What are your qualifications and what kind of therapy do you do?

I have a Master’s degree in Counseling (MC) and a Master’s degree in Leadership and Theology (MACL).  I am licensed by the state of Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners (AZBBHE) and certified by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). I am certified in Eye Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and am an Approved Consultant and Facilitator for both EMDRIA and HAP.  I am also certified in Sexual Addiction (CSAT) and Psychodrama (CP) and have advanced training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and Accelerated Experiential Dyadic Psychodtherapy (AEDP).  I may use one or several of these modalities to help you meet your goals by examining the connection between how you think, feel (emotionally and physically), behave, and interact with your surroundings or the people in your life. I also teach skills in mindfulness, cognitive restructuring, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. When working with couples, I am trained as an Emotionally Focused Therapist (EFT).  I work with groups and individuals using the action methods of Psychodrama. I provide counseling and consultation to adults, adolescents, couples, and groups.

Does therapy work?

Yes...consistently and powerfully. The majority of my clients make important changes during therapy that make them feel better, strengthen their relationships and produce positive outcomes in their lives. However, there are no guarantees that therapy will make you or your partner/family members feel better or resolve all of your problems, issues, or concerns. It's also important to note that the counseling process can open up levels of awareness that could be painful. You could feel upset, anxious, angry, and/or uncomfortable. You may have to face difficult decisions about people, places, or things in order to feel better. But the process of therapy can be incredibly healing.

There are many different methods which may be used to deal with the problems you hope to address. Psychotherapy is not like visiting a medical doctor. Instead, it calls for a very active effort on your part. In order for the therapy to be most successful, you will have to work on things we talk about both during our sessions and outside of our sessions. Our first few sessions will involve an evaluation of your needs. By the end of an evaluation period (this may be several sessions), I will offer you some first impressions of what our work will include and a treatment plan to follow if you decide to continue therapy.  One of my primary goals is to work myself out of a job.  I want all of my patients to feel confident that they have gained tools to help them live life more effectively.

What are your rates?

An initial intake session is 90 minutes long and will cost $235. Additional sessions are $160 per clinical hour. A therapy hour is between 50-55 minutes long; longer or shorter sessions will be billed in 15 minute increments. Other professional services (e.g. telephone sessions or coaching sessions lasting longer than 10 minutes, report writing, coordination with other professionals, preparation of records or treatment summaries) will be billed at $160 an hour in 15 minute increments.

I am not trained as an expert witness.  Should I ever be called upon for legal services (e.g. court appearances and associated travel time) my rate is $250 per hour. 

When do you work?

I typically work Monday-Friday from 11:00 am to 5 pm. On Tuesday and Wednesday evenings I will periodically extend my hours. I also extend my hours for established clients one weekend per month. When it is therapeutically needed, I will do Intensive work with one client, couple, or family for extended sessions or multiple days in a row.

Do you take insurance or credit cards?

You can pay for each session by cash, check, debit or credit card. I do NOT process or accept insurance but will provide you with a “Super Bill” that can be submitted to your insurance company for reimbursement. Payment is expected at the time of service. I keep a credit card on file for all clients. 

What should I do if I have an emotional crisis?

Call the county-wide Crisis Line at 602/222-9444 or the Empact Crisis Line at 480/784-1500. In the event of a medical emergency, call 911 or to go to the closest emergency room. Neither my voice mail nor my email is a crisis line.

How do I make or cancel an appointment?

You can make an appointment by calling my voice mail 480/236-6682 or by sending me an email at soozi@soozibolte.com.  If you are a new client, give me a brief description of the issue you're wanting to work on, how you found me, and the best time to reach you.  I will return your call as soon as possible. 

If you want to cancel an appointment, call my voice mail at least 24 hours before the scheduled appointment (480/236-6682) and leave a message. Appointments cancelled less than 24 hours in advance will be charged a full session fee. Do not send an email or text to cancel an appointment. 

What guarantees do I have that other people won't access my private information?

Your medical record will be kept confidential, and that confidentiality includes all aspects of the topics discussed within the therapeutic setting. However, by law, there are limitations to confidentiality in cases when one or more of the following occur:

  • Intent to commit suicide
  • Intent to commit homicide
  • Any other act or intention to act in a way that may be a danger to self or others
  • Information regarding child or elder abuse/neglect that mental health providers are mandated by law to report
  • A court subpoena for records
  • Information regarding unprofessional conduct by another behavioral health professional
  • If I need to inform an identified third party of risk of contagious/fatal disease or potential harm.

The law protects the privacy of all communications between a patient and a psychotherapist. In most situations, we can only release information about your treatment to others if you sign a written Authorization form that meets certain legal requirements imposed by HIPAA. There are other situations that require only that you provide written, advance consent.  Additional information about your rights as a patient and my policies regarding your privacy are available under the Privacy Policy tab on this website.

Can I send you emails?

You may contact me by email (soozi@soozibolte.com) regarding non-urgent scheduling issues and with general information that does not require a response. I will read the email but can’t guarantee that I will respond to it.  Be aware that the confidentiality of any email communication cannot be guaranteed. Do not use email for emergency contact or cancellations.