Frequently asked questions
What is therapy and how does it work?
Everyone comes to therapy for different reasons and with different goals, so the process of therapy will look different for everyone. In general, therapy sessions with me will involve: discussion of current stressors, your personal history, and your goals. The more involved you are in therapy sessions, the more likely you are to achieve results. However, change can be slow, frustrating, and at times difficult. Therapy is not easy, and there are no instant cures. I will stand by you throughout it. I am committed to creating a supportive space, without judgment, where we can do this work together. In time, relief from pain can occur, often followed by deeper levels of personal satisfaction.
How do I know you're the right therapist for me?
It may also be helpful to know who I typically see in my practice. At this time, I only see adults (18+) who reside in either Georgia or New York. I specialize in working with: depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, reproductive + maternal mental health, sexual health, relationship problems, and LGBTQ+ issues. I also have extensive experience working with artists and anyone struggling with self-expression and creative pursuits.
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Is this confidential?
There may be times when you find it useful for me to have contact with someone in your life, such as your family member, doctor, or psychiatrist. In these situations, you may sign a consent form allowing me to do so.
There are also some exceptions to confidentiality. Because I am a mandated reporter, I am required to report any potential or suspected child abuse, elder abuse, or if I feel you are a danger to yourself or others. Feel free to ask any questions for clarification.
Do I have to take medication?
Only if you want to. Research shows that the most reliable long-term solution to depression and anxiety is typically a combination of medication and therapy. However, every mind and every body is different.
As I am not a licensed prescriber, I can discuss your options with you and help you process any concerns about taking medication. I always encourage clients to work closely with their medical doctor to determine the best choice of treatment.
When appropriate, I can provide referral for you to a prescribing physician and work with that provider to coordinate your mental health care.
Is this covered by my insurance?
I am in-network with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Memorial Health Partners, and Candler/Care Network. For all other insurances, I am an out-of-network provider and can provide a superbill for reimbursement when needed.
I do offer a limited amount of sliding-scale spots to see clients without insurance at a reduced rate. Please contact me directly to discuss.
Can I bring my baby?
Definitely! It is always your choice whether it’s best for you to bring your baby to your session or not. However, babies (up till age 2) are always welcome to accompany you. If your session is via telehealth, it is never a problem if your kids or pets are present, as long as you are comfortable.
I aim to provide a calm, comforting environment where you can feel at ease while feeding, nursing, or caring for your child. Contact me so we can talk more about how I help facilitate your needs.
What if I'm not sure this is right for me now?
I get it. Starting therapy can be daunting for many different reasons. It requires time, money, and emotional energy. Finding a therapist whose training and personality fits well with your needs takes effort. And for most of us, asking for help is not easy. For all these reasons, I offer a free 15-minute consultation so you can discuss your concerns, ask me any questions, and feel out whether this seems like a good fit for you.
If it’s not, I totally understand and can offer referrals for other qualified providers who might better meet your needs.
Do you offer telehealth sessions?
Yes! I offer telehealth sessions via secure video platform for non-local Georgia clients and for clients in New York State. For clients in the Savannah area, telehealth sessions are also available as needed.
Calls are easy to access from phone, tablet, or computer. If you are using health insurance, please confirm coverage with your insurance carrier before scheduling.
How do I get started?
If we do schedule an initial visit, I will send you an email with a secure link to all of the paperwork you will need to complete online before your appointment. This can sometimes feel like a lot to do, but I find it’s very helpful to get this out of the way in advance so we can spend your session focusing on what you want to talk about.
Where is your office and can I park there?
For local clients scheduling in-person visits, my office is located in the Starland District of Savannah at 2431C Habersham Street (2nd floor) – directly across the street from Green Truck Pub.
There are 3 free parking spaces available at the base of the stairwell on East 41st Street. There is also plenty of free street parking on Habersham and in the surrounding neighborhood.