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. My dog (looking quite zen in the photo) would be in sessions with us. I encourage you to investigate; to find someo
    ne who gets you; who is skilled and not simply credentialed. It’s too important a decision to limit yourself to the names on your insurance list or in your zip code. This match is vital to how effective therapy can be.

    People often remark that a prior therapist was a very kind listener, but not much more. My hope is that we’d roll up our sleeves together and get at deeper issues, so they won’t keep recurring in your life. Therapy is very satisfying and can actually be rather fun, but it’s definitely 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 was about developing expertise in psychotherapy with normal people who have complicated issues. We conducted scientific research on how therapy works, and I’ve published research on laughter in therapy, divorce adjustment, anxiety treatment and dreams, but I much prefer working with patients. I’ve enjoyed teaching grad students to do therapy and supervising mental health professionals on their clinical skills, but again, my true love is helping patients create change and cope in life with resilience and good humor.

    I specialize in working with middle-aged adults during life transitions.
    Common therapy issues include low mood (irritability, apathy, over-sensitivity, lethargy, avoidance); anxiety (
    obsessiveness, perfectionism, loss of perspective, difficulty enjoying life, sleep issues); relationship patterns, decisions, beginnings and endings; family dynamics and caring for aging parents; desire to alter a compulsive behavior such as over-eating or over-working; life events like job trauma, health conditions, miscarriage; grief
    and pet loss; coming out/GLBTQ issues; body image; shyness and social skills, fears.  


    Distinctive features

    Beautiful townhome office with a view
    Private waiting area
    Free initial phone consultation

    Mid-life adulthood specialty
    Strong professional preparation

    Treatment cost never increases

    Sympathetic French Bulldog

     

    This is not an exhaustive list of the themes we might work on together, of course.

    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’m especially good at appear on my
    Specialties page. On the other hand, I generally refer people to other providers when they need help with bipolar disorder, anorexia nervosa, AD/HD, emotional dysregulation or chemical dependency issues. This is simply because other professionals have expertise superior to my own at helping with these conditions and patients deserve the best possible care.

    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. The practice of matching the treatment to the each client’s symptoms,  personality and desires on a particular day 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 help patients understand root causes 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! The past is completely relevant to understanding your present and planning for your future.) 

    In the office most days is the calming presence of a
    therapy dog. Babette is a shy French Bulldog who may join you on the couch or curl up on her bed with a good antler to chew. If you’re not a dog person, Babette can be kept off the couch, but bear in mind that she’d always be in session with us.

    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 won’t use insurance, you’d pay the real session cost when we meet ($180) and I would provide you a special receipt that 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.

  3. 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 discussion of the theoretical approaches to psychotherapy and the diverse mental health professionals who can provide treatment: psychologists, psychiatrists, mental health counselors, social workers and nurse practitioners.


  4. 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.

  5. 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, WA  98199
(206) 926-3866



E-mail inquiries preferred:
danafalk@icloud.com