CREATIVE PSYCHOLOGY WITH DR. DUG
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get started?
After looking over this website and deciding you would like to meet with Dr. Dug, you can Contact us to set up an initial 15-minute video chat. If you and Dr. Dug agree to have an initial session, she will schedule that with you at that time. You will then be set up with a Client Portal and scheduled for 12 weekly sessions.
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 for more subtle and vague reasons, such as a lack of emotional connection.
Am I the type of client you work with?
I largely serve clients of color, healthcare practitioners, and adolescents. 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.
I typically work best with clients who tend to overthink and get stuck in their thoughts. They have usually done a lot of work on themselves and know a lot, but then have not been able to figure out how to advance to the next step.
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 couples who are dealing with an ongoing affair.
What is your specialty?
I specialize in problems related to anxiety and relationships (romantic, family, friend, work).
What happens in 12 weeks?
The typical format of therapy consists of an assessment of your wants and needs over the first few meetings and then an integration of desired changes into your life. We do this through creative and artistic strategies and talking.
What if I want more than 12 weeks of therapy?
If you or we determine that your would benefit from ongoing therapy, I will provide you with a few referrals with whom you can follow up for longer term treatment.
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.
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 what we do in session has nothing to do with "beauty" and more about meaning.
Is this a place where I can vent?
We spend the 12 weeks examining the big picture and patterns in your life and much less time discussing the day to day issues. I have found that "venting" sessions often leave the client feeling worse and usually has very little benefit. For those clients seeking this type of therapy, you would be better served by another provider.
Washington Clients: Online
Hawaii Clients: Online
Georgia Clients: Online (for now)
Dr. Dug's Info
Washington Psychologist License: PY60415676
Hawaii Psychologist License:
Georgia Psychologist License: PSY004561
ABPP Board Certification:
Tuesday - Thursday
Hawaii: Morning Hours
Pacific: 7am - 3:30pm
Eastern: 10am - 6:30pm
WA: In-network provider with major health insurance plans.
HI & GA: Out-of-network
Please note that health insurance plans typically do not cover couples/family therapy.
Prepare for sessions with a few basic materials: pencil, eraser, some form of color, and paper. You can also find "beginner art set"s online that are well-priced and contain a nice variety. Ideally, you would have items such as:
Blank paper and watercolor paper
Pencil (preferably HB) and Eraser
Chalk pastels (basic color set)
Oil pastels (basic color set)
Watercolor pencils (basic set)
Cup of water (to clean brushes) or a waterbrush pen (holds water)
Small and medium Paintbrushes (round #3 and #6)