How much does it cost?

The charge for each 50 minute session is $60.00 to $115.00 based on household income.

What if I don’t have insurance?

I accept private pay only. I will work with most any budget if there is a real financial hardship. There is a sliding scale fee based on household income ranging from $60.00-$115.00.

How long will a meeting take?

The length of each session is 30 to 50 minutes, depending on the needs and circumstances of the client.

What experience do you have?

I have been working in the field of psychology since 1999, and have specialized experience with marriage healing, children and teenagers and their families (i.e. executive function, behavior modification, problematic family dynamics etc.). I also have experience helping those struggling with anxiety, depression, self-harm, and addiction.

Do I have to fill out any paperwork?

There is a small amount of paperwork to fill out, which should take about ten minutes.

What will my first appointment be like?

During our first meeting, we will talk about confidentiality and what sessions will be like. We will talk about what you can expect from me, and I encourage clients to begin to share their experience to the degree they feel comfortable.

What can I expect?

You can expect understanding and confidentiality. Your experience will be handled with gentleness and genuine care. You can also expect to be challenged and supported to grow toward your goals. Contrary to popular belief, there are mechanics to relationships. Understanding the “why” of what you are experiencing and knowing how to move forward is paramount.

Are you affiliated with a church?

I am not professionally affiliated with any church, and I practice psychology based on the principles of psychology and not those exclusive to any religion.

Will I be able to talk freely about my own religious beliefs?

Absolutely yes! Religion is very important to most people and can be a powerful influence.

My child is going through a lot right now and needs some support. Will you see my child without me?

I may see a child separately from their parents depending on the situation. However, to some degree, I will always need to meet with the parent on some basis.

If my child shares something with you, will you share that information with me?

During our first session, we will thoroughly discuss the terms of confidentiality. In some cases, children (especially teenagers) may not feel comfortable sharing all the details of their experience if they feel I will share everything with their parents. However, this may not always be the case, and I will always share the basic progression of our sessions. In addition, I will always share pertinent information if I feel the child is in danger or may hurt themselves or another. We will come to an understanding and agreement on this before I begin to meet with your child.

Will you recommend that I take medication?

We may discuss the use of medication. However, whether or not you take medication is between you and your doctor. I do not prescribe medication but will be happy to consult with your doctor if it will be helpful to you – and if you wish me to do so.

Will you recommend alternatives to medication?

Absolutely. Whether or not you benefit from medication, we will discuss the principles of psychology as they pertain to your situation, and explore tools for applying them to daily life.

Do you have a former client I can talk to?

All past and current client information is strictly confidential. If you do not feel comfortable meeting with me, or if you feel your needs are not being met, you may terminate sessions at any time. In addition, I will help you find another therapist who may better meet your needs. My goal is to help you get your needs met, and I will do all I can to assist you in that goal.

What hours are you available for sessions?

I generally meet with clients during normal work hours. However sessions are subject to availability; please call for appointment availability.

My child’s teacher thinks he has AD/HD. Can you help with this?

If your child has been diagnosed with AD/HD or if you simply suspect the disorder, there is hope. There is a lot of good information you need to know and there is much that you and your child can do to help them be successful.

If you have questions about marriage counseling Chattanooga, parent counseling, individual growth counseling or teen parenting services then please call us today. We are here to help you and the relationship that you are seeking to improve no matter the circumstance.