Why do people attend therapy sessions?
People see a therapist for a wide range of reasons, including but not limited to stress management to a specific diagnosis. Sometimes an event occurs that causes an individual to seek out help, while for others, they may attend therapy because it provides a trained, objective person to help them work through some issues they may have been struggling with for years. Counseling can be beneficial because a client may feel a sense of control in their life and have the tools to make better decisions or changes.
How will I know if you are the right therapist for me?
The only way to know for sure is to come in for a session. Most people have a good sense of whether I am the right professional to help them within the first two sessions. However, I have tried to provide you with information on this website.
What does the first session look like?
The initial session is the time for you to start to share your story, talk about your goals and what you would like to change. Another critical aspect of the first session is deciding if we are a good fit. Do I seem like someone you can trust? We are establishing a relationship that will become the foundation for working together. You will begin to figure out some goals; We will start to figure out how to help you get there.
It's vital to have a positive working relationship with your therapist, so it's recommended that you and therapist meet 2-3 times before deciding whether or not the relationship will continue. The therapist will provide you with referrals from specialists or trusted colleagues if they feel someone else might work with the client.
What can I expect from therapy?
Once you have decided to see a therapist, you still might be apprehensive about the process. Many people feel nervous before their first appointment. Therapy is a shared journey, a shared process. And, although you and I will travel together, it is ultimately your journey, and you will make your own decisions. We do not have answers to all your concerns, but we can listen carefully and ask thoughtful questions. Your answers to these questions will help shape the direction of our work. You can expect to be respected. You can expect that we will offer opinions and suggestions from time to time, but we will not tell you what to do.
How long do appointments last?
Therapy sessions are typically 45-0 minutes, while corporate training runs longer per session. Clients usually meet on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, depending on the client's needs. Length of time while in therapy will depend on the your individual circumstance. You and the therapist will determine that together.
How often will we meet?
To begin, we will meet once a week. I find it's essential to gain some momentum in the beginning by meeting weekly, or progress can stall out. Once some or all of your goals are met, meeting less often will make sense.
Do you accept insurance?
If you are a client in Georgia or Texas, you can use your insurance to cover your session. Must be one of the approved providers listed.
- Christus HealthPlan
- UHC UnitedHealthcare UBH United Behavioral Health
- Out of Network
What is your cancellation policy?
I require 24 hours notice of cancellation or you will need to pay for the appointment. An occasional exception may be made in the case of an emergency. It's important that we meet consistently in order to make progress.
What theoretical approach do you use?
I pull from a variety of theories and techniques. I find Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Positive Psychology, Motivational Interviewing, Client-Centered Therapy, and Mindfulness techniques are often helpful for my clients.
Do you prescribe medication?
No, I am not a medical doctor. Many of my patients find medication is helpful, but many of them also progress well in therapy without medication. If you want to be evaluated for psychiatric medication, contact your primary care physician or a psychiatrist. If you are already taking medication, I can coordinate care with your doctor.
What are your hours?
- Monday - Thursday 9 am - 7 pm
- Friday - Sunday: CLOSED