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Mental Health

1. What are my Mental Health Benefits?

2. Is Hall Health Center (Tax ID # 91-1220843) covered by my plan?

3. Do I need a referral from my Primary Care Provider?

4. Do I have a deductible to satisfy?

5. Do I have a co-pay?

6. Are there a limited number of sessions per year on my plan?


We urge you to keep your scheduled appointments. If we do not receive at least 24 hours (for Monday appointments, call by Friday) advance notice, you will be charged a $40 fee. Insurance does not pay for missed appointments or late cancellations.

You may call your provider directly to cancel or reschedule or you may call the main Mental Health Clinic number: (206) 543-5030.


You will need the following information when contacting the Mental Health Clinic for an appointment:

  1. Name of insurance carrier
  2. Subscriber ID number (found on your insurance card)
  3. Group number (found on your insurance card)
  4. Telephone number, typically found on the back of your insurance card
  5. Your insurance carrier's address, from the back of your insurance card

Read more about insurance and billing.


There are times in our life when we need help making sense of issues or problems that make us feel overwhelmed. A trained mental health professional can offer a caring, non-judgmental support to help you explore, process and deal with your troubles.

Some of the issues that people seek help for include:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Depression
  • Hearing voices
  • Difficulty managing anger
  • Academic problems
  • Relationship difficulties including but not limited to domestic violence
  • Eating disorders
  • Job or school related stress
  • Adapting to a new environment
  • Bereavement
  • Sexual, physical or emotional abuse (past or present)
  • Coping with physical illness

It may be time to seek professional help when you:

  • Have trouble with your day-to-day activities
  • Feel depressed or sad most days
  • Feel like your anger is out of control
  • Cannot sleep at night on a regular basis
  • Find it increasingly difficult to get along with people
  • Cannot focus or concentrate and your schoolwork is suffering
  • Feel anxious most of the time or have panic attacks
  • Have intrusive thoughts you cannot get rid of
  • Hear voices
  • Entertain thoughts of hurting yourself or ending your life,
  • Have unexplained medical/physical problems that are bothering you
  • Have trouble making decisions

Crisis Intervention Specialist

Michaela Wehner, MAc, has worked in the field of crisis intervention, with a specialization in suicide prevention, since 1993. She earned her master's degree in acupuncture from Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2002, and has completed her certification as a yoga instructor (RYT ® Yoga Alliance, 200 hours). Integrating an understanding of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Yoga with training in mental health issues, Michaela offers a holistic and culturally sensitive approach to crisis intervention.  Michaela is a certified counselor in the state of Washington.


Mental Health Therapist

Ryli Webster is a licensed independent clinical social worker  with experience in individual, couples, group, and family therapy. She has worked around the country with people from various backgrounds, cultures, and age groups.

Education
Ryli received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Georgia State University. During her undergraduate studies, she was a college athlete and academically concentrated on sociology, gender and sexuality, while she completed research and practice internships in community psychology through the Youth Development Program. Ryli continued her studies at Boston University where she received a Master's degree in Social Work. She had clinical training and experience with specialty LGBTQ health centers in Boston, including Fenway Community Health and the Justice Resource Institute at the Sidney Borum Jr. Community Health Center and Boston GLASS (Gay and Lesbian Adolescent Social Services) Community Center. She served as a BU Fellow for a Suicide Education Enhancement Project dedicated to suicide prevention.

Ryli has worked in many settings, including private practice, community health centers, outpatient substance abuse treatment, and outreach and community programs. Her professional experiences also include certified HIV testing and counseling, family planning, and music therapy. Before joining the University of Washington, Ryli was a therapist in Counseling and Psychological Services at Cornell University in New York.

Her approach to therapy is client-centered and emphasizes a warm, empathic, non-judgmental, and collaborative environment. She uses theories to guide her practice, including psychodynamic, mindfulness, cognitive behavioral, family systems, motivational interviewing, and crisis intervention.

Ryli enjoys meeting with diverse students and working with a wide range of issues. She has professional interest in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning issues, including: sexuality, "coming-out", gender identity and transgender issues. She also has interests in multicultural issues, relationships, addictions, grief and loss, spirituality, creativity, performance arts and sports, stress management, anxiety, life transition, trauma, identity, and family of origin issues.
(Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker #LW60235992)


Mental Health Therapist
Treg Isaacson has been a licensed mental health counselor since 1990. He received his master’s degree in psychology in 1986 from Antioch University with a focus on Gestalt Therapy and treatment using art and drama. He has been a counselor in the community and has worked as a research therapist in the UW Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics

Scope Of Care
His therapeutic orientation focuses on acceptance of self and change of thought patterns and emotions.

Clinical Interests
His interests include work with anxiety, Buddhist psychotherapy.

Languages
English

 


Mental Health Therapist

Mr. Hidalgo, licensed mental health counselor, specializes in treating a full range of mental, emotional, and psychological problems, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress, relationship conflicts, and anger management.  Areas of expertise include parenting, child development, and cultural diversity

He graduated from Antioch University in Seattle.  After completing his master’s degree in clinical psychology he worked a number of years in community mental health agencies and in private practice before coming to Hall Health Mental Health Clinic.

He has provided behavioral and mental health services in medical settings for the past 17 years, and he has been a professional mental health therapist since 1981.


Patient care philosophy
It gives me great pleasure to help people see that beyond even their most severe agitation, confusion, helplessness, or despair they are innately healthy.  It is our innate health which enables us to recognize the agitation or unhappiness and to seek peace and happiness.  Also, no matter how confused, ill or lost we get, we all have moments of clarity.  That, too, is evidence of our innate health.

Our suffering comes from nothing more than losing sight of our true nature, (which is always obviously and immediately apparent, but gets overlooked in the same way we overlook the screen when we get caught up in the images on it).  I am here to help you see clearly, experientially, not intellectually, the innate health and well-being that shines at the heart of even the greatest distress.

Scope of care
Outpatient individual, couples, family and group mental health services for the full range of emotional and psychological problems related to human suffering.

Personal Interests

  • Parenting
  • Human development
  • Mental well-being and innate health
  • Addictions
  • Conflict resolution
  • Spirituality
  • Cultural diversity
  • Principles-Based Psychology
  • Interpersonal neurobiology
  • Non-violent communication
  • Unconscious communication
  • Nutrition and health
  • Alternative healing
  • Paranormal phenomena
  • Gardening
  • Remodeling and repair

Clinical Interests

  • Parenting
  • Human development
  • Mental well-being and innate health
  • Addictions
  • Conflict resolution
  • Spirituality
  • Cultural diversity
  • Principles-Based Psychology
  • Interpersonal neurobiology
  • Non-violent communication
  • Unconscious communication

Teaching Interests

  • Cultural diversity
  • Stress and anger management
  • Mental, emotional, spiritual well-being
  • Conflict resolution

Licensed Psychologist, Mental Health Therapist

Dr. Gerber received her M.S. in clinical psychology in 2007 and Psy.D. in 2010 from Long Island University in Brookville, NY.  Her most recent work has been providing individual and group psychotherapy as well as crisis intervention to undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students. She also has experience working with adolescents, families, and couples.  Her areas of interest include life transitions, identity formation, and use of mindfulness practices in coping with difficult life events. Dr. Gerber’s approach to psychotherapy is integrative, reflecting her training in dialectical behavior therapy, mindfulness meditation, and contemporary insight-oriented treatments.  She strives to meet individuals where they are and collaboratively establish meaningful therapeutic goals. In addition to working with individuals and couples, she also leads several beginning and intermediate meditation groups each quarter. (Licensed psychologist, license #PY60202043)


Psychiatrist
Dr. Christina Chavez has been a practicing psychiatrist since 1982. She is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. 

She also has maintained a private practice in Seattle since 1990. She provides consultation for placement on medication and also provides ongoing psychotherapy with an eclectic approach.


Patient Care Philosophy
She believes that the foundation of an excellent doctor-patient relationship is listening to the patient. She listens to her patient's concerns and presents the benefits and risks of any treatment offered.

Personal Interests
Spending time with her family and enjoying the outdoors.

Clinical Interests
Her particular interests are in women's issues regarding premenstrual and perimenopausal syndromes. She also has extensive experience with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Teaching Interests
She is involved with the training of psychiatric residents on an ongoing basis.

Languages
English, English, Spanish

Expertise
Psychiatry

 


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