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.