Bonus Round in 2017

Change | Counseling |Massage| Telemedicine| Seattle

Oriental Sounds Yamaha Keyboard with notebender, foot pedal, and power chord, keyboard on a stand.
A new addition to the SDC counseling room. Music is pure emotion. If music is your “thing”, let me help you unleash the music in you. And read about our other upcoming changes to the SDC office in 2017.

The longer you live, the more trips around the sun. The more trips around the sun, the more opportunities for trying new things, taking risks, and entering what I am calling The Bonus Round.

In 2016, we certainly saw a long march of artists and entertainers give their final curtain calls. This is really no different than other years — death is a natural occurrence! — but what shocked me more is how relatively young age of some of those artists. George Michael was only 53; Carrie Fischer, a mere 60 years old.

So at the beginning of 2017, I’m seeking something not quite akin to New Year’s resolutions. It’s more like New Year’s shake ups, an announcement of doing things a bit differently in order to experience more.

Changes in the Seattle Direct Counseling Office 2017

Here are some changes that will directly effect the Seattle Direct Counseling community in 2017.

  1. Counseling fee. The  services fees  have increased by $5 to reflect an escalator fee increase on our office rental. We think we have an awesome building, location, reception room, counseling room, and restroom for our clients, and I know our clients feel the same way too.
  2. Allison’s practice moves to Bellevue WA.  Allie will continue to seek supervision towards licensure from me (Imei), and I’ll be popping in to see her new practice set up in Bellevue. This is a great move on her part, and I’m excited to see how her practice will grow.
  3. Melanie Farmer, Ayurvedic Astrologer and Massage Therapist sets up a “pop up” shop.  Fridays starting  February 3 2017 through the end of March 2017, Melanie will be bringing her healing practice to the SDC office from 9AM to 7pm, allowing clients access to her here in Pioneer Square. We have a month to get you more details, but you should book ahead now because everybody’s gonna be busting down our doors to get in line. I know this, because I have personally worked with Melanie in the past, have seen the lines myself, and I’ve been placed in her good hands for massage as well.  Check out Melanie’s website
  4. Imei office launches telemedicine counseling services.  While I have offered telemedicine counseling for some time now, it’s actually a fairly recent change that has allowed insurance companies to reimburse for telemedicine services. Starting with Regence, I have gotten the necessary permissions to accept insurance reimbursement for video telemedicine sessions, which should help both busy working professionals as well as remote-access clients across the state. All you need to do is be sure your insurance plan under Regence will reimburse the service; just call your insurance company and ask.

We hope that these changes help you get the care that you need, when you need, and in different modalities. If there is anything I learned in 2016, it was that putting my health first paid me back in so many ways, so that 2017 looks like a great year of “health is wealth.”

If there is any way I can help you put your health first when you come to our office, let me know about your questions, concerns, and interests, and we can work together to make that happen for you.

By Imei Hsu

Imei Hsu is a mental health counselor, active retired RN, AIP Coach and PN1-NC, writer, triathlete and arts promoter in the Seattle area and through online services. With 30+ years in healthcare (22+ years in mental health), Imei has a commitment to helping people discover insight into their health, relationships, and connecting. She is the owner of Seattle Direct Counseling and the blog, a presenter and speaker on a variety of psychological topics, and a positive force on the Internet. She launched her personal project, My Allergy Advocate, in 2018. Imei is a two-time Ironman Finisher (Mont-Tremblant 2016, Ironman Canada 2018); she also finished her first ultramarathon in 2017 and has gone on to race the 100K distance while preparing for 100 Mile trail races and a backyard ultra. You can find her running everywhere and eating all the thingz, watching movies, camping under the stars, and cooking real food.

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