Frequently Asked Questions

What is an LCSW? 
What is a CACII? 
How long will I need to be in therapy? 
Do you prescribe medication? What are your beliefs regarding medication? 
What are your hours? 
What are your fees? 
Do you accept insurance?

What is an LCSW?

In the mental health field there are different training tracks to practice as a psychotherapist. In your search you will find licensed professional counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists, licensed Christian counselors, psychiatrists, and psychologists. All licensed therapists have a minimum of a Master’s degree. In Georgia LCSW are regulated by the State of Georgia- GA Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Social Workers. LCSW must have a Master’s Degree, three years of clinical experience, and receive 35 hours of continuing education every two years. 
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What is a CACII?

Certified Addictions Counselor II. This credential indicates that the counselor as received additional training in substance abuse counseling. The credential is issued by GACA (Georgia Addiction Counselors Association). 
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How long will I need to be in therapy?

This will vary depending on the presenting symptoms and circumstances. After the first two sessions I will be able to give you an idea on treatment prognosis and length of time in treatment. The style of therapy that I utilize requires homework. You will see results much sooner if you are willing to do the homework.
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Do you prescribe medication? What are your beliefs regarding medication?

I do not prescribe medication. You will need to see a psychiatrist for medication. In your search you will be looking for someone with a M.D. Many people seek individual therapy to avoid being on medication. I will provide you with information to assist you in making an informed decision about medication. Many psychiatrists want their patients to attend therapy in conjunction with taking the medication. Often times you will see better results.
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What are your hours?

I offer a variety of time slots to accommodate my client’s work and school hours. I have time slots as early as 8:00am and as late as 7:00pm. The evening slots are the most popular and fill quickly. If your schedule does not allow you to attend a week day appointment, I do offer some time slots on Saturday.
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What are your fees?

My fee varies depending on the type of treatment you are seeking. When you call or email to set up your first appointment we can discuss fees. I do accept credit cards, and I also accept cash or check. Payment is expected in full at the time of service.
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Do you accept insurance?

I do accept some insurance. It is your responsibility to call your insurance company ahead of the appointment to receive authorization and benefit information. You will be responsible for services not covered by your insurance. If you have a PPO you can see any provider you wish. If you have an HMO you will need to make sure that I am an in-network provider or the services will not be covered. When you call to make your first appointment you can ask me further questions about what insurance panels I am currently on. 
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