FAQ: INDIVIDUAL THERAPY SESSIONS
We have come to know unprocessed grief as a root of human suffering. Unprocessed grief can show up as anxiety, depression, isolation, self-doubt, rage, estrangement, physical maladies, addiction, self-loathing, and much more. Our role is to help you healthfully integrate your grief so it takes its place as a part of your story without defining you.
WHAT DISTINGUISHES GROUNDED GRIEF THERAPY?
Grief therapy is different than other therapy approaches. As skilled grief therapists, we are comfortable in the space of not needing to fix you--for there is no fixing when someone you love dies or your life changes in irreversible ways. Our expertise is in providing you with pragmatic tools to navigate this time, as well as offering a space to not have to be fixed. I know that welcoming your pain and being with you in it is the only way grief evolves.
DO YOU OFFER IN-PERSON SESSIONS?
Yes. In-Person sessions are available in Portland, OR, Washington, DC, and Falls Church, VA. We ask that clients who opt for in-person sessions be vaccinated and do not attend if they are feeling ill. Masks are required in the waiting room and common areas.
DO YOU OFFER REMOTE SESSIONS?
Yes. Each Grounded Grief clinician offers remote sessions with clients. Our video platforms are either Telehealth by Simple Practice or Zoom.
DOES IT MATTER WHERE I LIVE?
Our team includes clinicians who are licensed in the following states. Licensure laws limit us to providing individual therapy to those who live in these states:
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AT AN INITIAL THERAPY SESSION?
Many people we meet with have never been to therapy. Many have never before experienced the intensity and disorientation that grief can bring. You can expect us to take time in the first session to discern your individual needs (e.g., what do you want more of in your life? and what do you want less of in your life?), provide you with pragmatic information and tools, and form collaborative goals by which we can measure progress.
DO YOU TAKE INSURANCE?
We do not accept payment from health insurers directly at this time. We provide clients with printed statements that may help to obtain reimbursement for a portion of the fee.
WHAT ARE YOUR RATES FOR INDIVIDUAL SESSIONS?
Rates for individual sessions range from $120-$190 per 55-min session. Here is our current pricing per clinician:
Katherine Hatch (Serving OR & DC & MD Clients): $170 per 55-min
Heather Hill (Serving OR & WA Clients): $160 per 55-min
Siri Michel-Midelfort (Serving OR Clients): $120 per 55-min
Sara Linnhehan (Serving MD & DE & TN Clients): $165 per 55-min ($190 per 55-min initial session)
Jennifer Lanouette (Serving VA Clients): $165 per 55-min
Willa Morris Day (Serving VA, MD, DC, & ME Clients): $170 per 55-min
Sarah Loveland (Serving DC & NJ Clients): $160 per 55-min
WHAT ARE YOUR RATES FOR GROUP SESSIONS?
Our group session rate is $45 per 90-minute session. Groups consist of 10 weekly sessions and consistent attendance is required. Participants can opt to pay per session or submit a reduced fee of $400 for the 10-sessions up front.
DO YOU OFFER SLIDING SCALE RATES?
Yes. We offer a number of sliding scale options. Please inquire about these when you contact us!
WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?
Due to limited availability, we require 48-hour notice to cancel your individual therapy session without charge. Without 48-hour notice, clients will be charged in full for their session.
WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT?
All major credit cards, HSA or FSA cards, check, and cash. We accept card payments via Stripe through our electronic medical record system, Simple Practice.
WHAT FORMS DO I NEED TO COMPLETE AT MY FIRST SESSION?
We require all clients to sign an Informed Consent Form, a Rights and Responsibilities Form and a Notice of Privacy Practices Form. Please review these forms prior to your first visit in order to make the most of our time together.
WHAT IS YOUR THERAPEUTIC APPROACH?
Our approach to therapy is grounded in relational therapy perspectives as well as in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), IFS (Internal Family Systems), Complicated Grief Treatment, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy methods. Each clinician will discuss their training modalities during a consult call.
WHAT IS EMDR? WHAT IS IFS?
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress and trauma. IFS (Internal Family Systems) is also an integrative psychotherapy approach based in systems theory and multiplicity of the mind. Katherine has training in both of these therapies and determines in collaboration with her clients if and when to use them.
WHAT IS PROLONGED GRIEF?
As defined by the Center for Prolonged Grief, "Prolonged Grief is a persistent form of intense grief in which maladaptive thoughts and dysfunctional behaviors are present along with continued yearning, longing and sadness and/or preoccupation with thoughts and memories of the person who died. Grief continues to dominate life and the future seems bleak and empty. Irrational thoughts that the deceased person might reappear are common and the bereaved person feels lost and alone." Katherine and Siri have training in Prolonged Grief Therapy Treatment.