Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS PSYCHOTHERAPY?
Psychotherapy is a general term that is used to describe the process of treating psychological disorders and mental distress by the use of verbal and psychological techniques. During this process, a trained psychotherapist helps the client tackle specific or general problems such as a particular mental illness or a source of life stress. Depending on the approach used by the psychotherapist, a wide range of techniques and strategies can be used. However, almost all types of psychotherapy involve developing a therapeutic relationship, communicating and creating a dialogue, and working to overcome problematic thoughts or behaviors.
WHAT DO YOU SPECIALIZE IN?
Stress Management• Depression • Grief and Loss •Anger Management • Anxiety / Panic Disorder • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder • Relationships • Parenting • Co-dependency • Communication Skills • Stress Management • Social Skills Training • Child / Adult Abuse Issues • Women’s issues/ infertility/ postnatal • LGBTQ Friendly
HOW LONG DOES EACH SESSION TAKE?
If you’re going for individual psychotherapy, then your session will last approximately 50-55 minutes. This 50-55 minute session is referred to as a “therapeutic hour.”
WHAT HAPPENS DURING OUR FIRST SESSION TOGETHER?
During our initial assessment, the evaluation goes both ways. We will clarify expectations — both yours and mine. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions about my practice, to find out if you’re comfortable working with me, and I will assess your needs and my tool sets. If we just don’t mesh, I can definitely refer you to another mental health provider. Once working together, you can count on me to be open-minded, non-judgmental, and sincerely interested in sharing my knowledge and experience and offering tools to help you on your path. And I’ll count on you to be honest with yourself, to bring your curiosity and commitment, and to show up for your appointments.
CAN THERAPY REALLY HELP ME?
Yes. Let me say that again. YES. But like anything, you only get out of it what you put into it. If you’re reading this, my guess is that you already realize that your way of doing things isn’t working anymore. We will work together to tackle unhealthy habits and ways of thinking and replace them with improved coping skills and a more healthy mindset.
HOW LONG UNTIL I FEEL BETTER?
Reaching out for the first time — or the tenth time — is an enormous relief in and of itself. And while I can’t tell you that you’ll feel better in 3 weeks or 3 months as progress depends on your involvement in the process, I can tell you that if you are open to doing the work, you will be 100% supported along the way and will make improvement towards your ideal self.
ARE YOU LICENSED?
Yes, I hold my LCSW in Tennessee and Georgia and my LISW-CP (equivalent) in SC. My NPI is 1134732696.
DO YOU SEE PATIENTS VIRTUALLY?
Yes! I use HIPAA compliant Zoom for online video sessions. If you do not have access to a computer/internet for zoom, or simply prefer phone, we can schedule sessions via phone. I am currently only seeing clients in a teletherapy capacity.
IS EVERYTHING I SAY CONFIDENTIAL?
Absolutely. I am required by law to keep our conversations confidential and abide by HIPAA practices.. However, as a mandated reporter, I am also required by law to report any harm being done to you, or by you to someone else.
DO YOU WORK WITH ADDICTIONS?
We are all addicted to something — coffee, shopping, adrenaline, drugs, social media, etc. Sometimes these addictions are more harmful than others, and yes, I can work with you on yours. If you have a long and current history of substance abuse, depending on the case, I may refer you to another therapist that specializes in more specific treatment.