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    Frequently Asked Questions

    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 courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.

    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, counseling 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, and 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 can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.

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

    Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 will be crucial to your success.

    Do you provide counseling to children/adolescents?

    I specialize in providing therapeutic services to adults only at this time. 

    What are the benefits of private pay?

    Insurance often requires confidential information be released without your consent. Also, insurance requires a mental health diagnosis that will become a part of your permanent medical record. Private pay has the benefit of securing your confidentiality and privacy from third parties. Information about our sessions remain between you and I. 

    Do you take insurance?

    Currently, I accept insurance in both Florida and Georgia. In Florida, I accept United Healthcare/Optum, Cigna, AvMed, United Medical Resources, Aetna, Humana, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Humana. In Georgia, I accept Aetna, Cigna, United Health, Optum, United Medical Resources, Oscar, and Oxford. 

    What is Telehealth?

    Through audio and video over the internet, you can meet with your clinician on-the-go from your desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device (iOS or Android).

    Telehealth allows us to connect anywhere with secure and convenient appointments that save you time and hassle. There’s no need to deal with traffic when you can schedule and attend your appointments directly from a laptop or mobile device.

    Is Telehealth private?

    Just like a face-to-face appointment, your Telehealth visit will be private and confidential.

    Will the appointments be recorded?

    None of our appointments will ever be recorded or stored.

    What equipment do I need?

    To participate in Telehealth appointments from your home, you will need one of the following devices:

    Desktop computer with a webcam, speakers, a 2.5 GHz processor, and 4 GB of RAM

    Laptop computer with built-in webcam and speakers, a 2.5 GHz processor, and 4 GB of RAM

    Tablet device with built-in webcam and speakers

    Smartphone with at least iOS 12.4 or Android 7.0

    (Note: To use a smartphone, you must first download Telehealth by SimplePractice – available for iOS or Android in the app store.)

    You will also need an internet connection that is at least 0.35 mbps. For optimal results, a reliable, high-speed internet connection with a bandwidth of at least 10-15 mbps will minimize connection issues and provide the best quality.