What kind of certification or license do you have?
I am a fully licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in the state of North Carolina since 2013 (license # C008498). This license allows me to be a “therapist” or “psychotherapist,” able to provide mental and behavioral health services in individual and group settings.
What is your training?
A Master's in Social Work (MSW) from East Carolina University (2008)
Practice areas such as local Department of Social Services and private psychotherapy practice
Interest and training in many modalities of mind-body-spirit including meditation, spiritual connection and the impact of mental health on chronic medical conditions, among others.
Duke-UNC Collaborative for Tobacco Treatment Specialists program March 2019
Disaster response and recovery as a social worker, mental health provider and community volunteer
Who are your clients?
I work with people (male/female/non-binary) ages 11 and older who are committed to the hard work of changing thoughts and behaviors as part of becoming their best selves and enjoying Life more.
What about medication?
Medication can only be prescribed by a licensed medical provider, which I am not. If medication is a necessary part of your individual plan, we will work with your preferred medical provider for optimal care.
What's therapy like?
At your first visit, we gather a lot of information to determine your individual needs. This visit is typically 90 to 120 minutes. It's also when we decide how to move forward. That's right – we collaborate on goals that work for you.
Depending on your needs, other sessions may be 30, 45 or 60 minutes. Often, especially at the beginning of our work together, we will meet weekly.
How long will I be in therapy?
Treatment length is based on your unique needs. Some of the wellness interventions have protocols that are typically three to six months. However, based on your desired goals, therapy may be longer. Each individual is different. Remember: all change requires energy, from you and from me, and in our work together.
What about insurance?
A mental health diagnosis is required by health insurers to pay for services. I am a participating “in-network” provider for the following insurers:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBS of NC) behavioral health network
State Health Plan of North Carolina (administered by BCBS of NC)
Medicare (“original” or “regular” fee-for-service Medicare only)
Optum/United Behavioral Health
Although "out of network" these insurers sometimes authorize in-network benefits due to rural access issues. Please contact insurer for details.
This practice no longer participates in North Carolina Medicaid programs.
If you have another payment source, I may choose to work with it. Please discuss with me before any visits.
You have the right to request a claim not be filed to your insurance company. Ask about this option before services are received.
If you do not use insurance or other program to pay for services, you are considered “private pay.” Private pay clients generally pay the full amount for services received.
So, really, what about the money?
Patients are responsible for amounts not covered by an insurance plan. Payment is expected at the time of service unless a payment plan is established. You may pay with cash, check or credit/debit card.
Payment is only one aspect of the therapeutic relationship. Let's talk about it in our consultation call.
Do you offer a sliding-scale for payments?
I do not offer a sliding-scale fee scale for uninsured or private pay clients. If you want to engage in therapy but finances are a barrier, please talk to me about payment options or other resources that may suit your needs.