Frequently asked questions

Do you accept insurance? If so, which insurance plans do you accept?


I am an approved provider for the following networks:

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia
  • Cigna
  • Humana/LifeSynch
  • United Behavioral Health
  • PHCS/Multiplan
If you are insured by a managed care company not listed above, your plan may include out of network benefits. I will be happy to provide you a Statement of Services so that you may seek reimbursement from your insurance company.




How will I know if you're the right person for me?


This is an important question to ask yourself. The process of opening up to a new person and sharing details of your life, your history, and your relationships is a deeply personal one, and I recommend considering the following prior to committing to a therapist (including me):

  • Is the clinician licensed? Clinicians who are licensed by the State of Georgia have completed at least a Master's degree in the field of study. They have also completed a period of supervised experience during which they continue to develop their skills. Most importantly, they must adhere to legal and ethical guidelines designed to protect clients and the public. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC006126 in the State of Georgia.
  • Does the clinician have a specific orientation, or lens, through which they see change happening? Some clients have done some extensive research and know that they want a specific type, or orientation, of therapy. Examples include CBT, EFT, and Object Relations. While I use a variety of techniques, my approach is based on feminist principles of empowerment--when we feel like we have the power to make change in our lives, we begin to see ourselves as powerful co-creators of our happiness.




You say you're a Multicultural Feminist. What does that mean? Do you work with men?


When I refer to myself as a Multicultural Feminist therapist, it means that I consider each person's experience within the context of his or her social and cultural realities, and how these realities oftentimes result in people feeling disempowered. In session, we may talk about how factors such as gender, race, sexuality, and socioeconomic location have contributed to the client's reasons for commencing and benefitting from counseling. I very much appreciate working with men, and men account for approximately 40% of my clients. I believe men can benefit from a feminist approach because they, too, have been affected by gender stereotypes and cultural expectations that may contribute to their current or chronic dissatisfaction.




What are your fees?


I make every attempt to keep my services financially accessible to those wanting to make a change in their lives. I accept most major health insurance plans (see above) and typically maintain several sliding scale options each week. We will discuss the details of the fee structure during our initial phone conversation. Cash, check, and most major credit cards are accepted, including Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.




Where are you located?


2801 N. Decatur Rd, Decatur, GA 30033 We are located in Decatur, GA at the intersection of N. Decatur Road and Dekalb Industrial Way. Free parking is available in the front or side of the building. The parking lot and building are ADA compliant. For those traveling via MARTA, several bus routes serve this location, which is about a 10-minute ride from the Avondale MARTA Station. In addition, 2801 N. Decatur Rd. is approximately a 30-minute walk from the Avondale station.





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