FAQs : Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I begin?
A: Call my mobile number at (615) 812-4134. Leave a message after the tone & I will return your call or text you back within 24-48 hours. You may indicate what time of day works best for setting a session. I currently book sessions for Wednesdays & Thursdays, with occasional alternating days. I do not do early morning sessions. I DO NOT SET APPOINTMENTS OR DISCUSS ANY COUNSELING IN EMAIL. I utilize texting for setting and rescheduling appointments. You will be expected to provide a FULL 24 hour cancellation notice to avoid a full fee charge. Emergencies are the only exclusion and must be medical in nature.
Q: How long does counseling last?
A: Growth in counseling is about momentum. The more frequently you come, the more progress you will make. I almost always encourage clients to commit to 6 months at least, and 18 months on average, depending on how frequently and consistently counseling is attended. I strongly encourage clients if possible to commit to once a week for the initial 4-6 weeks. Afterwards, if a lesser frequency is desired, I prefer to discuss it at that time. Many people begin their work on a weekly basis, then move to bi-weekly, and then monthly until termination. Often clients return periodically for "check-ups" or to check-in for maintenance. Some issues may only require a shorter period of time, however these issues are generally circumstantial and not considered issues from your past or from an ongoing or chronic conflict in a relationship.
Q: How does counseling work?
A: I’ll email you a set of forms and an initial personal history assignment. We then schedule an initial 90 minute evaluation and if financially possible, you'll commit to come once a week for a 45-60 minute session for 4-6 weeks, allowing both of us to form an idea of what is at the root of your issues and begin to develop a bond and a base for a good, working therapeutic relationship. After those initial weeks, we can discuss any changes to the way our meetings are going and we both give input on whether or not our match continues to be a good fit. This also provides an opportunity for the therapist to determine if an additional referral is indicated outside of these counseling sessions. Please note: It is not recommended to begin therapy with a frequency any less that bi-weekly.