Frequently Asked Questions for Adults
How Does This Work?
No matter what the issue, if your child is under 18 I will always want to speak to parents for the initial intake session. I will be gathering pertinent information, family history, and parental concerns, and providing information as to how I work. Young children will not need to be present for this appointment (they usually find it boring). Knowing that you are the expert in your child’s life, you and I will determine a basic plan for what best meets your child’s needs and how we should proceed. Older children and teens can be included in this determination and their input will help guide our decisions. If we decide I am a good fit for therapy, we will schedule additional sessions that may include the child alone, the child and parent(s), or the entire family. I will periodically request sessions with parents to monitor the child’s progress and address any concerns.
Where are you located?
Growth Therapy is a part of Athens Center for Counseling and Play Therapy. The address is:
485 Huntington Road #197, Athens GA 30606.
From Downtown Athens, head West on Broad Street towards the mall. Go past the loop and turn right on Huntington Road as though you were going to the mall. Continue down Huntington Road past the mall until you see an office park called Double Tree Place. We're #197, the next to the last building.
Please note we do not have a receptionist, so feel free to have a seat and make yourself at home and I will be out to get you. Covid update: our waiting room remains closed and we request all clients and guests wear masks inside the common areas of the building. If you want to wait in your car I will come out on the porch at our scheduled time and look for you.
Do you accept insurance?
I do. I am currently on the following panels:
Blue Cross/Blue Shield (will no longer be participating as of 1/1/2022)
*I'm not on traditional Medicaid. If you're looking for a provider for traditional Medicaid, you'll want to only look for psychologists and psychiatrists.
Please note that if you choose to use your insurance for mental health care, your counselor is required to share information about your mental health with your insurance company. If you'd like more information on how this works, let me know.
If I choose not to use insurance, what will I pay?
My standard rates are $150 for intake then $125 per session for individual sessions, $40 for group.
Should I tell my child/teen that I’ve made an appointment?
Ideally, yes. First sessions are scary because we don’t know what to expect. Please don’t tell small children you’ve made an appointment with a doctor. You can use the word counselor or therapist, or even friend. If your child knows his or her school counselor or other helping adult you can compare me to that person. You can let your child know that the first appointment is just for gathering information and that he/she will not have to talk about anything personal. Often children and teens feel better once they come in, meet their counselor, and learn more about the process.
Do you see adult clients?
I do! I work with children and former children.... I specialize in working with parenting issues, anxiety, postpartum depression, life transitions and crime victims. In addition to traditional talk therapy and EMDR, I sometimes incorporate expressive arts into therapy with adults. Let me know if that's something you think would be beneficial in your sessions.
Frequently Asked Questions for Kids and Teens
Will my parents come in with me?
For the first session, yes. That helps me find out more information about your family and tell everyone how I work. This ensures that your parents understand that I won't share with them anything you talk about. We can make a plan at that first session about how we continue, but unless you’re uncomfortable with the idea I typically will want to give you an entire session to yourself too. If you want your parents to stay with you, they can.
Are there rules?
I have three basic rules that I use when I work with children and teens. I try to remember to tell parents and teens my three rules when they come in for the first time.
1. Everything we talk about is between us unless someone’s in danger. There are some things I have to tell other adults so that we can work to keep everyone safe. If that happens I will always tell you first.
2. There's no right or wrong answer here, and you'll never get in trouble with me for anything we talk about.
3. If there’s anything you don’t want to talk about you don’t have to. You’re in charge of what you share, and I’ll be respectful if there are things you don’t want to talk about.
Do I have to talk?
I can’t force you to talk. See rule #3 above.
Will this be lame?
Possibly. I make no promises. That’s something you’ll have to decide for yourself once you come in for the first session.