It is not easy to find the right therapist. Once you finally decide that this is what you need to do, then you have to contend with lists of profiles that start to sound the same after a while. But, the truth is, not all therapists are the same. And not every therapist is the one you need.
Here are some frequently asked questions that might help you figure out if we are the right place for you:
Frequently Asked Questions
What do you do in therapy? How can it help?
Great question! Let’s start with the basics. Psychotherapy is the treatment of a mental problem by psychological means. That is, we sit in a room (or over the computer) and talk about it. We have many, many years of research showing that therapy does decrease symptoms of psychological distress. Have you ever wanted someone to listen to you without judgment and help you figure things out? Then you want a therapist! It’s a different relationship and way of being with someone. In therapy, we talk about you and what’s going on in your life and our hope is that you always feel cared for and supported. We are empathetic but also data driven. You will fill out assessments from time to time to check in about progress.
Who do you work well with?
We do our best work with those who come in ready to make some changes and who are committed to the process. Therapy is not always an easy or comfortable process.
When things aren’t working in our lives, we need to make some changes. We are your partners in making those changes, but you are the one who will have to do the heavy lifting. We just want to be up front with you. We value self-determination and hope to support you in making the best decisions possible for your life.
How much will it cost?
Therapy is a financial investment. We take your trust and commitment to the process very seriously. This is dedicated time and space for you to heal and grow. Here's how it breaks down:
Standard 55-minute individual session: $135
Standard 75-minute family session: $160
Intake Session (75 minutes): $175
The intake session includes:
- A review of the intake paperwork you filled out prior to your appointment;
-A report of findings from any intake questionnaires you may have taken;
-A discussion of the treatment plan. We do not believe in one-size-fits-all therapy. What we do is individualized to make sure the plan is what you need;
-Care coordination, as needed, with any other professionals you may be working with (school, doctors, etc.); and
-Access to a secure messaging platform to stay in contact between sessions.
We accept Aetna, BCBS of Georgia and Cigna insurance.
Consider using your Health Savings Plan for pre-tax savings.
As a courtesy, we can provide you with documentation that you may submit to your insurance company for possible out-of-network reimbursement. Please keep in mind that you must have an official diagnosis to be reimbursed by insurance. This will become part of your medical record.
Do you work with adolescents? What does that look like?
We do see adolescents (14+)! We will mostly work with you separately unless we have a specific family session scheduled. If we are working with your adolescent, we would meet with the family unit as a whole during the intake session and then each person individually to get an understanding of the scope of the problem.
It does take some time to build up trust with adolescents, so there are usually several sessions before we are ready for another family session. This, of course, varies by case and we are always open to discussion about how things are going. We send parents a questionnaire to fill out 48 hours before a scheduled session with your child to give us more information about how things are going at home or school. You are also welcome to contact us via the secure messaging platform or telephone if you have specific concerns.
We also work with parents separately at times because it really is the hardest job in the world and sometimes you just need some support. In this case, we typically do not do any family sessions, rather, my work is with you alone.
How long will therapy last?
We typically do short-term therapy and most of our clients feel better after 12-15 sessions. This does vary case-by-case, of course. We can discuss the anticipated length of therapy at the intake session. We can always make adjustments up or down as needed. If you feel like you've gotten what you need after 5, then, great! If you are just digging in at session 18, that's great, too, and we will continue.
How will I know if it's working?
We will collect data periodically in the form of questionnaires. We will send these through the client portal so you can complete them from home and not spend valuable session time on it. The questionnaires should not take more than a few minutes to complete and will allow us to track progress.