Mental health is crucial to an individual’s overall health. Unfortunately, health insurance doesn’t always cover mental health services and, if it does, it either restricts access to care by limiting the number of covered visits or by slapping on excessive co-payments.
In response to the growing need of mental health services and in an effort to address the shortfalls of insurance coverage for mental health, Direct Primary Care offers cash-pay counseling services at rates that are 50% less than typical insurance-billed pricing!
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Jill Howard, MSW, LSWAIC, was born and raised in Southern California. After two of her three children reached adulthood, Jill decided to return to school to pursue a career in social work. She attended Brandman University to obtain a bachelor’s degree in social work with a primary focus of Gerontology and Hospice. For her graduate degree, Jill attended the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work at the University of Southern California and earned a master’s degree in social work with a concentration on Children, Youth, and Families, with secondary focus of clinical psychology. Jill is currently working towards licensure to become a Licensed Social Worker Independent Clinical and earning her doctorate degree through Liberty Universities Sociology Doctoral online program.
Jill spent the first six years of social work with traumatized youth involved in family court who were placed in residential care. To date this is still a demographic of social work most dear to her heart. Working with children and youth who have been abused, neglected, and abandonment changed her life forever and has inspired her to dedicate her profession to those impacted by trauma and abuse. Since moving to Washington in 2020, Jill’s practice has included Christian integrated therapies and approaches in line with Christian faith and values, as well as tailoring therapies which are not faith-based, utilizing modalities and theories based on Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.
The beauty of the Inland Northwest and Idaho panhandle has soothed any homesickness since leaving her home state of California. Jill enjoys spending time with family, being outdoors, learning new things, exercising, exploring and cooking.
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"Very affordable and very helpful. They are amazing at communicating with each patient to make sure you are taken care (of). Unlike most places you can tell they do truly care about each patient."