Dana R. Falk, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist

Experienced psychotherapy for adults

Clinical supervision of mental health providers  

 
 

  1. Welcome
    to my therapy practice. I offer brief and long-term treatment for mid-life adults, generally in their mid-30s to mid-60s.

    I encourage you to investigate; to find someone who “gets you” and who is skilled, not just credentialed. It’s too important a decision to limit yourself to the names on your insurance list or in your neighborhood.
    Finding the right match is vital to how effective your therapy will be. People often comment that a prior therapist was a kind listener, but not much beyond that. My preference would be that we roll up our sleeves and get at deeper issues, so they won’t keep recurring in your life. Therapy is very satisfying and can actually be fun, but it’s work and it’s a collaboration.

  2. Background. I’m a Counseling Psychologist. This clinical specialty is about working with patients who have complex issues but not severe mental illness. My training focused upon developing expertise in psychotherapy - particularly with normal people who have complicated issues - and on scientific research of psychotherapy processes. Research I’ve published has been on laughter in therapy, divorce, anxiety treatment and dreams. 

    I also have experience supervising the clinical skills of mental health professionals working toward state licensure. Having directed a university training program, I truly enjoy helping therapists to appreciate and build upon their clinical strengths as well as to refine developing areas.

    I specialize in working with middle-aged adults during life transitions. Other common therapy issues include low mood (irritability, apathy, over-sensitivity, immobility); anxiety (perfectionism, loss of perspective, obsessiveness, difficulty enjoying life, sleep issues); relationship patterns, decisions, beginnings and endings; family dynamics and caring for aging parents; desire to change a compulsive behavior such as eating, spending or over-working; life traumas such as career loss or change, health conditions, disappointments; grief and pet loss; coming out/

    Distinctive features

    Mid-life adult transitions
    Strong professional preparation

    Free initial phone consultation

    Private waiting area

    Treatment cost never increases

    Sympathetic French Bulldog
     
    GLBTQ issues; body image; shyness and social skills.
    Of course, this is not an exhaustive list of the themes we might work on.

  3. If you need help with something I think someone else could better provide, I won’t be shy about admitting this and referring you on. Examples of what I can best help with are on my Specialties page. I generally refer clients to other professionals for their superior experience with bipolar disorder, anorexia nervosa, AD/HD, borderline or emotional dysregulation issues and with serious substance abuse.

    Treatment approach. In session, expect to bring some gritty emotional honesty, a sharp mind for the patterns in your life, and your sense of humor. You’ll be struck by how concretely useful psychotherapy can be, despite the fact that it feels like a conversation.

    My treatment approach combines psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and interpersonal therapies. This practice of matching the treatment to the each client’s symptoms and personality is called
    integrative psychotherapy.

    Sessions are collaborative, characterized by a balance of understanding of your distress, insight about relational patterns, and uncovering thought or behavior patterns that sabotage you. Most of us have a tendency to either over-rely on contemplating things (and have trouble taking action) or leap to taking action when upset (and have trouble with insight.) I’d hope to help you understand root causes of issues and make lasting changes. To accomplish this, we’ll examine your past, present and future. (Don‘t be lulled into thinking the best way to make current changes is to focus only on the present.) 

    In the office with us most days is the calming presence of a
    therapy dog. Babette is a French Bulldog who may join you on the couch or may curl up on her bed with a good antler to chew. If you’re not a dog person, Babette could be in a different room from us, but she would always be nearby.

    Treatment cost.  We can work together in therapy with or without insurance involved. I’m an “in-network provider” with Premera Blue Cross.
    This is the only insurance network I’m partnered with. If I am an in-network provider for you, I would file insurance claims on your behalf. After your deductible is satisfied, you’d be responsible for just a small co-pay (usually $10-$35.) If I’m out-of-network for you or you aren’t using insurance, you’d pay the real session cost when we meet (usually $140-$180.) I would provide you a special receipt, which you’d submit for reimbursement to insurance or your health/flex spending account. Much more on how this works on my Treatment Cost page.

    My clients “lock in” whatever the treatment cost was when we began therapy. If we do therapy continuously, your expenses would not increase over time, no matter how long we work together.


  4. How therapy works. No one ever really teaches us how to find a therapist! You may know that you could benefit from it, but not how to approach your research. You’re welcome to listen to a radio interview on KUOW-FM in which I discuss what happens in a first session. There’s also talk of approaches to therapy and the contributions of various mental health professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, social workers, nurse practitioners.)


  5. Making an appointment. The first session is special, because I’ll ask you to tell your story and describe your background, but also because we’ll both be assessing if we should work together. If we do, sessions are usually every week or every-other week. Your treatment is strictly confidential.

  6. To arrange a first appointment, email me (preferred) or call and we’ll have a phone consultation before deciding whether to meet.






 

Dana R. Falk, Ph.D.
2203 Thorndyke Ave W.                                        
Seattle, Washington  98199      
                                            
(206) 926-3866




E-mail inquiries preferred

danafalk@icloud.com