FAQFrequently asked questions about my services.

I’m always happy to answer any questions you may  have. If you don’t see what you’re looking for in the list below, please feel free to get in touch by phone or email.

General

As an independent mental health case manager, my job is to improve my clients’ quality of life. I help them maintain their independence and minimalize hospitalizations by helping them navigate daily life and assisting in crisis situations (whether they be social or mental).

This includes helping clients get to and from appointments, running errands (such as picking up medications and other necessities), and coordinating services (for medical and living needs).

I am also able to provide emotional support and help with communications between the client’s treatment team and family. Click here for a detailed breakdown of the services I provide.

  • 36 years spent working for Washington State’s Department of Social Health Services Division of Child & Family Services (DSHS/DCFS).
  • Named Outstanding Employee of the Year (1998) for my work as a DSHS/DCFS Group Care Social Worker, while working with adolescent state-dependent children living in residential treatment programs for behavioral/emotional problems.
  • Experience working with diverse populations through my work with the Los Angeles Department of Social Services, where I worked with disabled men and indigent populations, and as a CPS worker with the Washington State Department of Social Services. I have also worked with the Friends of Youth residential facilities for adult males and the West Seattle Office of Indian Child Welfare.
  • Deep understanding of the issues and struggles faced by the mentally ill and those who care about them — as well as extensive knowledge of the local mental health system and the available community resources.
  • Hundreds of hours of training, including mental health issues, family dynamics and dysfunction, substance abuse, cultural awareness, sexual abuse, and caseload management.
  • Dedicated volunteer; I’ve donated time to Children’s Hospital, Cancer Resources at Valley General Hospital, and Lambert House for Gay/Lesbian Youth, as well as many labor, environmental, human rights, and political campaigns.
A referral is not necessary to begin working with me. If you have a family member in need of my services, you may get in touch with me by phone or email.
I work with adult clients who are 18 years or older, residing in Seattle and the surrounding areas, and living either independently or with family. To work with me, potential clients must have:

  • A mental illness diagnosis.
  • A counselor and/or professional treatment team whom I can communicate with as needed.

Once the above guidelines have been met, I require that all prospective clients meet with me to establish compatibility. I will only work with clients with whom there is a mutual agreement that my services and personality are a good fit for their needs.

In addition to clients who do not meet the guidelines stated above, I will not work with individuals who have borderline personality disorder.
I work with clients in Seattle and the surrounding areas, including North Seattle, South Seattle, West Seattle, the Eastside, Vashon Island, and Bainbridge. I take on clients in other areas on a case by case basis.
Yes. I provide around-the-clock crisis care.
Please take the time to familiarize yourself with the services I provide and ensure that what I offer is what you need. Then, either call or email me to set up a time to discuss your needs. After an initial phone consultation, we can set up a time for me to meet with you and the individual I will be working with.

Payment & Billing

No, I do not take insurance. All costs and expenses will need to be paid out of pocket.
I accept cash, check, and credit card payments.
I charge $85/hour for the first 12 hours of work per month. Additional hours during the month are charged at $70/hour.
I send itemized invoices monthly, with payment due on receipt. Invoices must be received and paid by someone other than the client (e.g., a family member or trust).
I do not. I only charge for actual time spent with the client.
You will be billed for the time I spend with the client, any expenses incurred during that time (e.g., reimbursements for money spent on the client, including meals, parking, groceries, medication, and miscellaneous needs.), and all phone communication in excess of 15-minutes that is related to the needs of the client.You will not be charged for my travel time to and from client visits.
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