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YOU are the expert on YOU. I am the expert on Mental Health. Together, let’s discover and ignite YOUR pivot power.

My Approach

 

Taking an evidenced-based, client-centered, and existentially informed approach, I work with individuals from a variety of backgrounds on issues including depression, anxiety, work stress, trauma, PTSD, mood disorders, addictions, domestic violence, and organizational alignment. I take special interest in early childhood trauma and children of incarcerated caregiver(s).


I have served children, adolescents, adults, and families for over fifteen years through direct care, clinical consultation, and organizational management. These skills were thoughtfully cultivated in competitive academic programs and extensive clinical training. My managerial and leadership opportunities have added great value to my perspective on both collateral damages of untreated trauma. I will meet you wherever you are on your journey with genuine and compassionate care. 

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why go to therapy when I can just get advice from friends and family? 

A: Look, your friends are probably great. In fact, we encourage healthy supportive relationships. However, your friends and family are bias, and they probably love you. Our therapists are professionally trained to help you explore and discuss your difficulties and develop solutions to your particular problems from a professional stance. They have expertise in helping you express and evaluate your feelings, focusing entirely on you. Our therapists have extensive training on maintaining a nonjudgmental stance.  Throughout their training, coursework, clinical supervision, and their own therapy, our psychotherapists become experienced at keeping their opinions and feelings in check. Your therapist should provide a safe, accepting space where you feel free to explore any types of thoughts and feelings. 

Q: What if I don’t want to talk about certain topics?

A: That’s not a problem. If your therapist asks you a question that you don’t want to answer, just tell them that you’re not ready to discuss it. We can circle back when you are ready. 

Q: Do you provide in-person or online counseling?
A: All counseling sessions are conducted via a secure and easy-to-use telehealth platform (similar to Zoom or Skype). We do not provide any in-person counseling at this time.

Q: Who do you work with?
A: I provide counseling for teens and adults residing in the state North Carolina. We do not provide couples counseling. 

 

Q: How often will we meet?
A:  To begin, we will meet once a week. It is important to gain momentum in the beginning by meeting weekly to maintain progress. Once some of your goals are met, we can explore meeting less often.

Q: Do you accept insurance?
A: No, we do not accept any insurance. We will collect payment in full at the time of service. 

 

Q: What is your cancellation policy?
A: I require 48 hours notice of cancellation or you will need to pay for the appointment. An occasional exception may be made in the case of an emergency. It’s important that we meet consistently in order to make progress.

Q: Do you accept insurance?
A: No, we do not accept any insurance. We will collect payment in full at the time of service. 

 

Q: What is your cancellation policy?
A: I require 48 hours notice of cancellation or you will need to pay for the appointment. An occasional exception may be made in the case of an emergency. It’s important that we meet consistently in order to make progress.

Q: Do you prescribe medication?
A: No. Many of our clients find medication is helpful, but many of them also progress well in therapy without medication. If you want to be evaluated for psychiatric medication, we can help plan coordination with your primary care physician or a psychiatrist. If you are already taking medication, we will coordinate care with your doctor. 

 

Q: How should I make the most of my therapy experience?

Your results are dependent on you. Simply showing up to your therapy session isn't enough. You must want help with the challenges you face. You also must be willing to put in the work to get the desired results. Don’t pretend to be okay. It’s okay to talk about things that feel embarrassing or uncomfortable. Regularly attend your sessions and complete your homework as prescribed. This is not a “pat and chat,” this is “suit up and fight to change your life.” Be open and honest with your therapist about how the sessions are going for you, especially if you feel something is not working for you. Ask questions.

 

Q: Should I tell my therapist if I have relapsed?

Relapse is common.  While you may be tempted to hide a relapse, your therapist can probably tell anyway. A mental health professional is trained to recognize the signs of relapse. Maintaining honesty with them about your actions and feelings is imperative to helping them help you. 

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