service and/or a “Superbill” to submit to your insurance company for potential reimbursement.  I can not guarantee reimbursement as it is based on your insurance company and individual insurance plan.

How often will I need to come to therapy?

All treatment recommendations are based on the individual, the circumstances, and the presenting concern.  How often you present to therapy will be based on your desires as well as my recommendations, however I typically encourage people to engage weekly for at least 4 sessions.  Following that we will discuss the most appropriate timeframe which will vary from continued weekly to every other week to once a month to “as needed”.  I work with each of you individually to create a schedule that works best for you and your situation.

How do I find the right therapist?

Finding the “right” therapist is like trying on clothes.  Sometimes you find the right fit immediately and sometimes you need to shop around.  I encourage people to get recommendations from friends and other professionals in the community, read therapist’s websites, speak with therapists on the phone, and ultimately schedule an appointment to see if you have a fit.  I typically encourage people to meet with a therapist at least 2-3 times prior to making a determination of fit, although there are times you get a feel for the “right fit” in the first session.

What is EMDR?

https://emdria.site-ym.com/page/emdr_therapy?

What is the difference between a clinical social worker (LCSW) and a counselor (LPC)?

As an LCSW, I obviously know more about what that means because I have not been trained as an LPC, however, as a broad generalization, LPC’s have a graduate degree by an accredited program in counseling or similarly related field and generally focus on the client as an individual. An LCSW has a graduate degree in social work and will generally focus not only on the client as an individual, but view the individual through a holistic systems lens with a focus on resources (both inherent and external). Both however may enter in to private practice and provide various psychotherapy and counseling services. The core values of the social work profession are; service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence.

What are the values of a social worker?

The core values of the social work profession are:

  • service
  • social justice
  • dignity and worth of the person
  • importance of human relationships
  • integrity
  • competence