I have worked in multiple mental health systems for over 25 years including public & therapeutic schools, wilderness therapy programs, group homes, in-patient psychiatry, partial hospitalization, adventure-teams courses, out-patient community mental health, and residential treatment facilities, which have given me keen insight into the treatment and services most appropriate for each individual.
What can I expect at the first visit?
- I will explain what brings most people to therapy and what your confidentiality and privacy rights are. I also explain what the limits of confidentiality are.
- I use the initial session to do an intake. This is a series of questions that allows me to get to know who you are including: who you live with and your family background, medical issues and medications you may be taking, your education and work background, your relationship history, who are the people in your life that are most helpful to you, a brief drug and alcohol history as it relates to your symptoms, any past mental health issues or family history of mental health issues, what your strengths and talents are and why you have decided to try therapy.
- Then I ask what are the goals, topics or issues that you would like to address if you feel I can help you with them.
- I will discuss with you how we might approach or go about addressing your concerns.
- I believe in listening to my clients and how they feel they want to drive their own treatment.
How long will I be in therapy?
- Everyone’s situation and length of treatment is different.
- It will depend on when you feel that you have achieved the goals you set out to address.
- Sometimes the longer you have been struggling with an issue or problem suggests that treating that issue or problem will take longer to resolve.
- It is also possible that you think you are coming to therapy for a specific issue and find that you uncover other issues that you may feel the need to address as well.
- Some people know they need to be in therapy but are not sure what they need to work on or what issue to address. This is common and becomes the focus of the therapy. Sometimes identifying the problem is the first step or narrowing down what the focus of the therapy should be.
How often will I come to therapy sessions?
- This usually depends on your circumstances or the severity of your issues.
- Most people begin seeing me on a weekly basis or every other week basis. As problems and issues become more resolved or you gain more and more relief from your symptoms or problems therapy can become less frequent.
- Your insurance benefits or financial status may affect the frequency of the sessions and is a realistic consideration that we can work out together.
What kind of therapy do you do?
- I try to tailor the right approach and type of therapy to use to fit each individual. I may use a combination of therapy approaches to meet your treatment needs.
- I often use CBT, which is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. It involves how we think about the problems in our lives and how I can help you think in a different and maybe more structured way to correct your thinking and get better outcomes and solutions to your problems. CBT also involves recognizing negative patterns in your thinking and behavior and gives you more productive strategies to reverse these negative patterns and ways of thinking.
- I may use Reality Therapy, which works to help people reconnect and create a connection between people. It focuses on the present and to avoid discussing symptoms and complaints as a way to deal with unsatisfying relationships. It helps people to focus directly on what they can do directly to change their situation or problem and not spending time on what they think they cannot do. It helps people to change their acting and thinking. There is a focus on being patient and supportive but keep focusing on the source of the problem - the disconnectedness.
- I also may use Solution Focused Therapy which, places focus on a person’s present and future circumstances and goals rather than past experiences. In this goal-oriented therapy, the symptoms or issues bringing a person to therapy are typically not targeted. Instead, the therapist encourages the client to develop a vision of the future and offers support as they determine the skills, resources, and abilities needed to achieve that vision successfully.
- I have been trained in using a Psychodynamic Approach. In Psychodynamic Therapy, the therapist helps people review emotions, thoughts, early-life experiences, and beliefs to gain insight into their lives and their present-day problems and to evaluate the patterns they have developed over time. Recognizing recurring patterns helps people see the ways in which they avoid distress or develop defense mechanisms as a method of coping so that they can take steps to change those patterns.
Do you take insurance?
I accept many insurance plans. Typically, your insurance will cover a portion of each visit, but the amount that you will pay is determined by your insurance carrier and your specific plan. I strongly advise you to contact your insurance carrier before coming to the first appointment so that you can know exactly what services you are covered for and what your co-pay and deductible may be.
I am a in-network provider for the following plans:
- Aetna EAP
- Aetna HMO/POS
- Aenta PPO/Choice POS II
- Ambetter/Peachstate (Affordable Care Act)
- Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO/POS
- Blue Cross Build Shield PPO
- Cigna (Great West)
- Coventry (MHNet)
- CoventryONE (Affordable Care Act)
- Health Advocate EAP
- Humana EAP
- Humana ONE (Affordable Care Act)
- Kennesaw State University/Horizon EAP
I also accept private pay.