I generally meet with prospective clients for an initial/screening session to determine if your concerns are a good fit for my practice and so that you can decide if I am a good fit for you. I usually do this free of charge. If we agree to continue, I ask clients to commit to at least 6 to 8 sessions – the amount of time typically required to conscientiously diagnose and initiate treatment for most concerns.
Contact me now to schedule an initial consultation or discuss treatment options. You will be asked to provide proof of insurance, identification, and to complete some initial demographic and clinical background paperwork. You may also be asked to complete some screening tools, depending upon your presenting issues.
Please provide all documentation requested and complete all the paperwork I assign to you in a timely manner. If you do not have access to the internet, I will provide hard copies of all material to you. Otherwise, I will expect that you have either read all the material on the main pages here or can access it outside of our sessions.
I have been providing counseling services to individuals, couples, families, and groups since 2003 and have maintained a small private practice even when working as an operational and clinical leader in larger organizations, like United Health Group. Eastern Slope Counseling and Consulting (ESCC) is the practice I’ve established near my home in Cedar Crest, New Mexico– about 15 miles from Greater Albuquerque.
I've chosen to practice in the near East Mountains because I love the outdoors and find that the mountains can be a powerful impetus for reflection and insight - and ultimately a source of strength. It’s a quiet, peaceful area and really conducive to effective psychotherapy work. It’s a little further to drive, and I think you’ll see that it’s worth every mile. Instead of driving through the endless strip malls of the city, you will enjoy a few miles of expansive mountains to and from you appointments –opportunities to center yourself for treatment and then integrate your experience before returning to your own world.
I try to be forthright, so I believe it’s important to highlight the fact that counseling does not work the same way for every person and, in fact, doesn’t work well at all for some folks. For most people, however, counseling works because of the nature and quality of the therapeutic relationship between the client and the counselor. By creating an open and honest dialogue, and by collaboratively crafting mutually understood objectives, my clients are able to make better sense of their lived experience and to more effectively pursue their goals.
I am credentialed with many of the
New Mexico Centennial Care Medicaid managed care companies, as well as several commercial insurance plans. Please confirm your coverage and my credentialing before a second session with me.
I earned my master’s degree in
Counseling and Educational Psychology in 2002 from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Since then, I have provided mental health services in private practice and as an employee at
a number of community mental health providers around the State.
Getting started with counseling
(as with any healthcare service) can be paperwork heavy at the beginning. I do my best to use only those forms which are either required by law or ethical codes, or which I believe will
significantly contribute to the quality of care you receive.