You've got questions. Here are some readily available answers.

What is telehealth?

Telehealth is a way to receive healthcare remotely using telecommunication technology, including secure video conferencing. Using a device connected to the internet that is capable of running Telehealth (e.g. a webcam or built in camera and speaker), you will be able to participate in sessions from the comfort of your own home. This can be helpful for saving time by eliminating the commute to and from appointments. Most importantly, research suggests that Telehealth is as effective as in-person therapy.

Tranquil Way Psychology uses a HIPAA-compliant platform called Simple Practice to conduct our Telehealth appointments. This service is free for you to use as a client and includes reminders about your appointments, a secure messaging system to communicate with me in between sessions, and a safe and confidential video software.

Can you see clients across state lines?

In certain cases, yes. I am located and licensed in Washington state, therefore I am able to see clients throughout Washington state. 

Additionally, Psychologists who meet stringent training standards can be approved to practice telepsychology across 39 different states under the authority of PSYPACT. I have received this authorization which means I am able to provide telepsychology services to individuals living in PSYPACT participating states. For a map of participating states, please visit the PSYPACT website:

What are your qualifications?

There are numerous milestones on the road to becoming a Clinical Psychologist. I completed my BA in Psychology from State University of New York at Binghamton in 2006, my MS in Clinical Psychology from Ohio University in 2009 and my PhD in Clinical Psychology from Ohio University in 2013. My predoctoral internship training was completed at the American Lake VA from 2012-2013. Afterward, I pursued a postdoctoral residency focused on Evidence-Based Psychotherapies at the Loma Linda VA from 2013-2014. I have been working as a staff psychologist at the VA since 2014 and licensed as a Psychologist in Washington State since 2015 (License PY 60530565).

Since completing my degree, I have received supervised experience delivering Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for clients diagnosed with anxiety (CBT-A), depression (CBT-D), and insomnia (CBT-I), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Motivational Interviewing strategies (MI), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE). 

I currently serve as a national consultant for the VA's Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression training program. This means I train other mental health professionals at the VA how to practice CBT.

When are you available?

Tranquil Way Psychology is primarily intended to accommodate working professionals that are occupied during typical working hours. As such, treatment sessions are available on weekday evenings, with Saturday and Sunday availability on an individual basis.

How do I reach you between sessions?

If you need to contact me between sessions, please leave a message on my voice mail (425) 892-0672 or a HIPAA-compliant secure message on the Simple Practice portal. 

I am often not immediately available. However, I will attempt to return your call or respond to your message within a 48 hour period.

PLEASE NOTE: I do not provide crisis care and am not able to offer 24/7 coverage

In the event of an emergency situation, call 911 or visit any local emergency room. 

Another resource available to you 24 hours/day and 365 days/year is the National Crisis Line at 988 or 1-800-273-8255

What's your communication policy?

In what states do you see clients?

Email Communications

I use email only with your permission and only for administrative purposes, unless we have made another agreement. Email exchanges with my office should be limited to setting and changing appointments, and not about clinical matters. This is because email is not a secure form of communication.

Text Messaging

Because text messaging is not secure, I do not text message nor do I respond to text messages from anyone in treatment with me. This is to protect your privacy and confidentiality.

If you need to contact me between sessions, please leave a message on my voice mail or a HIPAA-compliant secure message on the Simple Practice portal.

How do I get insurance to pay for treatment?

Tranquil Way Psychology is in network with the following insurance providers:

UnitedHealthcare, Oxford Health Plans, Aetna, UMR, Oscar, UHC Student Resources, AllSavers UHC, Meritain, Nippon, United Healthcare Shared Services, Allied Benefit Systems - Aetna, Surest (Formerly Bind), Health Plans Inc., UnitedHealthcare Global, Optum Live & Work Well (EAP), Christian Brothers Services - Aetna, Trustmark Health Benefits - Aetna, Trustmark Small Business Benefits - Aetna, Health Scope - Aetna

Please note: You remain ultimately responsible for paying any deductible, copay, or other out of pocket expenses that your insurance provider may require.

Additionally, certain health insurance policies that are not listed above will provide some coverage for “out of network” mental health treatment. This usually occurs as reimbursement for fees you have already paid for clinical services. I may be able to provide you with some of the information you may need to receive these benefits. Because not all clinical services are covered by every insurance provider, it is important that you find out exactly what mental health services your insurance policy covers at the outset of therapy. 

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