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    What are your rates?

    For insured individuals the rate is $150 per 60 minute session. All copays are due at the time of service. 

    For Out-of-Pocket, Out -of -Network Fees, the rate is $200 per 60 minute session. 

    Do you take insurance?

    Yes. For Alabama residents I take: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama. 

    For Tennessee Residents I take: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Oxford, Oscar, Aetna, Cigna, & United Health Care. Insurance is taken for Individual Services Only. Marriage and Family Therapy is not covered by insurance. 

    I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?

    Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some strengths that you’ve used before, that for whatever reason isn’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, I’ll help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now.

    What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?

    The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.

    Why shouldn’t I just take medication?

    Medication alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is treat the symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals.

    Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy.

    How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?

    Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs

    How long will it take?

    Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.

    I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?

    I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other for a session a week. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.

    My partner and I are having problems. Should we be in individual counseling or come together?

    If you are concerned about your relationship, and you would both like to work with me, I would initially work with both of you together. After this work, if one of you would like to continue in individual sessions, I could work with only one of you. It is not helpful to move from individual into couple’s work with the same therapist because of potential trust issues.

    How can we improve communication in our marriage?

    Create a safe & supportive environment, practice active listening, be honest & transparent, & resolve conflicts considerately. 

    What can we do to rebuild trust after infidelity?

    Communication, transparency, respect, compassion, love, vulnerability, and kindness. Practice forgiveness and grace daily. Consistently work toward reconciliation, display trustworthy behavior, and demonstrate relational integrity to rebuild a stronger marriage. Make Jesus Christ the center of your life and marriage.

    What are healthy ways to resolve conflicts?

    Instead of blaming each other, take responsibility for your contribution to the conflict & use I statements to express how you feel & listen when your spouse tells you how they feel, then problem solve together to find a solution for the conflict that brings you closer in unity. 

    What are some effective ways to rebuild our spiritual & emotional connection?

    Praying, attending church together, sharing what’s on your hearts & minds together, & showing affection are all great ways to rebuild your spiritual & emotional connection. 

    What are signs that our marriage may benefit from professional help?

    If communication, intimacy, & connection is lacking, this may be a sign that your relationship needs professional attention. Especially if there is any infidelity. 

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