Psychotherapy and Shamanic Healing Sessions
Individual In-Person Sessions
Dr. Selena's Philosophy
You hold the power to heal the emotional wounds that might prevent you from touching true inner peace and happiness in all realms of life. Through the process of therapy, you will come to recognize your own strength and potency to heal and to take active steps to move in a positive direction. There are both conscious and subconscious influences on your thoughts, emotions and behavior. To the extent that it is possible, you will be guided to understand, heal and affect these influences, so that your choices are free and are congruent with the highest expression of your self.
Dr. Selena's Methods
Though the counseling is tailored to meet your needs, the therapy methods are primarily based and draw from the western theories of Humanistic, Transpersonal, Depth Psychology, and from the Ancient practices of Shamanism. For more information about these methods listen below!
Setting and Location
In-person sessions are offered in the tranquil setting of a small home located right next to the Adult Community Center in Lake Oswego, OR. The waiting room has a cozy gas fireplace and tea is also available. The office overlooks the wooded back yard and ensures privacy as well as confidentiality. The hawthorne and holly trees, along with the evergreens contribute to the peaceful feeling. Animals, such as hawks, hummingbirds, raccoons and deer have been known to wander into sight and contribute to the session in their own way. This setting is serene, private and yet supported by the Earth Mother. Please find the actual address below. By appointment only, please.
Length of Session
Sessions typically last an hour and a half; however, we recommend that you leave a window of two hours in case the session runs over that time. People are often surprised to find that so much time has passed!
While it might seem odd to see amenities listed for counseling sessions, we think that counseling is inherently about caring and compassion. We want you to feel comfortable as you explore emotional issues.
Session Notes - Selena writes notes as the session unfolds and then provides a copy to you, so that you can remember and reinforce what has happened during the session.
Crystal Geyser Water - is provided for good hydration and energy movement.
Smudging - is offered for those who wish. We usually use cedar.
Tea - is available for your pleasure.
Candles - are lit during the session. These are 100% pure Pheylonian beeswax candles without fragrance.
Callebaut Chocolate (when available) - is given at the end of the session to help ground you. (Besides, it's delicious!)
Most people prefer in-person sessions; however, phone sessions are convenient and are just as effective as in -person sessions for some people. In the comfort of your own home, you can explore emotional issues without having to get ready and drive somewhere. Phone sessions may or may not be appropriate for you and/or your issues, however. After an initial consultation, Dr. Selena can decide whether phone sessions would be in your best interest or not. The length of the session is the same for an in-person session, from 50 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the type of intervention needed.
Fees, Payments, and Insurance
The fee for each session (lasting usually 90 minutes or more) is 160.
(Many psychotherapists charge even more for a 45 minute session. To give you some idea of a comparison for therapy fees, a therapist who charges 150 for a 45 minute session would cost 300 for 90 minutes!)
If you are paying out of pocket and do not plan to use insurance, payment in full for services is due at the time services are provided and can be made with cash, check, or electronic transfer of funds from your bank.
If you're planning to use insurance to pay for sessions, you'll be asked to provide insurance information prior to your first session and your insurance company will be contacted to determine how much of the session fee will be covered. We will file any insurance claims for your sessions. Only your portion of the fee will be due at time services are provided and can be made with cash, check, or electronic transfer of funds from your bank. If you wish to know how much of the fee will be your responsibility, you may contact the insurance company prior to your session and request information. Suggested questions are below.
For Clients Outside the U.S.
Insurance will not likely reimburse people who live outside the US. We can approach this on a case-by-case basis.
Sliding Fee Scale - Restore the Soul has a Sliding Fee Scale for people who need it. Please contact us to see if you qualify.
Questions to Ask Your Insurance Company
You may want to know how much you'll be reimbursed by your insurance company prior to your first session. Insurance companies typically cover between 60-80%. HMO's, such as Kaiser, do NOT cover providers out of their in-house network. Here are a helpful list of questions to ask your insurance company:
"Do I have mental health coverage?"
"What is my deductible for mental health and has it been met?"
"Is there a limit to the number of sessions I can have in a year?"
"How much does my plan cover for a Licensed Professional Counselor who is out-of-network?"
"How much does my plan cover for a Licensed Professional Counselor who is out of state?" (If you live outside of Oregon)
"What is the amount covered per 50 minute session? Per 75 minute session?"
"Do I need to have a referral from any other source such as a primary physician?"
455 G Avenue
Lake Oswego OR 97034
By Appointment Only Please