You’re wondering what the therapy process looks like
Here are a few questions that I am often asked. I hope that these answers help you find your way if you’re feeling a little lost. If you’re looking for more practical informatino, such as hours and fees, check out the Office Info page, instead.
Who Do I see?
I see adults (over 18) as individuals, couples, within their family system, or in group.
I am not seeing children or teens, at this time.
I work with adults who are dealing with anxiety, which can cause problems such as (but not limited to): perfectionism, relationship/communication issues, shame, low self esteem, anger, panic, feeling lonely/rejected
I do not discriminate based on any sexual orientation, religious preference, political stance, race, gender, age, etc.
I am an ally of the LGBTQIA+/Queer community, a sex positive therapist (accepting of kink and ethical non-monogamy), and I do not work from a religious perspective and often work with religious minorities and nonreligious clients
Learn more about me and my style here.
HOW DOES THIS THERAPY THING WORK?
We start out by setting up a chat over the phone . This is totally free and is for us to see how we may be a good fit. You can set this up here.
After scheduling, you will get started in the all inclusive client portal and you will fill out a short questionnaire.
We will complete our 20-minute phone consultation and I will give you time to think over if we will be a good fit. This is all about going at your pace.
If we decide to move forward, I will send over the practice policies and you will fill out a questionnaire about you. This is all done online through the client portal so that you don’t have to take time out of your busy schedule to come in early.
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Our first session will go over the process, your history, and answer any questions you have.
The first 1-4 sessions are for us both to feel out the therapeutic relationship and see if we’re a good fit. If during that time, we agree to move forward, we will pick a designated time to meet on a weekly basis, make treatment goals, and review those upon completion or every 3 months.
As you progress toward completing goals and we mutually decide that therapy is no longer needed, we will discuss a plan for stopping therapy.
Where, When, & how often?
We will meet weekly either in office or over video (only available to those living in Tennessee).
I am available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons with the exception of some holidays and planned absences.
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How Do you contact Me and What are My fees?
what's my approach to therapy?
I take an integrative and collaborative approach, which means I use a variety of theories based on your needs and preferences in a way that combines how you and I both like to work together. I believe in the power of building on solutions and connecting past with present and future.
As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I always try to understand who you are in the context of your family, partner, friends, and communities to make changes that are meaningful and constructive for you.
I do rely heavily on Solution Focused, Transgenerational, and Collaborative theories. However, what is most important is that we talk in ways that make sense for you and meet the goals you want to achieve.
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You WANT INDIVIDUAL AND COUPLES - WILL we do BOTH?
No – we only choose either couples OR individual therapy.
Although sometimes it seems like it would be easier and more convenient to see the same therapist for both individual and couples counseling, it can actually muddy up things during the therapy process. Seeing you with and without your partner can have negative effects on your relationship if I find out about a secret or you want an unbiased opinion about a decision in your relationship.
When we agree to do couples therapy, we rarely meet individually, so that there are no secrets between partners.
The best way to find out what we should do is to schedule a phone consultation or complete an intake so that we can talk more about it.
For more information about availability and practice information, click here.
WHAT the heck IS AN MFT?
Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) is a mental health professional who sees each person as part of interconnected systems. This means that I won’t talk about just you, but how you work in your other communities and the impact you and systems have on each other. I do this through individual, couple, family, and group sessions.
The best way to know more about us is to visit our professional association’s