What can I expect from counseling sessions with you?

First and foremost, I want to be someone you can trust.  I will always approach my sessions with a deep appreciation and respect for who you are and what you’re going through.  Our meetings are your time, and I want to be sure that we use the time in a way that’s most helpful for you and your needs.  I will be a gentle guide and careful listener.  If you’d like my strong opinion about something, I can be forthcoming, as well.

How do we get started?

Once you reach out to me (through the contact form, email, text or phone), we can set up a free 15-minute consultation to answer any questions you have and to see if I’m a good fit for you.  You may also book a free consultation directly from my website.  If you decide you’d like to get started, we’ll agree on a first appointment time and I will send you some documentation through my online portal to fill out and sign electronically.

What is tele-health like?

Tele-health is a safe, secure, convenient way to meet, especially during these times.  You can use any sort of device (phone, tablet, computer, etc.).  A secure link is sent to you right before the session.  All you have to do is click on the link.  Phone is also available, if you are someone who likes to move while you talk, for example.

Are you offering in-person sessions?

I offer in-person sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in my East Nashville office at 822 Meridian Street, across from the restaurant Folk.

What are your fees?

My current rate is $145 per 50-minute session for individuals and $155 per 50-minutes session for couples.

Do you take insurance?

I do not accept insurance; however, I can provide a receipt each month for you to submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement. If you choose to use your insurance, please note that a mental health diagnosis is necessary on the form for reimbursement. I do recommend you call your insurance company and ask about out-of-network that way you know ahead of time what they allow, what they need to process and how much they will reimburse. You will still pay me upfront and then you are responsible for filing with your insurance.

There are some benefits of this policy. I am not required to give you a diagnosis for the insurance company and sessions are not limited by insurance. This allows us to tailor our sessions to your specific needs.

If you are using a Health or Flex Saving Account type plan, I can often accept a credit card for this purpose. In addition to the tax savings that process may not require a diagnosis.

How long will the counseling process take?

This will be different for everyone.  I usually find a good indicator to be when the sessions start to feel more like a chat or catch-up than counseling.  Both my clients and I can feel the difference.  When this change happens, we can talk together about whether or not the need for counseling is still there.  Some people like to taper off slowly, going from weekly to bi-monthly, etc.