Frequently Asked Questions
1. I need immediate support and am in crisis. Who can I contact?
A close friend or family member
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE
National Postpartum Depression Hotline: 1-800-PPD-MOMS
MOMS Line 1-866-364-MOMS
EMDRIA Get Help Now: https://www.emdria.org/page/GetHelpNow
Local Helpline: 281-CARE (2273) Hamilton County
Since I have my own counseling practice I am not equipped to handle emergencies 24/7. I will always do my best to respond to voicemail and email within 24 business hours and if there is a crisis as soon as possible. Thanks for being patient and understanding with me.
2. Your office is in Clifton... please tell me there is parking?!?
Yes! My office is at 3268 Jefferson Avenue. It's a great old brick building in the Clifton gaslight district with several offices, a private waiting area and yes of course a parking lot on the right side of the building. See the map below!
3. How long will I be in counseling?
That depends on quite a few factors. In general, we can work together to achieve immediate relief from your primary symptoms in 4-5 sessions. Promise. If what you are experiencing involves current or past trauma or uncovers additional negative self-beliefs it may often take longer. However, if you aren't interested in addressing some of those underlying issues that's OK and we can stick to and focus on immediate relief. Ultimately, I approach counseling as something that takes a great deal of trust. A big way to achieve that is for you to know that you have control. You and I will work together to set the tone for how often we meet. Many will start with 4-5 weekly sessions and then we may meet bi-weekly, then monthly and then for "tune-ups" as needed.
4. How long will our session be?
Approximately 55 minutes. If you would like to meet for longer please arrange this in advance with me. I find that meeting any less than 55 minutes not optimal for the work we are trying to accomplish together.
5. Do you only meet with Moms and Dads?
Nope. Moms and Dads in the perinatal period are my primary specialization but if you feel I might be the "right fit" for you for whatever reason contact me. I'd love to work together. Also, if we met when you were pregnant or postpartum and new issues have come up I am absolutely willing to meet again.
6. Can I bring my baby with me to our session?
Absolutely. I'm a mom so I know how complicated childcare can get. Babies and young toddlers are always welcome in session. If you are comfortable with it we can make it work! I have toys, coloring books, a boppy, etc to help keep them occupied and comfortable.
7. I can't get out of the house or to your office easily... how can I ever see you?
We have the option to complete our sessions through a online secure and private third-party platform. I chose to utilize the tele-counseling platforms offered by doxy.me and simple practice. Completing sessions this way allows us to both see and hear eachother much like when you facetime or skype with someone only it is confidential. This is often covered by insurance the same way an in-person session might be. Many moms choose to meet this way, especially after we’ve already gotten to know eachother. While your babies/toddlers are taking a nap upstairs you can go to counseling on your computer or phone.
My Doxy.me Link for telecounseling:
8. Is Christian-based counseling an option?
Yes, absolutely. Amazing healing happens when spiritual beliefs are part of the process. This is something I have personally experienced. With that being said, you are in charge of letting me know if you want to include spirituality and your relationship with God in our sessions. I always respect individual beliefs systems and comfort levels and meet with people of all sorts of different backgrounds. I will not work from a Christian counseling framework unless you ask me to. I am also more than happy to incorporate other belief systems if you teach me what that might look like for you.