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Asked Questions

I’m not experiencing a crisis or feel depressed. Can I still work one-on-one with you?

Absolutely! Therapy and coaching is effective as preventive care and a great form of radical self-care.  Constantly feeling of stuck, tired, guilty, and overworked can feel discouraging when you are doing everything you can to cope and manage it all. Our collaborative work can be a wonderful place for reflection, resource and insight building.

How often do we meet?

Though specific meeting times vary based on our schedules and clients' needs, I typically meet with clients on a weekly, long-term basis for 60 minutes, as consistency is key in building the therapeutic relationship and facilitating the healing process.

What are the costs for therapy and/or coaching sessions?

  • Free 30 min. discovery call

  • $195 for 60 min. individual therapy/coaching session

  • $125 for 60 min. individual therapy with MSW intern with direct clinical supervision with Mao Beckett, LCSW

  • Limited sliding scale fees may be available based on income.


What do I need once we start therapy or coaching together?

I offer 100% online/distance support as I am based in Wisconsin. A phone, laptop or computer with reliable internet service or phone service and quiet/private space if possible for sessions.

I’m nervous about starting therapy/coaching.

That is totally normal and expected! I recognize seeking therapy and professional support can be intimidating. I invite you to bring all of your identities and parts to our meetings where we can honor and explore them at your pace.

What is the difference between therapy and coaching?

As your coach, I would not conduct therapy services which includes assessing, diagnosing, and treating mental health symptoms to identify and decrease symptoms. However, I will  help you find an appropriate referral if mental health counseling is a more appropriate fit. Your voice and needs continue to be priority as we collaborate to help you achieve your goals. 


How do I know if you’re the right therapist or coach for me?

I recommend booking a 30-minute discovery call to discuss your needs and if I can be a support to you. I also have a business Instagram account where I post therapy/coaching related information you can check out here.


Why do you not take insurance?

Insurance companies mandate a diagnosis, oversee your health records, and may seek access to your information while in therapy. They also may limit your coverage to a set number of therapy sessions per year. This level of control does not align with my liberation-centered care and support I strive to provide and cultivate for clients I serve.

What should I ask my insurance about submitting a reimbursement claim for out-of-pocket therapy services?

“Does my plan include out-of-network benefits for mental health care? Specifically, for outpatient psychotherapy?”


“Do I have a deductible for out-of-network mental health services? If yes, what is the remaining amount I will have to pay before my health plan starts to reimburse me for fees that I pay out-of-pocket?”


“What is the maximum amount my plan will reimburse for mental health service code 90837 with a Psychotherapist?”


If the rep does not provide a clear answer, ask: “What is the maximum allowed amount for mental health service code 90837 with a psychotherapist, and what percentage of the maximum allowed amount will my plan pay?” (This percentage of the maximum allowed amount is the amount you would receive as reimbursement.)

Can I incorporate reiki into therapy or coaching even if I am not religious?

Yes! Although the founder of Reiki was a Buddhist monk, it is not a religious practice. It is a gentle, Japanese meditation practice. I introduce Reiki practices such as the 5 precepts, hands on self healing, hara breathing that you can practice and incorporate to your daily life. 

What is your cancellation policy?

Sessions are required to be canceled no less than 24 hours from the scheduled session to avoid the full fee charge.


What is the next step?

Book a discovery call here!

What is EMDR therapy?

The Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) approach is a present and future-focused therapy. It is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method that helps people heal from trauma or other distressing life experiences. EMDR therapy helps the brain process these memories, and allows normal healing to resume. The experience is still remembered, but the fight, flight, or freeze response from the original event is resolved. It does not require talking in detail about the distressing issue or completing homework between sessions. EMDR therapy is designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain. For many clients, EMDR therapy can be completed in fewer sessions than other psychotherapies. (source:

Watch Intro to EMDR Therapy Video here (Courtesy of EMDR International Association"

What is the S.A.F.E EMDR approach?

Developed and founded by Deb Kennard, MS after more than 20 years of clinical practice and EMDR experience creating Personal Transformation Institute (PTI) in 2014. At PTI, the EMDR model is viewed through the lens of somatic and attachment focuses, informed by sensorimotor psychotherapy. That’s why we call this Somatic and Attachment Focus by the acronym “S.A.F.E.”

• The approach is safe because of our somatic focus: we teach and use somatic resources: exercises meant to manage affect and emotions.

• The approach is safe because of our attachment focus: we use the positive and negative aspects of a client’s Answer in order to work within their Window of Tolerance.


Can this be accomplished virtually?

Absolutely! My services are 100% virtual-based. I use a secure video platform that allows for visual and auditory bilateral stimulation. You would only need a phone, laptop, tablet, or desktop, a private space, and reliable internet connection

Do I need a mental health diagnosis to receive EMDR Therapy treatment?

Not at all. I currently work with clients that do not meet DSM-5 criteria using this approach.

EMDR therapy can help manage and resolve non-clinical limitations such as but not limited to: fear of public speaking, difficulty with setting boundaries, people-pleasing, low confidence/self-esteem, or relationship/interpersonal conflicts.

Eight Phases of EMDR Therapy Treatment

There are eight phases to EMDR therapy: initial history discovery and treatment planning, preparation, assessment, desensitization, installation, body scan, closure, and then reevaluation.

Who can benefit from EMDR therapy?

EMDR therapy helps children and adults of all ages that have issues or limitations in their life that would make a positive difference if resolved.

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