How long will therapy take me to complete?
Therapy is a highly individualized process. The duration of therapy is dependent upon the person in therapy, the relationship between that person and the therapist and the issues that the person wishes to address in therapy. It can also be dependent upon the severity of those issues. Some problems are resolved in a relatively short period of time, whereas others will need longer therapy. Presenting with a brief problem, such as inability to interact with a co-worker productively, can frequently bring up unresolved past issues that will need to be addressed in order to adequately help clients prevent future problems in that area. Presenting with an issue such as lack of focus or feelings of sadness, which are more generalized, may take longer periods of time to address. Therapy is hard work, but the benefits of therapy can outweigh the risks for many people. Therapy may be considered to be an investment into the future self.
What can I expect in my first session of therapy?
The first few therapy sessions allow me to learn about clients and their situations as well as for them to learn about my therapeutic style. Because it is important to me that clients feel comfortable working with me, at the end of each session I ask clients to communicate their feelings about that session, their progress in therapy, and any questions or concerns they have about their treatment. The first session will be an extended intake session. This allows me to get a more comprehensive understanding of your history as we focus on goals for therapy and options for treatment.
Working with a therapist is much like working with any other professional in that it is a reciprocal relationship. If, at any time, you feel as if your therapist is not the best fit for you, it is important to communicate that to your therapist so they may attempt to correct the problems or, if that is not possible, refer you to another therapist. If at any time your therapist feels like they are not the best fit for you, ethically, or when dealing with competence issues such as having proper training, they may offer to refer you to another professional who would be better suited for you.
How long are therapy sessions?
A typical session lasts 45-minutes and is usually scheduled once a week. However, based upon the feelings of the client and the therapist, they may agree to meet more frequently or less frequently or for longer or shorter sessions. Since I do not take insurance, self-pay offers more flexibility in regards to meeting times. This is something that will be discussed at the first session and revisited as the client progresses through therapy.
Will you prescribe me medications?
In the State of Tennessee, psychologists do not have prescribing privileges. The therapeutic model is holistic in that I will view you as a whole person as opposed to a set of symptoms to be treated. We may discuss your sleeping habits, your appetite, your exercise regimen, your work/home/school environments and other factors that may be affecting your mental and physical health. My feelings on medication are that some people need them all of the time, some people need them some of the time and some people need them not at all. If, after initial evaluation, or, at any time during therapy, you and I agree that medication is something that might be beneficial for you, I will refer you to a psychiatrist or medical doctor for evaluation.
Do you take insurance? Will you accept TennCare or Medicare/Medicaid?
I do not accept insurance at this time. You can learn more about why I choose not to accept insurance, as well as options for a sliding fee scale and out-of-network options on my services page.
Do you do custody evaluations or see clients that may need you to go to court for them?
I do not see clients who need custody evaluations or may need me to go to court for them at this time. There are times where that may not be prevented, however, and we can discuss my policies about legal proceedings when we meet for our first session.
After consultation, if you feel you are not the best therapist for me will you provide me with a referral to someone else?
Yes, I do provide referrals in the event that I am unable to provide services for a client. Therapeutic rapport with the client and competence in treating issues are important to me. I want you to succeed in meeting your goals and will work with you to find the best options for success.
If you have questions not covered elsewhere on this site or in the FAQ, I would be glad to answer them. You may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me for a free consultation at (615) 972-6644.