Where is Whole Valley located?

Our office is conveniently located in downtown Duvall. We have a private office above Ace Hardware. Street parking is typically abundant and always free.

Once at the building, enter through the main doors (on 1st Ave NE), and you can follow the signs to our office, which is suite 216. The door leads to a private waiting room.

How much is a session?

Session price varies based on the clinician you are seeing. We do offer a limited number of sliding scale and Apple Health slots.

We also offer pay what you can gender affirming care consults.

Does Whole Valley accept insurance?

We are an out of network provider for most insurance companies. This means that your insurance company may cover a portion of our fee after you’ve met your out of network deductible. You can call your insurance company directly about your out of network outpatient mental health coverage. It will be helpful if you specifically ask about your out of network deductible and what percentage will be covered after you’ve met that.

If you get stuck, we are happy to help. While payment is due in full at time of service, we do provide complimentary billing for most insurance companies so you don’t have to do the paperwork yourself. 

Therapy is an impactful experience that centers on you. As such, you can expect sessions to focus on meeting your needs and working toward your goals. We bring clinical expertise based on training and experience, but you remain the expert on your own self.

As your therapist, we help you articulate and explore your behaviors, thoughts, feelings, and emotions in an open and curious way. You’re free to engage, resist, and rest in the process as much as you need at any given time.

You are always in control of what you share, how much you share, and when you share it. While it is our job to help you grow and stretch, this should never come at the expense of your feeling of safety.

I’ve never been to therapy. What can I expect?

This is a good question! It’s natural to wonder whether the help we are considering will really be able to make a difference—especially if you’ve had less than ideal experiences before or are used to doing things on your own.

As part of an initial consultation, we listen carefully to who you are, what is currently painful for you, and what you need to shift in your life. We then provide our honest assessment of whether we think we can help. If not, we will offer to connect you with colleagues who we think may be a better fit.

If we do choose to work together, we regularly check in to make sure you feel our therapy is time well spent, and you are getting you what you need.

Many of the clients we work with identify as outliers in some way or another. Before we started working together, they were used to receiving care that they didn’t feel fit them or their experiences. It is our goal to make sure everyone who contacts us leaves with something useful, even if they ultimately go on to work with someone else.

How do I know a therapist can help me?

Exactly how long we meet for is dependent on your goals and pace of progress toward them. We regularly check in to make sure that our sessions are on target with your needs and that you’re satisfied with how you are holding steady, moving or shifting in yourself as a result of our work.

For some clients, this means we have worked with them for a handful of sessions as they gain clarity or closure on a decision or life event. For many other clients, they view regular psychotherapy as an integral part of their life, finding that the more work we do, the more they want to work on. This can be months or years.

So how long will your therapy last? Precisely as long as you need it to.

How long does it take?

What’s a first session like?

First appointments are a chance for us to meet face to face and see how our interaction feels in person. At this appointment, we will learn more about the situation that has brought you to therapy at this time, and the ways you hope therapy will improve your life. We’ll also learn a bit about your background, and your present life. We will take the time to answer all your questions.

Sure! Here’s a walkthrough of what you can expect, step by step.

Prior to a first appointment, you’ll receive an email with a link to our patient portal where you can complete your new patient paperwork electronically. If anything is confusing or uncomfortable to complete, skip it and we can discuss in person. If you don’t have access to a computer to complete the paperwork, don’t worry. Just let us know and we can complete it during our session together. 

When you arrive at our office building, you can park anywhere along the street for free. Enter the building on 1st Ave NE. The main doors are located to the right of the Duvall Counseling sign.

After entering the building, follow the directory signs to our office. You’ll walk to the end of the hallway and turn right. Our suite will be the first door on your right. It’s suite 216.

The door will open into a small, private waiting room. You can make yourself a cup of tea and find a comfortable place to sit.  

When it is time for your session, a therapist will come into the waiting room and invite you into our office. We’ll collect payment at this time.

During your session, we will discuss what brings you to therapy now and what you are hoping to shift in your life or gain by starting therapy. We will also begin gathering a bigger picture of who you are and what you’ve experienced. This helps us get to know you and learn best how to support you moving forward.

You’ll get a chance to learn about your therapist and how they work too. You are welcome to ask your therapist any question that might be helpful for you in determining if it’s a good fit.

I really, really like to know what to expect. Can you give me more details?

Feeling nervous is totally normal and totally fine. You can read more about finding a therapist here and strategies for deciphering anxiety when starting out. You can also let your therapist know that you feel anxious and work together to make your first therapy experience positive. Plus they can show you a few tricks to help you be more at ease.

What if I am nervous?

All you have to do is reach out. We understand that some mediums for contact are easier than others; we encourage you to connect with us in the way that feels most comfortable for you. Please call, email, or complete the form below to schedule a 30-minute consultation at no cost, or to schedule a full initial appointment.

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