Frequently Asked Questions
Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist's office. I will provide a written copy of my confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent”. Sometimes, however, you may want me to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, Naturopath, Attorney), but by law I cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.
However, state law and professional ethics require me to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:
* Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
* If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threated to harm another person.
Do you take insurance, and how does that work?
To determine if you have mental health coverage through your insurance carrier, the first thing you should do is call them. Check your coverage carefully and make sure you understand their answers. Some helpful questions you can ask them:
What are my mental health benefits?
What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
Is approval required from my primary care physician?
While I do not file insurance claims, I do provide a Superbill. Attach your Superbill to your claim form and immediately send it to your insurance carrier.
What about medication vs. psychotherapy?
It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, you and I will address the cause of your distress and the behavior patterns that limit your progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what's best for you, and in some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action.
What are my credentials and educational background?
Masters of Science in Community Counseling, Mercer University, 2008
Masters of Divinity in Family Ministry, Southern Seminary, 1986
Bachelors of Science in Marketing, Shorter College, 1982
License, Certifications & Awards
LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor, State of Georgia, License#LPC005811 2009-present
Distance Counseling Certification
Professional Activities and Memberships
Licensed Professional Counselors of Georgia
American Association of Christian Counselors
Society for the Integration of Spirituality and Psychology
The standard hourly rate is $175 for individual therapy and $198 for couples therapy. Therapy sessions run 50 minutes. 90 minute sessions are available upon request. Because I have a commitment to individuals and families getting the help they need, I'm able to offer some flexibility in my fees, depending on your income and the availability of scholarship funds to help cover the costs. I also may be able to offer a simple, no-interest payment plan when helpful. Cash, check, and major credit cards accepted.
Unlike a standard doctors' office where many patients are seen within an hour and appointments can be overbooked to handle cancellations, the appointment you schedule reserves my entire time exclusively for you. If you cannot keep your scheduled appointment, you will need to notify me in advance or pay for the time that was reserved for you. However, if you cannot provide sufficient advance notice, please still let me know.