Dr. Tyson Bailey's approach to therapy focuses on helping individuals return to a life that is effective, meaningful, and balanced. This is accomplished by creating a collaborative relationship, and gaining a better understanding of how problems have interfered with a client's ability to control important parts of his or her life. He helps clients explore how social, cultural, and political labels shape their behavior, as well as beliefs about their ability to solve their own problems. It can also be helpful to discuss how past relationships and family interactions are currently affecting one's life. Dr. Bailey's approach also addresses the connection between mental health and the physical body. He uses methods from a variety of therapeutic theories including Narrative Therapy, Solution-Oriented Approaches, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, which are chosen based on mutually agreed upon treatment goals.
Dr. Bailey firmly believes that the most effective and lasting solutions are reached by fostering healthy relationships. He feels it is important to explore a client's thoughts and experiences, their personal understanding of mental health, and solutions that have worked in the past. His clients have shown him that each of these is an important element of building a more effective and healthy life. He understands that it can be difficult to begin the therapeutic process, and is willing to discuss any hesitations that may arise.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy
In addition to other therapeutic techniques, Dr. Bailey utilizes EMDR, which is an integrative treatment approach that can help reduce the negative effects of life stressors on the body and mind. It is effective with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as well as other emotional disturbances that interrupt the mind's natural healing process.
When life stressors are significant enough to interrupt this process, the sights, sounds, feelings, and physical sensations can become stored in an incomplete or dysfunctional way. When memories are not stored properly, our body and mind may not understand the event was in the past and is now over. This can lead to experiencing aspects of the event repeatedly, which can interfere with an individual's ability to live a full life. As the memories become processed, the adaptive information becomes available and can be appropriately stored. In addition, the thoughts, feelings, and sensations that are no longer useful are discarded. This process can free up space within the memory networks, increasing the individual's ability to develop more effective coping strategies.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Dr. Bailey currently has openings in his Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills groups, which focus on helping individuals learn new skills in the following areas: mindfulness, regulating emotions, maintaining relationships, and tolerating distress situations. These weekly groups provide an opportunity to learn more effective ways of handling stressful situations, which he believes nearly everyone can benefit from. He is committed to providing these services to any client who is interested, and does not require the client meet any specific diagnostic criteria in order to participate in the group. Please contact him if you would like to further discuss this valuable learning opportunity.
Martial Arts and Therapy
Dr. Bailey's experience in the martial arts provides the foundation for many of his current clinical interests. He began training in 1997 and has served as an instructor for over a decade. In addition, his dissertation research, focused on trauma survivors in the martial arts, found that individuals often noticed connections between their martial arts practice and an willingness to engage in the healing process. Through these experiences, Dr. Bailey has learned about the connection between physical and mental health, especially how traumatic memories and other negative life events can become stored in the body. He has learned how the healing power of movement and human connection can provide a foundation for a more effective and satisfying life.
Insurance, Fees, and Cancellation Policy
Dr. Bailey can bill many insurance companies directly for his services, including Premera Blue Cross, Lifewise, Regence, and First Choice Health. However, you should check with your insurance company regarding what your benefits are for outpatient psychotherapy, including deductible, number of sessions per year, and whether or not the benefit is managed by the insurance company. If you have a managed benefit for outpatient mental health, you must obtain an authorization prior to seeing me.
Dr. Bailey's current fee for a 50-minute psychotherapy session is $160. Appointments that are not canceled with at least 24 hours notice will be charged full fee for that session.
Documents to Download For Your First Psychotherapy Appointment
Please download and complete the following documents before your first appointment with Dr. Bailey. These forms will provide him with basic information needed to engage in the treatment process, and allow for more time to discuss the information important to you in the first session. If you would prefer that he provide the forms for you to complete at the office, please arrive 30 minutes early and let Dr. Bailey know so he can have them prepared.