Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS COUNSELING?
Counseling is a healthcare service that helps you clarify your thinking, move past difficult events, and/or figure out your next steps in life. Counseling is appropriate for ages 3 to 103, and different approaches best serve different age ranges. I am best suited to serve people between the ages of 19 and 50. My services are licensed by the state of Georgia and regulated by a state board for counselors and therapists. I only offer my services to residents of Georgia who are within state lines.
WHAT ARE YOUR FEES?
I charge $130 for a 55-minute session. Special pricing may be available in some limited cases, so feel free to ask. I accept HSA cards in most cases. I provide superbills if you would like to file with your insurance for reimbursement.
DO YOU GIVE SPIRITUAL ADVICE?
Yes and No. Good counseling is not focused on advice-giving. I focus on helping you figure out what may be holding you back from personal, spiritual, and relational growth and/or what you really want out of life. I won't put ideas in your head or force my beliefs on you. I'm no Bible scholar, but I've been around the Christian church long enough to have faced most of the crises of faith that we all eventually encounter. You'll be accepted, as Brennan Manning said, "Just as you are and not as you should be. Because none of us are as we should be."
Can I Really Learn to Manage ADHD?
Yes. Yes you can. Lots of new literature has come out on this topic over the past few years. Books like ADHD 2.0 offer lots of helpful insights on what research has taught us over the past decade. The truth is that exercising, practicing balance, eating healthily, and becoming more mindful of your emotional state can help you "put on the brakes" inside your mind. You can learn to focus more, get more done, and silence the rumination and brooding cycles. You can unlock your creativity and improve your relationships. It might take medication, or it might not, but therapy will help you regain control over your creative mind.
DO YOU RECOMMEND ANY OTHER COUNSELORS?
Absolutely! Metro Atlanta is home to some wonderful folks providing similar services. I recommend finding someone who:
1 - You "click with" and feel comfortable talking to about deeper issues
2 - Is a qualified expert in your specific area of need (children should see a Registered Play Therapist, denoted by RPT)
3 - Is a fully licensed counselor or social worker (or higher) and is fully licensed by the state.
If you need specific recommendations, please contact me for a list of recommended providers. You may also wish to call your insurance provider to see who they cover.