Frequently Asked Questions
How often should I be seen?
Therapy can occur weekly, every other week, or monthly. For clients who are able to attend sessions weekly in the beginning, this helps the therapeutic relationship develop more quickly and lends to greater momentum. From there, clients often taper their sessions to every other week or every few weeks. Occasionally we make strong recommendations, and other times we defer to what works best for you.
How long should I be seen?
Therapy can be short-term or long-term, depending on your needs and goals. If you know up front that you only have resources for a certain number of sessions, we can often work with that. If so, we’ll likely help you identify one particular goal to target in our work together.
Do you accept insurance?
We are not on insurance panels. Depending upon your presenting concerns, we may be able to provide you with documentation to file for out-of-network benefits. For example, clients who meet criterion for a mental health diagnosis are generally able to use the documentation we provide to file a claim with their insurance provider for reimbursement.
We understand that using insurance has financial benefits, at least at first glance. However, it’s important to acknowledge that insurance companies monitor healthcare records, including psychological records, to determine if patients should continue receiving care. While you may not mind someone reviewing a report from your dermatologist, you might feel differently about the prospect of someone reviewing your mental health records.
Insurance companies also require that clients are formally diagnosed with a mental health disorder in order to qualify for reimbursement. Many people come to therapy for personal growth and do not meet strict criteria for a mental health disorder.
Insurance companies may dictate how many sessions you are allowed to attend, how often, and even the type of treatment you receive. Insurance companies often advocate for manualized or short-term treatments which may not feel like a good fit for you.
Lastly, not being able to freely choose your own therapist can be costly over time. For one, there’s something to be said for working with a provider who feels knowledgeable about your presenting concerns, even better if they specialize in that area. Furthermore, research consistently tells us that the variable most predictive of progress is the therapist-client relationship.
No matter which route you take, we hope you’re able to choose a provider who can address your concerns and who feels like a genuinely good fit for you.
Do you offer sliding scale rates?
Yes. We offer a sliding scale to a percentage of our clients. We try to strike a balance between knowing the value of our work and honoring the needs of others.
In terms of value, we believe the work we do benefits the lives of others. We’re not trying to be dramatic or egotistical, but therapy has the potential to save relationships, careers, and lives. We’re of the mindset that therapy is as valuable as other services people invest in for personal happiness, enjoyment, and growth.
In terms of honoring the needs of others, we genuinely care or we wouldn’t be able to sustain careers as psychologists. We offer a sliding scale to a percentage of our caseload to help clients who wouldn’t be able to afford therapy otherwise. We try to focus our sliding scale work in the area of addiction. We do this for a few reasons - there’s a substance abuse crisis in our country, addiction is one of the most life-threatening mental health issues a person can have, and unfortunately few therapists have training and experience in this area. Of course there are exceptions, but we believe addiction is where our sliding scale is needed most.
To schedule a consultation, simply complete the form below. Please feel free to indicate if you are interested in learning more about our availability for sliding scale therapy for substance use disorders.
What type of visits do you offer?
We offer in person therapy, video therapy, and walk-and-talk therapy.
In Person Therapy: Our office building is located near the Marietta Square off Whitlock Avenue. There's plenty of parking in front of and behind the building. Our entrance is discrete, and our offices are warm and inviting. Here's our address: 70 Whitlock Place Suite 100 Marietta, Georgia 30064
Video Therapy: For video visits, we use the HIPPA compliant platform, Simple Practice. We also use a HIPPA compliant version of Zoom for virtual group therapy sessions. Research shows that video visits are as effective as in person visits. Depending on your presenting concerns, there are times we may encourage in person sessions, at least periodically. For the most part, we support what works best for you.
Walk-and-Talk Therapy: Walk and Talk therapy is exactly what it sounds like - therapy that takes place with a licensed mental health professional while walking outdoors. For more information, please see Dr. Casey's blog about the benefits of walk-and-talk therapy as well as factors to consider beforehand.
What ages do you see?
We work with adults and adolescents.
What's your approach to therapy?
Thoughts on the Cause of Distress: We believe that biology, culture, opportunities, and relationships often intersect to create struggles (and strengths). Considering the cause of distress is important for a couple of reasons. First, it can indicate an effective treatment approach. Second, it can help clients increase self-compassion as they work toward change. For example, if a person has a significant family history of depression, then strategies that target the body such as mindfulness, physical activity, and medication may be important components of their treatment. Additionally, recognition of their family history may decrease self-criticism when experiencing common symptoms of depression such as loss of interest, fatigue, and low motivation.
Therapeutic Approach: We provide evidence-based therapy that is guided by research while not being constrained by it. On one hand, we know that the scientific study of psychology is important. For example, because of research we now understand that mothers are not to blame for the woes of the world, which was the prevailing belief in the earliest days of psychology. Of course, mothers knew better without this research, but the research didn’t hurt. The science of psychology has also helped us discover that specific types of therapies, when administered in a specific way, are more effective for certain symptoms. On the other side of this discussion, we acknowledge that that context is everything, and individual differences will always exist. As Dean Fixsen once said, “In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.” Instead of resisting the realities of subjectivity, ambiguity, and the inherent messiness of working with something as complex as the human mind, we lean into them. This balanced approach allows us to be both thorough and thoughtful in the practice of psychology.