Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What kinds of things do people seek help for?
People seek counseling for a variety of reasons including feeling unhappy, unfulfilled, worried, sad, or angry.  People also seek out counseling to help change behaviors that are troubling them including addictive or disordered behaviors or behaviors that affect their relationships at home or at work.  Some people seek counseling because they have a life goal that has been eluding them and they are ready to explore their barriers.  Other people seek out counseling because they know they are going through a difficult time or facing a difficult decision and they desire a place to sort through their feelings and move forward in their life with intention and clear thinking.

How does counseling help?
When a counseling relationship is working well, clients experience new insights into their situations, clearer thinking, increased energy, better understanding of their feelings and needs, release of troubling emotions that have held them back or been confusing, and a greater sense of wholeness and peace within themselves.  Therapy is a process, and a working partnership develops between client and therapist.  Therapy is not always comfortable or straightforward as difficult emotions and ways of being often have to be sorted through in order for new energy and change to appear.  Clients should feel comfortable with their therapist and be able to ask about whatever is on their mind regarding the process.  In spite of the uncomfortable emotions experienced, clients I have worked with feel that the temporary pain of the working through process is well worth leaving behind the continual pain of living the way they had previously.

Do you work with children, couples and families?
Yes, my practice includes work with children, adolescents, individuals, couples, and families.

Is what I say confidential?
Yes.  All client-therapist conversations are private and confidential.  It is also confidential information that a person is meeting with a counselor.  As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I follow the professional ethical standards of the National Association of Social Workers.  Only in rare exceptions when the safety of a client or other is at risk can disclosure of confidential client-therapist information take place.

What can I expect at the first session?
You can expect to talk about the concern(s) that brought you into counseling and also about your background and personal history.  You can share on a level that feels comfortable for you.  You will have some paperwork to complete.  These forms can be completed before your appointment or plan to arrive 20 minutes early to complete.

How long does a counseling session take?
The initial session is 1.5 hours and future sessions are typically scheduled for 50 minutes. Most people see their counselor once a week for consistent progress to be made.

How much does counseling cost?
Please see the fee schedule on our website.  Most insurances will cover some of this cost. We participate with some “in network” insurance panels and will bill on your behalf.  The co-pay is the client’s responsibility.  For those insurance companies who provide “out-of-network” benefits, you will be given a Super Bill to submit for reimbursement.  Please contact your insurance company for behavioral health coverage.

Are you a Christian counselor?
I am a Christian and I am a psychotherapist.  What this means for me is that I practice from a framework that acknowledges the presence of God within each person I work with and seek to promote justice, healing, and grace as ways of being in the world.  Spirituality is deeply important to us as human beings and is the source of meaning, purpose, and healing in our lives.  Human beings are so much more than simply their behaviors, thoughts, or feelings.  As a therapist, I also recognize that many people have been deeply hurt through the practices of organized religion and the experiences of their life.  Struggling with one’s spiritual beliefs is often a normal part of being human.  Often, important healing needs to take place in this realm as well, as clients come to understand how they have been shaped, hurt, and/or blessed by their spiritual practice.  Although I am a Christian and this spiritual practice is meaningful for me, all spiritual practices are welcome in my clinical practice.

What does EdD, LISW-CP and RPT-S stand for?
EdD are initials that indicate that I have a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology and practice as Counseling Psychologist with emphasis in family and children therapy.  LISW-CP initials indicate that I am also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of South Carolina.  Clinical social work indicates that my expertise is in the area of counseling and psychotherapy.

RPT-S initials indicate that I am a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and have completed a rigorous educational curriculum combined with intensive supervision for working with children and adolescents in a play therapy environment.

What is EAGALA?        
EAGALA is a certification in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.  Clients do not ride horses but rather interact with them in meaningful ways to metaphorically work through social, emotional and/or behavioral issues that affect day-to-day functioning. For more information, visit www.eagala.org/