How can therapy help me?
Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.
What is therapy like?
What is my role in therapy?
Do you take insurance?
Please note that utilizing me as an out-of-network provider limits some of our confidentiality. Insurance companies require that I provide information relevant to the services that I provide. I am required to provide a clinical diagnosis. Sometimes, additional information, such as a treatment plan or copies of your Clinical Record is required. If such information is requested, I will make every effort to release only the minimum information about you to satisfy this request. This information will become part of the insurance company files. I have no control over what they do with it once it is released to them. It is important to remember this limit of confidentiality, and that you may self-pay for services in order to avoid the aforementioned complexities.
Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
Except for a few scenarios listed below, yes. Confidentiality is one of the most important components between you and I. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive and personal subject matter. I will provide a written copy of my confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent.” Sometimes, however, you may want me to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team, but by law, I cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.
State law and professional ethics require me to maintain this level of confidentiality except for the following situations:
- If there is past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, or elders by yourself or someone you know
- If I have reason to suspect you are seriously in danger of harming yourself via a suicidal plan and/or intent
- If I have reason to suspect you have a plan and/or intent on harming another person
- If my protected clinical files are ever subpoenaed by a court of law
It is also important to note these scenarios where information about your case may be shared:
- In cases of using me as out-of-network provider, your insurance company has the right to ask for certain information about your treatment. I must also supply them with your mental health diagnosis. This information will become part of the insurance company files. I have no control over what they do with it once it is released to them.
- I may discuss information regarding your case during peer-consultation or clinical supervision. Please note that client information (including first and last names) is never shared, and I am extremely intentional about only sharing non-descript and generic information.
What is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker?
A Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) must meet strict educational and training requirements to include obtaining a Master’s Degree, three years of supervised professional clinical experience, and successful completion of two state examinations.
An LCSW has been trained in psychotherapy and helps individuals deal with a variety of mental health and daily living challenges to improve overall functioning. An LCSW is steeped in academic studies including sociology, human growth and development, mental health theory and practice, human behavior in the social environment, psychology, and research methods.
After receiving licensure, LCSWs are required to earn 35 continuing education units bi-annually to maintain their licensure status. LCSWs are regulated by the State of Georgia and accountable to the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Social Workers.