Over the last couple of months, some new directions have been made within this practice. First and foremost, is the change from operating the practice in University Place as its primary location, to the city of Tacoma. This change is perhaps the biggest for the practice, as it will allow a greater opportunity for prospective clients to connect with it for services. The new address, which is at a co-working styled business, will allow for various seating accommodations (both inside and outside), as well as flexibility of space usage. The practical nature of this approach also brings the location of the practice closer to I-5, as it is in downtown Tacoma, making it easier for clients outside of Tacoma to arrive for their appointments.
This practice recognizes that not all clients can schedule sessions during normal business hours. After hour sessions are now offered for an additional nominal fee. Typically, the practice office hours to date are 9AM-6PM M-F. Clients desiring services outside of these hours or on holidays, may be seen for an additional fee that will be added to their regular rate. Weekend appointments are not available. Please check the Service Fees page on the practice website for specific details. This after hours service is only available to private pay clients.
The practice has also changed the HIPPA compliant online Electronic Health Record (EHR) program it uses to provide clinical care to clients. For the better part of a year and a half, the practice had used an EHR that was free but was designed primarily for medical services. Recently, this same EHR service was bought out by another major company, and is converting the free record keeping software to a paid service in June 2018. However, the monthly fee for that service will fall outside the cost effectiveness approach of Life Path Counseling PLLC. A recent switch to a more economical online service (another EHR), allows a more specifically tailored approach to mental health with clients, while keeping the overhead costs of the practice low. This in turn benefits the clients and this practice more effectively, while allowing base rates to remain the same as they have been since the start of the practice in 2016. It is hoped that the transition to this new EHR platform will be easier for future clients to use when scheduling appointments, and more effective in tracking clinical records and rendered services.
What's next for Life Path Counseling? There are ideas of starting small counseling groups on topics such as depression or anxiety; collaborating more directly with other agencies for referral and program partnerships of social based services; as well as expansion into more video conferencing services for people with mobility issues. As these ideas are explored, implementation will be made to better provide services to clients in Tacoma and the surrounding communities.
As a private practice in the Tacoma area, the commitment to quality counseling services remains the central focus guiding the work of caring for clients, aspiring to perfect the ideals and aspirations contained in the mission statement and philosophy of practice outlined on this website. It is hoped that if you choose Life Path Counseling for your needs, that you will experience the support and acceptance strived for in helping clients get better at living life. The services provided are reviewed regularly for effectiveness and compliance with evidence-based practices. That said, counseling services can be developed that meet your needs and create a positive experience that lead to your goals.
Shawn Thomas Berthel M.S., is the owner of Life Path Counseling PLLC, and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. He lives in University Place, Washington.