Q. How do I know if a therapist is right for me?
A. You are encouraged to call me and ask questions regarding my philosophy and approach treatment. You can explain a little bit about your situation and get a feel for my style. It is very important to find the right fit for you and someone with whom you feel comfortable. I offer a free 15-minute phone consultation for new clients.
Q. What should I expect when I call?
A. When you call, you will likely be directed my voicemail, which I check regularly. Please leave a detailed message with your name, phone number, and the best time to reach you. Also, indicate whether a message can be left at that number. I will make every effort to return your call by the end of the business day or within 24 hours. To avoid phone tag, you can also schedule a brief initial phone consult using the scheduling tool or send me message via contact me.
Q. What should I expect in the first session?
A. Before the first session, I will review your answers to the initial paperwork you completed online. I will have several questions to jumpstart the first session and get to know your story and your goals for therapy. You can prepare for your first session by completing all required forms online beforehand, as well as bring a list of any questions you may have. It is common to feel nervous or uncomfortable before the first session. My goal is to provide a safe and comfortable environment to help decrease your nervousness.
Q. How long does therapy appointment usually last?
A. The first appointment typically lasts 55-60 minutes. Follow-up sessions are 45-50 minutes. We will discuss the potential course of therapy during the first session.
Q. How often do I have to come?
A. Depending upon your individual situation, it can range from once weekly to twice monthly. My goal is for you to learn skills to help you cope with stressors on your own.
Q. Is there an on-call therapist?
A. My practice is not set-up for emergent situations. I respond to client inquiries as soon as possible and within 24 hours. In case of an emergency, you should call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. For access to services and immediate crisis help, you can also call the Georgia Crisis & Access Line (GCAL) at 1-800-715-4225, available 24/7 or locally through Dekalb CSB Crisis Services at 404-294-0499 https://dekcsb.org/crisis/.
Q. What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?
A. A Psychologist is a Doctor of Philosophy or a Doctor of Psychology who treats patients with a variety of methods that do not involve prescribing medication. A Psychiatrist is a Medical Doctor who primarily prescribes psychotropic medication to patients as a way to address psychological issues.
Q. So, is there someone in your practice who can prescribe medication?
A. Following a thorough assessment of your needs, your provider will be happy to refer you to a psychiatrist, primary care physician, homeopath, nutritionist, acupuncturist, or any other practitioner if it is determined that it may be helpful to treatment. With your written permission, I am committed to collaborating closely with all professionals related to your care.