Here are the answers to some questions I frequently receive. Contact me below if you have another one!
“How much do you charge?”
My standard rate per 50 minute session is $115. If finances are an area of struggle for you, please let me know. I never want money to stand in the way of you and the help you need.
“Why do you offer sliding scale, or reduced fee therapy?”
When I decided to quit my job in 2012 and go back to school for a Master of Arts in Counseling, I made a promise to myself. I wrote it down on a post-it note and carried it with me for a year. My hope was to obtain this degree so that I could provide mental health care for people who need it but cannot afford it at full cost. Counselors have been incredibly generous to me through out my healing journey and I wanted to provide the same opportunities for others. All of my clients pay something. I believe it is important for them to be fully invested in the therapeutic process. When I first meet with a client, we discuss financial availability and limitations and work together to come up with a doable number. Since I cannot support myself on reduced fees, I raise support to supplement the gap. This financial support ensures my ability to sustain and grow a unique private practice.
“Why is counseling so expensive?”
Like a medical doctor, the financial investment of maintaing my status as a mental health professional is quite large. I do not take home the full fee I receive. Ongoing costs such as office rent, malpractice insurance, licensure requirements, continuing education, seminars, marketing, and exam fees must all be accounted for. It is imperative that I stay in good standing with the state of Florida, and with partnering organizations in order to offer the best care possible.
“Are you a Christian or a therapist?”
Another great question. The short answer is “yes”. I am a Christian and I am a mental health therapist. I work with people from all different backgrounds and walks of life. I do not try to convert them. That’s not my job. My job is to provide effective, professional, first-rate mental health care.
Personally, I believe the ultimate healer is Jesus. He is the only person I know who has lived life on this earth perfectly. Being a follower of Jesus means loving people regardless of who they are or what they have done. I apply that to my daily life as well as my professional work. Sometimes people ask me about it and sometimes they don’t. My hope is that I live and work in such a way that people know they are cared for, no matter what.
“What are your qualifications?”
I am a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern with the state of Florida. That means that I have completed my graduate studies and clinical internships, and am qualified to practice mental health therapy while under the supervision of licensed therapists also in the state of Florida. For every 15 hours of therapy I conduct, I report to one of two supervisors who check in on my cases as well as my own personal well being. Once I have completed 1,500 hours of supervised work and passed the national mental health examination required by the state, I will be a fully licensed therapist and free to practice without direct supervision. At this point, I should be fully licensed by Fall 2016.
“What kind of therapy do you practice?”
That is a complicated question to answer. The short response is that I use a relational approach in my counseling with an existential bent and eclectic methods. Here is what that means in English: I was trained in a relational model of counseling, similar to the models of Dr. Larry Crabb and Dr. Dan Allender. I approach clients as whole people, not diagnoses or broken parts. I use metaphor and dream work, Gestalt approaches, Internal Family Systems methods, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Object Relations methods, Attachment Theory, and hands-on experience such as painting, coloring, egg-throwing, and music to give different people different outlets for their pain and suffering.
I have been, and continue to be, heavily influenced by (and grateful to) the following counselors, therapists, and psychologists who do great works in people’s lives: Dr. Jim Coffield, Dr. Scott Coupland, D. Jeremiah Simmons, Ted Mattis, Roger Shepherd, Dr. Chuck DeGroat, Sharon Hersh, Cathy Buckland, Russ Phillips, Dr. Diane Langberg, Michael Blackston, and Rachel Blackston.
Do you have another question or would you like to request an appointment? Please use the contact form below to reach me. I would love to hear from you.