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FAQ

Where is your office?
My office is conveniently located right off of I-440 at:

2200 21st Ave. South, Suite #230
Nashville, TN 37212

My office is in the building directly across from Kroger on the corner of 21st Ave. South and Blair Blvd.

How much do you charge?
I charge $150 for a 50-minute therapy session for individuals. For couples, I charge $160 per session.

I see the first session as a consultation and do not charge for it.

Do you have a sliding scale?
From time to time, I have openings and am able to work with people for a reduced fee. If you need a reduced rate, please feel free to call me regarding current availability of reduced fee slots.
Do you work with teens or children?
No. I only work with adults from the early 20’s onward.
Do you take insurance?
You can use your insurance if your benefits plan offers coverage for out-of-network providers. Most plans provide this coverage. You will need to contact your insurance company to determine your reimbursement coverage. I recognize that filing insurance claims can be confusing at times, and, if you wish, I will provide a monthly statement containing all necessary information (coding, diagnosis, dates of service, signature, etc.) for that purpose. You may then file a claim with your insurance company for reimbursement.

Please be aware that I have no control over the confidentiality of your information once it is received by your insurance company.

How do I make an appointment?
You can leave a confidential message on my office phone anytime: (615) 881-5431.

I will return your call as soon as possible.

How long are sessions?
Therapy sessions are 50 minutes long although longer times may be reserved if agreed on in advance.

Sessions are by appointment only and are scheduled weekly or twice weekly.

What should I expect on my first visit?
The first visit is an opportunity for us to meet and get to know each other.

In the first session, I will work to develop an understanding of both the concerns and hopes that bring you to therapy and to get an initial sense of whether I can be helpful to you. It is also an opportunity for you to get a sense of how I see therapy and to see if you feel comfortable with me and the way I work. Since the process and outcome of therapy are so connected to the therapy relationship, it is important that the decision to work together is mutual.

Do you keep what happens in your therapy sessions confidential?
Confidentiality is the bedrock of psychotherapy; it protects your privacy to share freely and openly in our sessions together. Your sessions and all information you disclose are confidential. Except for the instances stated below, which are required by law, I will not share information or respond to inquiries of any kind from any source without your written consent:

  1. If in my clinical judgment, you pose a threat to harm yourself, and you refuse appropriate treatment, I am ethically bound to notify the appropriate parties (those who can intervene to protect you).
  2. If you indicate a serious threat to harm another person, I am legally required to warn the intended victim(s) and the police and/or to obtain a civil commitment to the state mental health system.
  3. I am required to report any suspicion of child or elder abuse or neglect to the appropriate authorities.
  4. In some instances the courts may subpoena my records or testimony. In most instances, I am forced to honor these subpoenas.

These stipulations apply to all mental health practitioners in Tennessee.

How can therapy help me?
Therapy addresses the personal issues, relationship difficulties, and the life challenges that everyone faces at times.

It provides a safe and supportive space in which to initiate change in your life. Some of the benefits of therapy my clients have mentioned include: increased feelings of well-being, improved relationships, higher self-esteem, enhanced physical health through reduction of stress, and greater clarity about their purpose and direction in life.

How long will therapy take?
This is a completely reasonable question to ask, and it is one of the hardest to answer.

The simplest answer is that it ends when you feel that you have completed the work you came to therapy to do.

This decision is always ultimately in your hands.

Provided that we have worked well together and have a strong and trusting relationship, it is ideal (and not uncommon) for us to arrive at that question at about the same time. It is then a decision that we explore together with the understanding that you can come back at any time.

Each person’s therapy is inherently unique and personal; it moves at its own pace.

What are your credentials and professional background for doing therapy? How much experience do you have as a therapist?
I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a Master’s in Social Work and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Penn State University.

I have taught psychology as a professor, I’ve been the director of training at a university counseling center, and I have done private practice for over 20 years.

I have worked with hundreds of people to help them make the changes they want to make through therapy.

Currently, I do full-time private practice with individuals 18 and over, elders, couples, and periodic offerings of group therapy.

Do you have a specialty?
I’m a generalist, which means that I am trained and experienced in varied therapeutic approaches. I work with people from all walks of life dealing with many different problems.

If you have a question about any other situations and whether I work with them, simply call: (615) 881-5431.

Do you work with couples?
I enjoy working with couples in all phases of their relationships. Partner relationships go through stages across the life span just as individuals do. Many of us have smiled when we’ve seen an elderly couple out for dinner or a walk, still “engaged” with each other, talking, laughing, holding hands.

But some other relationships become dis-engaged over time. Barriers to intimacy develop; interactions become angry and defensive. The same arguments repeat, sometimes practiced so often that each partner can carry on the argument without the other person present. Even more painful is the betrayal of trust, and infidelity comes in many forms.

Other relationships don’t become hostile; they become stale. They die a slower, quieter death through emotional neglect and loss of connection. Partners may know a lot about each other on the outside but feel alone and misunderstood on the inside.

These difficulties are not limited to couple relationships. Relationships of all kinds (family, friends and acquaintances, workplace colleagues) can face difficult challenges. As we identify and address the concerns and unmet needs that result in angry and painful interaction patterns, healthier ways of interacting begin to emerge.

It has been my experience that, while the differences are obvious, there is an inherent connection between growth as an individual and growth as a partner in a relationship. Choosing to do your own personal work in therapy affects all of your relationships, your relationship with your partner most of all.

Do you work with people from diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, religious traditions, etc.?
Yes, I do. I believe that all human beings are created equal and not to be judged based on their differences. I welcome clients of all faiths, ethnicities, socio-economic backgrounds, and sexual orientations.
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