Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need counseling?

Everyone can benefit from counseling! Typically people come to counseling after an unexpected life event, or when stress piles too high for us to cope. Other times, people will go to counseling simply to have someone to talk to. Unfortunately, there is still a stigma that going to counseling implies that you are "weak", "crazy", or that "something is wrong with you". However, I have found the exact opposite. In fact, it takes a strong person to acknowledge the need for help and to seek it out. Being vulnerable with another person once a week in order to heal, grow, and transform your life is one of the strongest things you can do.

What does the counseling process look like?

Counseling appointments usually occur once a week, at a regularly scheduled time. Sessions are typically 50 minutes in length, and family sessions can extend to 90 minutes in length. Usually, counseling services will end once treatment goals have been achieved. However, the length and number of counseling sessions needed depends on many factors, and can be structured to better meet your needs. During your first session you will complete intake paperwork similar to when you go to your doctor's office. After that, counseling will include addressing your concerns with your counselor in a warm and comfortable environment.

What is your fee? Do you take insurance?

My fee is $100 per 50 minute session, and $150 per 90 minute session. For college students my fee is $75 for 50 minutes. I also utilize a sliding scale based on financial hardship. Cash, Credit, or Check are accepted. Payment is due at the end of each session. Unfortunately, I do not accept insurance. However, I am happy to provide any necessary information for you to submit an out-of-network claim.

What is a LMFT?

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs) are mental health professionals trained in psychotherapy and family systems, and licensed to diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders within the context of marriage, couples and family systems. LMFTs have graduate training (a Master's or Doctoral degree) in marriage and family therapy and at least two years of clinical experience. Marriage and family therapists are recognized as a "core" mental health profession, along with psychiatry, psychology, social work and psychiatric nursing.

Are you the right therapist for me?

Finding a therapist who you connect with is extremely important. I want to ensure that I am the best therapist for you. That's why I offer a complimentary 15 minute phone consultation where you can get to know my style and personality before setting up an initial session. I also use the first couple of counseling sessions to build rapport and establish our therapeutic relationship. If you determine that I am not a good fit, I will work with you to find a therapist to better meet your needs. What is most important to me is that you get the help that you deserve.

Where are you located?

My office is located in the FJ Black Buisness Center on 541 East Tennessee Street. I am in Suite 106. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I am only providing teletherapy at this time.