Frequently Asked Questions

Things You Might Want To Know About Me

I am licensed by the State of Tennessee as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I received my Master’s degree at the University of Memphis in 1988 and have been providing individual, couples and family therapy in the Nashville Area since 1990. Involvement in the community as both a psychotherapist and a citizen has been important to me and has lead to my participation with the Nashville Psychotherapy Institute and to my involvement with the task force that established the Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee. For several years I authored a parenting advice column in the Nashville Parent magazine entitled “Growing Up”. I both speak and write often about psychotherapy and do creative writing about southern life and family relationships.

Professional Memberships

American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists- Clinical Member
Nashville Psychotherapy Institute- Clinical Member and Past Chairperson
Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee- Clinical Member, and Founding Member
Certifications and Training
Certified Imago Relationship Therapist
Certified Group Psychotherapist
Graduate 2008 of the New Directions Writing and Critical Thinking Program, Washington Center for Psychoanalysis

Questions you might have

Does therapy work?
Rigorous scientific methods and evaluation are being applied to the field of psychotherapy, and are establishing the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral therapies, as well as family systems therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy. In short, yes, psychotherapy, when provided by an experienced and competent psychotherapist is very effective in helping people function better in their daily lives.   

How should I choose a therapist?
Choose a therapist who has experience in treating your particular concerns. A therapist should be licensed by the state to provide psychotherapy. You might want to make sure that the therapist has not ever been reprimanded by their licensing board. You should feel comfortable talking with the therapist and comfortable being in their office. Usually one face to face meeting will help you decide if you think you would be able to develop a good relationship with a particular therapist.

How often will I meet with my therapist?
Usually therapists meet with their clients at least once a week. If the client’s concerns or their level of distress is intense, sessions may occur more often. Meeting less than once a week is not recommended in the beginning stages of psychotherapy. Meeting at least once a week helps to establish momentum and to create a strong therapeutic alliance. As therapy progresses, sessions may occur less often.

Can I use insurance to help pay for therapy?
Many insurance plans do provide coverage for a limited number of psychotherapy sessions per year. Insurance companies require the therapist to provide personal information about the client as well as a psychiatric diagnosis in order to warrant the payment of claims. Once a claim is filed, neither the therapist nor the patient has any control over the personal information submitted to the insurance company. I am not currently on any insurance panels, but you may be able to recoup some of the costs of therapy by using your out-of-network benefits.