Staff Biography: Ginny Kreeft
My passion is helping people in troubling life circumstances and in troubled relationships. My goal in working with you is to help you uncover or recover the uniquely beautiful person you are, both individually and in relationships. I believe every aspect of your life is important – emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. Let me help you!
The Boring But Important Stuff
I am an individual psychotherapist and relationship therapist. I hold a MSW (Master of Social Work) from the University of Denver, Denver, CO and am licensed in the states of Colorado and Arizona as a clinical social worker (LCSW). Post-graduate work resulted in certification in marriage and family therapy from the Denver Family Institute (CMFT). Heart centered Hypnotherapy training is ongoing from The Wellness Institute, Issaquah, WA and is very effective for treating many problems, particularly trauma and abuse. I have received training in Gottman Couples Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) for trauma. My BA (Bachelor of Arts) degree in sociology is from Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI.
My experience as a therapist is in private practice, as a Military and Family Life Counselor (MFLC) to servicemen and women and their families, as well as counseling experience in hospital settings (outpatient and inpatient), churches, para-church organizations, and community mental health.
Two Office Locations and In Home Option
422 E. Vermijo Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Returning to Denver, CO soon. Call 303-803-3127 to make arrangements for an appointment in Denver.
I will provide in home therapy if it is significantly difficult or impossible getting to one of my office locations. The fee for this service is slightly higher. Please contact me for specific details.
Employee Assistance Programs
I have contracts with a few EAPs companies to provide a limited number of therapy sessions. Check with your employer to see if your company or organization offers this benefit to you. The EAP companies I have contracted with are:
ESI-Employee Assistance Group
Insurance (and the problem with it)
Insurance companies require a diagnosis dictated by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders known as the DSM-IV-R (or the newly released DSM-V) that becomes part of your permanent medical record. Unfortunately, this can affect you down the road in life, ie, you could be denied life insurance. Frequently, the problems people have are not illnesses but arise from situations, life transitions, life styles, trauma, early life experiences, or learned patterns of coping. These problems do not fit the medical model insurance companies use.
Insurance will pay for only a certain number of sessions. Often circumstances require more sessions to reach resolution than is allowed by your coverage. Insurance companies also often require a certain process to be used, e.g. brief solution focused therapy (which is in the interest of the insurance company since they have dictated the number of sessions they will pay for). Brief solution focused therapy is a good model for some situations but certainly not the best approach for all. This process should be determined by the therapist who is in a much better position to choose the best treatment approach for his or her client’s problems. If you use your insurance for payment and you need more sessions to complete your therapy, you will either have to quit – with your therapy unfinished – or pay out of pocket.
I always provide you with a receipt. You can choose to submit it to your insurance company if they accept out of network providers or, of course, you may choose to use your health savings plan. (And you may use it for a tax deduction).
Having said that, although I prefer not to accept insurance for the reasons already stated, I will accept Mines and Associates PPO. Ultimately, you then have the choice whether to use your insurance or self-pay.
In the end, self pay means no reporting to insurance companies which is to your advantage.