Is therapy right for me?
Therapy is for everyone. People seek therapy for various reasons, including: a crisis, major life changes, difficulty in relationships, personal growth, etc.
How is therapy different that talking to my best friend or family?
A mental health professional can guide you in approaching your situation in a different way. In therapy you will learn new skills, gain different perspectives, and feel heard without judgment or bias, and help you listen to yourself. Therapy is completely confidential and therapists are legally required to keep your personal information private.
However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to relinquish confidentiality in the following situations:
- If there is suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders therapists are mandated by law to inform 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 threaten to harm another person.
How long will I need to be in therapy?
Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do on my end?
Therapy is a collaborative relationship between the client and therapist. As the client, your active participation and commitment will be crucial to your success in therapy. Consider therapy as an investment that will lead to you becoming your best self. I am proud of you for putting your wellness first!
Where do sessions take place?
We currently are not accepting in person clients. Virtual sessions are available.
Telehealth sessions (only for Alabama residents): Conducted through Simple Practice, a secure, HIPAA-compliant video link provided per session that can be accessed via computer, tablet, or phone.
Can I do virtual sessions from my car?
If you are driving or if you are in the car with other individuals, you will be asked to reschedule your session due to safety and confidentiality. If you choose to sit in your car for session and the vehicle is parked, your session will not be rescheduled.
Can I use my insurance?
I am out-of-network and do not bill insurance. However, you may contact your insurance provider to see if they cover out-of-network services. I am happy to provide you with a monthly super-bill if needed.
Do you work with kids, teens, or couples?
Yes. I currently work with kids (age 7 and up), adolescents, teens, adults, and families. I do not see couples but can provide referrals to trusted colleagues who specialize in working with couples.
Are we a good fit?
That is a question that only you can answer! I work really well for some people, and not so well for others.
As a therapist, it is important to me that you to feel safe enough to explore painful areas of your life and it's my job to create such a space for you. Your experiences deserve the utmost of care.
Trust your intuition, and ask a lot of questions. After a few sessions, if you feel like I "get" you, that's a good sign.
If it feels like we're not connecting (for whatever reason), that's okay - I will not take it personally! Please let me know, and I will point you towards other clinicians who may better serve you.
What happens during the first counseling session?
The main purpose of the first session is for me to get to know you as well as gain helpful background information.
We will complete an intake evaluation and informed consent during the first session. Assessments may be sent to you to complete via your client portal before you arrive for your first session.
The following questions are examples of some things we may also discuss:
"What brings you to therapy at THIS time in your life?
What are the most concerning issues you have?
How would you like for your life/relationships to be different?
Do you provide letters for emotional support animals (ESA)?
Helping clients get ESA animals is outside of my scope of practice.
Are you implementing COVID-19 protocols?
Yes, masks are required for all clients attending sessions in the office. Masks must be worn throughout time your time in the building. Office is cleaned and sanitized after each session. (In person sessions are currently unavailable)
No Surprises Act Notice:
The "No Surprises Act" protects consumers from unexpected medical bills. If you are choosing to use services as private pay or out-of-network, you have a right to receive a Good Faith Estimate that clearly outlines expected costs before your first session.