I believe strongly in the capacity of people to help themselves and I see the counseling relationship as one in which the clients are in charge of setting their own goals and I am privileged to travel with them as they work toward attaining those goals. My approach to therapy is basically a holistic one: we will discuss your issues from many perspectives and examine the effects on your body, mind, work, spirit, relationships, and any other areas that may be meaningful to you.
My Personal Statement And Philosophy About Being A Therapist:
I believe it is crucial for me, as a therapist, to take very good care of myself physically, emotionally, psychologically, educationally, and spiritually. I do this in a number of ways, such as choosing to take time to rest, refresh myself, renew my spirit, attending professional and personal workshops, and by simply taking time to take care of myself by doing other things than therapy that give me joy, such as being with the people I love, giving workshops, traveling, teaching, and writing. It is my belief that work is not the most important thing in life and I do my best to practice what I preach by taking care of myself in ways that reflect this belief.
Here Is Some Information About My Practice You May Find Helpful:
I don't take insurance and that might have a bearing on your decision about seeing me.
I work with clients in the areas of depression, anxiety, sexuality, and LGBT issues.
I do not see smokers, nor do I see people who are in the process of trying to quit smoking.
My fee is $95 for a 60 minute session. This is probably the least expensive fee in Atlanta to see a counselor in private practice with a doctorate and over 20 years experience. Why is this my fee? Simple: I discovered the hard way that many people want to see a counselor in private practice rather than one in a different setting for a wide variety of reasons. When I moved back to Atlanta after being away for close to 3 years, I checked around to see what the going rate was for a therapist with a doctorate and over 20 years of experience and discovered that there was a time in my life when I couldn't have afforded to see someone in private practice. That influenced my decision to charge what I charge.
Please don't make the mistake of equating inexpensive with ineffective, at least not with me anyway. My intention is to make counseling fees more affordable for people who want to see a therapist in private practice and for people who do not want to use their insurance.
When someone needs counseling, I do not want money to stand in the way of them getting that help.
How I View The Counseling Process
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The Nuts And Bolts
About My Practice
Due to the COVID-19 virus, my practice is changing dramatically. No more seeing clients in person. If you're looking for a therapist, please contact me and we'll discuss the possibility of online counseling. There are pro's and con's and I want to be sure you understand them.
Most of the information that follows is correct except for the parts about traveling or about anything that would be impacted by COVID-19.