Big subject. Big shadow. – Robert Hass
What is therapy and how does it work?
We are challenged by so much in our lives, whether in our mental and physical health, our relationships and family, our personal identity, our professional and creative pursuits, or our ability to cope with transition and trauma. Therapy allows you to discuss your personal concerns and struggles with a qualified licensed clinician.
I believe we all have the capacity to deepen knowledge of our inner selves in order to release painful, confusing experiences and move forward toward reaching our goals. Therapy and counseling have been scientifically proven to help clients develop effective coping and problem-solving skills, improve health of relationships, make behavioral changes, reduce depression and anxiety, resolve past trauma, and improve overall quality of life.
Everyone comes to therapy for different reasons and with different goals, so the process of therapy will look different for everyone. In general, therapy sessions with me will involve: discussion of current stressors, your personal history, and your goals. The more involved you are in therapy sessions, the more likely you are to achieve results. However, change can be slow, frustrating, and at times difficult. Therapy is not easy, and there are no instant cures. I will stand by you throughout it. I am committed to creating a supportive space, without judgment, where we can do this work together. In time, relief from pain can occur, often followed by deeper levels of personal satisfaction.
Therapy sessions are between 50 and 60 minutes in length and typically occur once per week in my private office in Savannah. I provide both short- and long-term treatment depending on your needs.
How do I know if you’re the right therapist for me?
Put simply, only you can decide that. I encourage all clients to do their research and try out a few therapists before making a decision. You may consider scheduling a free 15-minute phone consultation with me.
It may also be helpful to know who I typically see in my practice. At this time, I only see adults (18+) and couples. I specialize in working with: depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, reproductive + maternal mental health, sexual health, relationship problems, and LGBTQ+ issues. I also have extensive experience working with artists and anyone struggling with self-expression and creative pursuits.
Is this confidential?
Yes. I am bound by law to not disclose anything about you (or the fact that I am your therapist) without your written permission. There may be times when you find it useful for me to have contact with someone in your life, such as your family member, doctor, or psychiatrist. In these situations, you may sign a consent form allowing me to do so.
There are also some exceptions to confidentiality. Because I am a mandated reporter, I am required to report any potential or suspected child abuse, elder abuse, or if I feel you are a danger to yourself or others. Feel free to ask any questions for clarification.
Do I have to take medication?
Only if you want to. Research shows that the most reliable long-term solution to depression and anxiety is typically a combination of medication and therapy. However, every mind and every body is different. As I am not a licensed prescriber, I can discuss your options with you and help you process any concerns about taking medication. I always encourage clients to work closely with their medical doctor to determine the best choice of treatment. When appropriate, I can provide referral for you to a prescribing physician and work with that provider to coordinate your mental health care.
Is this covered by my insurance?
The short answer is – possibly. I am currently an in-network provider for Anthem/Blue Cross Blue Shield, Memorial Health Partners, and St. Joseph/Candler Care Network. If you have one of these insurances, some or all of my fees may be covered. All plans are different, so if you plan to use your insurance to pay for your sessions, it is important that you contact your insurance company before your first session with me. You will find the phone number for member services on the back of your card. For a list of questions to ask your insurance when you call, please click here.
For all other insurances, I am considered an out-of-network provider, which means you would be responsible for paying my fee. I accept cash, check, and credit card; payment is expected at the time of your session.
I do keep a limited amount of sliding-scale spots available to see clients without insurance at a reduced rate, depending on income. Please contact me for questions about this.
Can I bring my baby?
Definitely! It is always your choice whether it’s best for you to bring your baby to your session or not. However, babies (up till age 2) are always welcome to accompany you. I aim to provide a calm, comforting environment where you can feel at ease while feeding, nursing, or caring for your child.
What if I’m not sure this is right for me right now?
I get it. Starting therapy can be daunting for many different reasons. It requires time, money, and emotional energy. Finding a therapist whose training and personality fits well with your needs takes effort. And for most of us, asking for help is not easy. For all these reasons, I offer a free 15-minute consultation so you can discuss your concerns, ask me any questions, and feel out whether this seems like a good fit for you. If it’s not, I totally understand, and can offer referrals for other qualified providers who might better meet your needs.
Do you offer telehealth sessions?
Yes! Due to COVID-19 and increased need for social distancing, I do offer telehealth sessions via a secure video platform. Calls are easy to access from phone, tablet, or computer. Most insurances are covering telehealth visits currently – please confirm with your insurance carrier before scheduling for details.
How do I get started?
Schedule a free phone consultation. If I’m not accepting new patients or if I don’t have availability that suits your schedule, I can offer you referrals. You can also always try contacting me again in the future.
If we do schedule an initial visit, I will send you an email with a secure link to all of the paperwork you will need to complete online before your appointment. This can sometimes feel like a lot to do, but I find it’s very helpful to get this out of the way in advance so we can spend your session focusing on what you want to talk about.
Where is your office and can I park there?
My office is located in the Starland District of Savannah at 2431C Habersham Street (2nd floor) – directly across the street from Green Truck Pub. There are 3 free parking spaces available at the base of the stairwell on East 41st Street. There is also plenty of free street parking on Habersham and in the surrounding neighborhood.
If you have any questions that haven’t been answered here, please feel free to contact me. I’m more than happy to provide any further information.