Frequently Asked Questions
There are a lot of questions people have before starting therapy. I like to answer the most common questions to reduce any stress or anxiety you may have about seeking counseling with me.
How can therapy help me?
There are many benefits in participating in therapy. Counselors can provide insight and help you find relief for issues such as depression, anxiety, marital or relationship problems. Counseling can help you learn to handle troubled children. Counseling is extremely valuable in managing personal growth, relationships and the many challenges life presents.
What happens during therapy?
We will discuss things that are currently happening in your life which are causing problems, things that happened in the past that impact your current problems or relationship issues. The idea is to learn from the past to change current problems. I will help you learn how to accomplish this.
Confidentiality is a critical component of counseling. What you discuss with me is strictly confidential in the Alabama Statutes. By law, I cannot release any information without your written consent. There are a few exceptions to the law. If your therapist suspects you are abusing or neglecting children, adults or elders, it is mandatory to report it to the appropriate authorities. If your therapist suspects that you are in danger of harming yourself or harming another person, it is my legal responsibility to try report it to the appropriate authorities. If I see a child in therapy, it is mandatory to report any suggested abuse.
How frequently do I need to see my therapist?
Attending therapy once a week is common to begin with. If you commit to once a week therapy, you should see some improvement in 2 months or even less. Children require about 6 weeks of therapy unless the problem is severe such as trauma or loss of a loved one. Divorce can take longer to help a child and usually the parent or parents deal with what is a true loss.
Do you accept insurance?
No, I do not. Managed care often interferes with treatment, and some diagnoses can affect a patients ability to obtain health insurance. For those in the military, using insurance can affect whether a person can get a promotion to the next level. I do not accept insurance. I can offer a superbill with each session if I am notified that one is needed.
What are payment options and fees?
Methods of payment accepted include cash, check and credit cards of all types. My rate is 130 per 50 minute therapeutic hour. Attending your therapy as scheduled is very important, as it will help you reach your therapeutic goals. Your appointment is exclusively reserved for you, hence, a specific time is blocked for you in my appointment book. Cancellations and re-scheduled sessions as well as missed sessions will be subject to full charge, if a 48 hour-in-advance notice wasn’t received. In order to secure an appointment, a credit or debit card will be received by phone, but not used until the appointment. I prefer to use Ivy Pay, which is a HIPPA compliant credit card service for only therapists to use.