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Frequently Asked Questions

1.

What happens on the first visit?
How long is it?

The first session is known as an assessment. This session gives you an opportunity to get to know me so you can decide if I am the right therapist for you. It gives me the opportunity to not only understand what you are struggling with in the present, but to gather information that will give me a thorough 

understanding of you so I can chose the therapeutic approach that will best serve you in your journey of healing.

The first session is about  1.5 hrs and you need to come in 15 minutes early to fill out paperwork. 

2.

Do you take insurance?
Do you take credit cards?

Yes, we do take Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. Payment is required at session. 

At this time we take BCBS Healthy Blue, NC Medcost, United Healthcare, Oxford, Aetna, NC Blue Cross Blue Shield,  and Cigna. So please give us call or email to see how we can best serve you.

3.
What is EMDR

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences.  Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal.  EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma.  When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound.  If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes.  The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health.  If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering.  Once the block is removed, healing resumes.  Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.

Resource: EMDR Institute

4.

Do you provide
online counseling sessions?

Yes, online counseling is available. The initial assessment is not available online due to the nature of the session and the importance of establishing a therapeutic relationship. Part of the assessment process is determining the right therapeutic approach for you, if online counseling can assist in the healing process we can discuss further how to integrate it in counseling.

If one chooses online counseling I do advice that online sessions are integrated with face to face counseling.   

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