Online counselling

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

Therapy is an investment in yourself, your life, and your relationships.

We charge $200 per clinical hour (50 minutes) and we accept private payment or HSA. We unfortunately do not accept insurance. This is an intentional decision as it allows us to see fewer clients, develop a deeper therapeutic alliance, and prevent the burnout that is common with high volume practitioners.

In regard to therapeutic alliance, it's shown time and time again to be the biggest predictor of success. That alliance is made out of trust, understanding, safety, appropriate risk taking, and an x factor that we can really only describe as "clicking". Before you go further, the best thing you can do is to schedule a phone intro to see if you click with our therapist, Ted. If you do, we can make a plan for working together. If not, we are happy to refer you to someone who can help you.

Therapy services are available to Utah residents virtually or in person.

 

INDIVIDUAL THERAPY

Psychology Session

Therapy is a very specific type of conversation designed to create as much psychological safety as possible while at the same time, challenging the client to push into places of emotion that are difficult to be with. It's not venting about relationships or catching up on events from the week. It requires work on the client's part. As Dr. Strauss says in the show The Patient, "Therapy is not an exorcism". It's not something we can do to you. It's a process that you must be willing to take on with a great deal of trust in the person sitting across from you. And often, it hurts. We can't surgically remove your suffering and we certainly don't aim to "fix" anyone. But we can help you learn the skills to work with a variety of intellectual, emotional, and behavioral difficulties. 

We expect to see results in somewhere around 10 sessions. For some clients its shorter and for some it's longer. We unfortunately can't predict that. However, we are firm believers that you shouldn't be stuck in therapy forever simply because you aren't sure how to "break up" with your therapist. We will have intentional conversations about termination at least every three months about how things are going, whether you'd like to continue, and what changes need to be made to best serve you.

At this time we only work with adults who are 18+ and we do not work with clients who are "sent to therapy" by a parent or caregiver. Simply put, it won't work if the client isn't interested in change for their own reasons.

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy can help with:

  • Anxiety Disorders

  • Depression

  • Bi-Polar Disorder

  • Perfectionism

  • Shame

  • Feelings of Worthlessness

  • Life Transition

  • Attachment Difficulties

  • Grief/ Loss

  • Trauma

  • Co-Dependency

  • Substance Abuse*

  • Disordered Eating*

  • Sexual Disorders*

  • Breaking Family Patterns

  • Self-Sabotage

* We will evaluate on a client by client basis whether it is appropriate to treat these conditions in an outpatient setting.

 

THERAPEUTIC APPROACH

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It's important to understand that there are a LOT of different ways to do therapy. It can be really overwhelming to decide what method you want to use. We have chosen Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) because there's a pile of research that says working with ACT to build Psychological Flexibility is "the single most commonly proven skill of importance to your mental health and emotional well-being". 

We rely mainly on ACT but will pull from different approaches including Jungian, Transactional Analysis, Existential Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and regular old Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  Importantly, you should know that we're not psychoanalysts. That means we're not going to spend a lot of time talking about how your parents screwed you up. Of course, your experiences are valid and bad stuff happened to us as kids that play out when we're adults, but you're an adult now and the pain is right here. So that's where we'll work on it. Because right here is where you have control. 

Core Components of Psychological Flexibility:

  • Contact with the present moment

  • Self-As-Context

  • Cognitive Defusion

  • Acceptance

  • Values

  • Committed Action

 
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TED WINKWORTH, NCC, CMHC

For my therapy clients, I use the Acceptance & Commitment Therapy model. When you do this work you go on a treasure hunt for what's truly beautiful in your life and take committed action toward building more of it. When difficult emotions like anxiety or depression or grief come up, we don't work to cure them or solve them. Instead, we actually lean deeper into them. That might seem like the complete opposite of what you want, but there's a growing body of research that shows that accepting difficult emotions while taking committed action toward the life you want increases a thing called Psychological Flexibility which is a pretty key component of positive mental health. 

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A note about insurance:

We do not accept insurance payments and we'd like to be transparent about why we've made that choice.

Simply put, the world of insurance is built to make receiving mental health services difficult. Quite often, insurance companies would like clients to prove that they are "sick enough" to receive benefits. This puts undue pressure on mental health practitioners to assign a diagnosis and make a case for how incredibly non-functional our clients are. It also puts our clients in a position to have to jump through hoops to prove that their suffering is worthy of care. 

It's a system that undermines the goal of mental health therapy and it's one that we will not participate in as it is currently built. We start with the assumption that our clients are Creative, Resourceful, and Whole and we're sticking to that story across the board in our practice. 

We truly apologize for the financial burden this puts on our clients and are working on ways to provide therapy at a lower rate for clients who want to do the work and simply can't afford it. In the meantime, we are happy to accept HSA or FSA payments and provide you with a monthly "superbill" that you may submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. Depending on your insurance company and your plan, they may or may not pay but we're happy to help you with the process of submitting.​