What is teletherapy and how does it work?
Teletherapy is therapy using a secure online platform. Most clients report they feel very comfortable and find it effective as in person therapy. I have been doing teletherapy for 10 years with numerous clients. I have attended a variety of trainings to fully understand how to use teletherapy platforms while following HIPPA guidelines. I am licensed in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Before our first session, I will send you the link to my virtual waiting room. The platforms I use are compatible with many phones, computers, and tablets. Simply click on the link I send you, type your name, and you are directly taken to my virtual waiting room where you wait until I begin the session. I encourage you to experiment with my virtual waiting room link to feel comfortable using it before our meeting.
Why should I consider teletherapy?
There are many benefits of using teletherapy. Here are just a few things to consider:
- Due to COVID-19, it ensures you and I are safe and eliminates health risks.
- Easier to start on time as you do not need to address traffic issues or other obstacles that may delay your arrival.
- You are able to stay in the comfort of your own home.
- If you have pets, being able to have them be part of the therapy.
- Easier schedule accommodations and fewer conflicts.
What if we lose connection?
I rarely have issues with internet connection during sessions. However, technology can be unpredictable. We will address potential issues as they arise. I always make sure you get your full 50 minutes.
Do you accept insurance?
Although I do not accept insurance, I am happy to provide you with a superbill to submit to your insurance company for potential reimbursement. Depending on your preference, I can send you a superbill after each session or once a month. Please contact your insurance provider to inquire about your specific plan's benefits.
What are your fees?
Individual sessions are typically 50 minutes (which are considered 1 hour) and are $160. At times, clients have asked for sessions longer than 50 minutes or some sessions require more time. Fees will be discussed for individual sessions longer than 50 min or family/couple sessions.
Do you work with adolescents?
Yes! I enjoy working with adolescents and am happy to work with clients as young as 13 years old. I was the Adolescent DBT director, individual therapist, and group facilitator of a DBT program for 10 years. I also worked 5 years with adolescents in an inpatient treatment center.
What can I expect for my first session?
You and I will speak before the first session to discuss briefly your therapy goals and to answer any potential questions. I will direct you to the forms on my home page and ask you to fill these out before we meet. Also, I will send you the link to my virtual waiting room and provide you directions on how to use this link. During our first session, I will perform a psychosocial intake, which is asking you a variety of questions regarding your mental and physical history, your past and current family information, relationships, your current symptoms, and your goals. This also gives you an opportunity to feel if we will be a good fit. At the end of this session, we will discuss a treatment plan to address your goals and ensure you also agree with my recommendations. Please note that sometimes it will take more than one session to fully complete an intake and develop a comprehensive treatment plan.
Do you offer coaching services or check ins?
I understand some of the hardest times you may experience are outside our session. I also know learning and practicing a new skill can be difficult. I am happy to offer brief, 15 minutes or less, coaching or check in calls for additional support as you learn skills and avoid ineffective behaviors. I do not charge for these limited calls. During the call, we will discuss your safety, your current feelings/thoughts, and identify skills for you to practice. I encourage you to journal after our call to help share with me your experience. These types of calls are not therapy calls. At our next therapy session, we will discuss the call in more detail and follow up as needed.