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New Clients


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get started?

After looking over this website, reading about the YELR program, and deciding you would like to meet with Dr. Dug, download and complete the Starting Point Activities. After we receive those, you will be contacted to schedule an initial session. 

What happens after the first session?

The first session of YELR 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 6 sessions?

The first 5 sessions of YELR are used for intake and assessment. Dr. Dug will use questionnaires, questions, and discussion to assess your current situation. You will then go on an individual personal retreat and then return for a follow-up session where you and Dr. Dug will discuss and make sense of what happened during the retreat and devise next steps.

What if I want more than 6 sessions of therapy?

I am only seeing clients for the YELR program, which entails 6 sessions and a personal retreat. After the 6th session, YELR'ers are welcome to participate in an ongoing therapy group with other YELR'ers. Dr. Dug does not provide referrals or assistance for anyone who would like to continue with long-term therapy, but is happy to offer suggestions for how the client can locate a new provider.

What if I'm intimidated about making art?

During your YELR retreat you will be reflecting and using creative and artistic strategies. 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. 

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. 

I designed YELR for 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 created YELR for people who suffer with a unique type of worry and anxiety. I also specialize in relationships (romantic, family, friend, work) - as a result, much of your retreat curriculum is relational. 

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?

We spend the 6 sessions of YELR examining the big picture and patterns in your life and almost no 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. 

Are you seeing couples?

I see a small number of couples for short-term (up to 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. Similar to YELR, I do not provide referrals for continuing treatment beyond the 12 sessions. Relationship therapy is paid out-of-pocket. 

Can I participate in YELR at the same time as traditional therapy?

This should be discussed with your regular mental health provider, but in general, you can participate in YELR at the same time as traditional therapy. Because of the content YELR works with, there is usually not a crossover with the work you are doing in therapy.


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All treatment is currently online

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Dr. Dug's Info


Washington Psychologist License: PY60415676

Hawaii Psychologist License:


Georgia Psychologist License: PSY004561

ABPP Board Certification:



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Monday - Thursday

9 AM - 6 PM Eastern

Sessions are 45 minutes and start at 15 minutes past the hour.

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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.

YELR Workbook ($75) is not covered by insurance.

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Initial Session


Follow-up Sessions


Group Sessions


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 almost 30 states.



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

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