What are your qualifications?
I'm licensed as a professional counselor/mental health service provider, and am a board-certified counselor. I hold a Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from MTSU, as well as a Master of Theological Studies from Vanderbilt University. I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
What can I expect for my first session?
Our first session will last for 50 minutes, and will be a chance for us to get to know each other and determine if we are a good fit. I will get an overview of what brings you to therapy and what concerns you'd like to address. Near the end of our initial session, I will give you some feedback about what we've discussed, how I can be of help, and what goals we might establish for our work together.
What is your fee? What forms of payment do you accept?
My fee for a 50 minute psychotherapy session is $125 for individuals, couples, and families. I do accept credit cards, as well as cash and checks, however if you pay by cash or check the fee will be $120. I know that this level of commitment to your well being requires a significant sacrifice of time and money. I consider psychotherapy to be one of the greatest investments you will ever make, and I say this from personal as well as professional experience. That being said, I believe that finances should never be an obstacle to getting help. I do have a limited number of sliding scale appointments for those who need financial assistance.
Do you take insurance?
Because I am still practicing under clinical supervision, I do not take insurance. I am happy to provide a receipt for services. In some cases, you can submit this to your insurance company for reimbursement.
Are you a pastor or pastoral counselor?
No, I am a licensed professional counselor. However, I am affiliated with the Pastoral Center for Healing and my approach to therapy is consistent with the relational emphasis of pastoral care and the tradition of "care of souls." I have a graduate degree in theological studies, which helps me ask better questions related to the search for meaning and purpose.