FAQ

Why do people seek therapy?

People choose therapy for many different reasons. For some, therapy may help with problems that are preventing them from enjoying life, such as conflicts in their relationships, stress at work, sleep problems, or anxiety. Others are looking for greater meaning and purpose, or perhaps to feel more content and joyful.

What is therapy and how does it work?

Therapy is like taking a pause in life in which to step back and draw a deep breath. It is a collaborative treatment based on the relationship between an individual and the therapist. Therapists apply scientifically validated interventions to help people develop healthier and more effective habits for living. Grounded in dialogue, therapy provides a supportive environment that allows you to sort through your thoughts and feelings with a non-judgmental listener.

Do I have to be a Buddhist to be your client?

No. Buddhist psychology provides certain principles of psychology and can be beneficial to anyone as a therapeutic approach. Although I see the human experience within a Buddhist framework, my approach is broadly based and flexible, oriented toward your unique needs, beliefs, and circumstances.

How long will therapy last?

We can work short term or long term, and you can finish therapy whenever you want. We will discuss this further in the first session after I learn more about you and what you are experiencing. There is no commitment to continue past the first session if you decide therapy is not for you.

How much will it cost and do you take insurance?

I charge $150.00 for the initial consultation for 50 minute session and $120.00 for all follow-up sessions.

I am contracted with Premera Blue Cross, Lifewise Insurance, Regence, First Choice Health and Group Health Insurance.

If I am contracted with your insurance provider, I will do the billing and you will pay me the remaining co-pay or co-insurance rate. If I am billing your insurance as an out-of-network provider, you will be required to pay me the full amount after each session. Every insurance plan is different, so please check your plan to understand the specifics of your mental health benefits before our first session.

How do I get started?

Feel free to call me at 206-434-7609 or send me an email at teresa (at) teresawilliamsseattle (dot) com.

We may have a brief conversation by phone or email, but in general most of our exchange will take place in person. During our initial consultation we’ll talk about what is going on in your life. You’ll be able to get a sense of me and how I work. We’ll then determine whether or not it feels like a good fit. If for whatever reason we do not end up working together, I always have referrals available.