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New Clients

CREATIVE PSYCHOLOGY WITH DR. DUG

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get started?

Potential clients should read over the Helpful Tidbits below to make sure they understand logistical matters, such as payment and office hours. They can then fill out the form on the Contact page with the requested information. Dr. Dug's office will then reach out to you to schedule an initial session. 

Do you offer an initial consultation?

This question has been a struggle for me for quite a while. I understand the desire to have an initial conversation with your mental health provider before paying for a session, but these initial consultations have posed multiple difficulties for me in the past. The biggest problem is that it can be very traumatizing for people to summarize what is going on for them and then not be able to process it. The second issue is that it can be difficult to keep these phone calls short and I then end up basically providing a free session. Although I would love to provide free services, this is a very fast pathway to burnout for providers. Finally, I have found that it is very difficult to determine goodness-of-fit in that initial call and the questions that clients have are always answered somewhere on my website. For these reasons, I have determined that it is in the best interest of potential clients and myself to not offer an initial consultation and to instead have an intake session where we have time to explore in a quality manner. 

What happens after the first session?

The first session is your and Dr. Dug's opportunity to see if there is a good fit between you. If there is not a good fit, that may be due to reasons such as, Dr. Dug does not have the skills to work on your issue or there is incompatibility between the way she works and what you are looking for. It could even be due to more subtle and vague reasons, such as a lack of emotional connection. 

What happens in 1-12 sessions?

Individual and relationship therapy with Dr. Dug lasts anywhere from 1-12 sessions. She treats every session as if it may be the last session so that she and the client(s) use those 45 minutes as effectively as possible. Therapy outcomes rely on clients to commit to working on themselves between sessions. 

What if I'm intimidated about making art?

It is quite typical for adults to feel intimidated about making art. Do you remember the days from youth when you didn't even think twice about it? Let's get back to those times when all you were concerned about was how to express yourself. Also, be reassured that the creative projects you will do have nothing to do with "beauty" and more about meaning. 

Individual and relationship therapy involve some art creation, but art is a integral part of group therapy.

Are you seeing couples?

I see a small number of couples for brief (1-12 sessions) therapy. I am board-certified in Couple and Family Psychology and take a systemic and empowering approach to relationships. That means that I look at the big picture - patterns and cycles - that is impacting your relationship and empower you to move toward a more desired version of that relationship. I do not provide referrals for continuing treatment beyond the 12 sessions.

Am I the type of client you work with?

I largely serve clients of color and healthcare practitioners. The reason is because of the lack of providers who can competently work with these populations and because these groups are experiencing record-levels of need right now. 

The best type of client for me is one who is highly motivated and committed for improvement, ready for change, and able to take responsibility for their own choices.​ Also, I am currently only seeing adults and building a list of adolescents who may be interested in group therapy.

Please note that I do not work with clients who have active and untreated substance abuse or recent/chronic suicidal thinking or behavior. I also do not work with relationships that are dealing with an ongoing affair. 

What is your specialty?

I specialize in relationships, relational stress (not just romantic relationships), and high/overly functioning anxiety. I incorporate creative strategies into treatment to help move people from thinking to experiencing. These themes are evident in my YouTube channel, Creative Psychology with Dr. Dug.

What is your approach to therapy?

I approach therapy with a systemic lens, meaning that I look at the big picture, patterns, and interactions. I care less about the details of a particular event, and more about how that event fits into your story.

I also am a Cognitive Behavioral practitioner, which means that I am constantly wondering about how my clients perceive things and how their core beliefs impact their everyday.

Finally, I integrate creative and artistic strategies into treatment, which helps people think less, and experience more.   

Is this a place where I can vent?

I have found that "venting" sessions often leave the client feeling worse and usually has very little benefit. My style of therapy focuses on what is, rather than what isn't; on your strengths, rather than deficiencies; and and what could be, rather than what was. For those clients who desire a therapy where you can hash out your daily struggles, you would be better served by another provider. 

What if I want longer-term therapy?

There is an immense amount of current need and Dr. Dug has chosen to stick with brief therapy so that she can maximize access to therapy. During the course of treatment, you and/or Dr. Dug may decide that long-term therapy is a good idea for you, either instead of therapy with Dr. Dug, or afterward, in which case, the work you do with Dr. Dug can create a strong foundation upon which you can start work with a new provider. 

Dr. Dug does not provide referrals or assistance for anyone who would like to continue with long-term therapy and will not work with clients beyond the 12 session maximum.

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Do you take insurance?

I am in-network with most major health insurance plans in Washington State, but not in any other states. You will have a credit card on file that will be automatically charged for the full session fee and you can then file for reimbursement under your healthcare plan's out-of-network benefits. 

 

Helpful Tidbits

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Location

 

 

 

 

 

All treatment is currently online

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Dr. Dug's Info

 

Washington Psychologist License: PY60415676

Hawaii Psychologist License:

PSY-1915

Georgia Psychologist License: PSY004561

ABPP Board Certification:

8804

PSYPACT APIT #9761

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Hours

 

Mondays 2-6 PM Eastern

Wednesdays 9-1 AM Eastern

Sessions are 45 minutes and start at the top of the hour.

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Insurance

 

WA: In-network provider with major health insurance plans.

All other states: Out-of-network

Please note that health insurance plans typically do not cover couples/family therapy.

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Fees

Initial Session

$250

Follow-up Sessions

$200

Group Sessions

$75

Clinical Supervision

$80-$200 / 1 hour meeting

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Other Information

Can I See You?

Dr. Dug works with clients in Hawaii and with her PSYPACT designation, she can also see clients in more than 30 states.

AL, AZ, AR, CO, DE, DC, GA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, ME, MD, MN, MO, NE, NV,

NH, NJ, NC, OH, OK, PA, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WV, WI

If you are not located in one of these states, you can look at the PSYPACT site for more information about when/if your state is considering joining the interstate compact. 

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