Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Coach?

The short answer is: someone who helps you focus on getting out of life what is most important to you (even when you don’t know what that is yet!) and gives you the tools to keep doing this long after your final session. People typically hire a coach when they are reevaluating life choices, making a career transition, or simply feeling ready for a personal or professional breakthrough. 

What is Psychotherapy?

It's normal to have emotional ups and downs but when persistent symptoms start to negatively impact your health and relationships, then a psychotherapist can help you understand your symptoms, get relief, and provide an opportunity for personal growth. Independently practicing psychotherapists have, at a minimum, a clinical masters degree and clinical licensure through their state. As a psychotherapist, I have the training and skills to perform comprehensive mental health assessments and diagnose clients. I have extensive experience working with clients with anxiety, depression, and trauma. As a psychotherapist providing medically necessary, clinical services, you may also be able to get reimbursement for a portion of my fees through your insurance. 

What is the difference between coaching and therapy?

Depending on an individual's life experiences and needs at a given time in their journey, psychotherapy may provide a more appropriate healing space and longer time frame than a more action and results oriented coaching model, especially if you are struggling with mental health issues. I personally use a positive psychology (a focus on strengths that enable individuals or organizations to thrive) and wellness-based approach whether I work with ‘therapy’ or 'coaching' clients. The difference I typically see is where someone is starting from, in both mindset and present concerns, which helps determine the pace and results we see in our time together.

Regardless of where you are starting from or what modality is most appropriate for your needs, our work together is a partnership, a thought-provoking and creative process designed to inspire you to maximize your personal and professional potential.  I will be seeking to elicit solutions and strategies from you, believing in your natural creativity and resourcefulness. 

I believe my therapy training greatly enhances my coaching practice and I consult regularly with practitioners from both fields. If I feel that my services are not appropriate for your needs, I may refer you to another practitioner. I do not work with clients in psychiatric crisis.

Are we the right fit?

Certainly there are other styles, personalities, and approaches to this type of work. My approach is based strongly in my own experience and personality, which has its inherent strengths and limitations. I do what I do and I don’t do what I don’t do. I appreciate that there are a diversity of methods and approaches. Our initial consultation call will help us figure out the next steps to get you to where you want to go. 

How much does it cost?

I do not accept insurance. However, as a licensed clinical practitioner and depending on your insurance, a portion of my fees might be reimbursable. Call your insurance provider and ask about reimbursement rates for an out of network behavioral health provider. My fees vary depending on what type of assistance you need. If you think you would like to work together, contact me for a free consultation and for more information on pricing. I accept cash, and most forms of electronic payment, including HSA accounts.

How many sessions will I need?

I love it when clients are able to see results sooner than expected and prefer to give people the tools they need to keep moving forward long after they have finished working with me. Each client relationship is unique and will evolve as your life and circumstances flex. We will do regular check-ins about how the process is serving you and what you need going forward. With a coaching focus and a motivated client, many people can experience great results with anywhere from 4-10 sessions. The length of time for therapy oriented services will depend on your current level of functioning, the specific type of concern you have, and your capacity to make changes.

How have you helped your clients?

The transformations I typically see in my clients are:

  • Greater internal and external awareness and clarity
  • Increased resiliency and success in managing stress and negative emotions
  • More ease and confidence with themselves
  • Stronger connection with others and enhanced communication skills
  • Access to greater creativity and energy in building life balance and maintaining health
  • Increased openness to taking the risks needed to craft the life they want

My practice is currently virtual, providing Coaching, Integrated Psychotherapy and Clinical Hypnotherapy in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Chicago, Illinois and Atlanta, Georgia. Virtual appointments save my clients time and stress in getting to a specific location and allows for greater flexibility in scheduling. Many clients report no difference between virtual and in-person sessions. 

What is Hypnotherapy and how does it work?

Hypnosis is a natural state of altered consciousness that occurs normally in every person about 80-90% of the day and also just before he/she enters into the sleep state. In therapeutic hypnosis, we prolong this brief interlude so that we can work within its bounds and use it for healing for you.  With HEART-CENTERED HYPNOTHERAPY you are helped to become aware of, to understand and to resolve your conflicts on the very deepest of levels. In this way it is possible for you to do something constructive about your current situation and experiences. For more information, download the informational pdf below. 

What is "tapping" or EFT?

  EFT means "Emotional Freedom Techniques" and is a powerful self-help method based on research showing that emotional trauma contributes greatly to disease. Clinical trials have shown that EFT tapping is able to rapidly reduce the emotional impact of memories and incidents that trigger emotional distress.

Once the distress is reduced or removed, the body can often rebalance itself, and accelerate healing. EFT can be used as an immediate self-calming tool for distress, as a wellness routine, and also as a component of treatment for medical or mental health issues.  EFT uses elements of Cognitive Therapy and Exposure Therapy, and combines them with Acupressure, in the form of fingertip tapping on 8-12 acupuncture points.   

EFT meets the APA (American Psychological Association) standards for an evidence based treatment for phobias, anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Learn how to use this at home!

Tell me more about your work with teams?

As a certified Team Clock Consultant, I work with world class businesses and organizations to optimize team performance by breaking the cycles of struggle, diagnosing opportunities for growth, creating accountability for healthy team behavior, igniting innovation, and connecting changes in team effectiveness to measurable business results. Click here to find out more. 

What is Biofeedback or HeartMath?

Biofeedback is a mind–body technique in which individuals learn how to modify their physiology for the purpose of improving physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Much like physical therapy, biofeedback training requires active participation on the part of clients and regular practice between training sessions.

HeartMath is a transformational system of rigorous scientific research, validated techniques, leading-edge products and programs and advanced technologies to measure Heart Rate Variability (HRV) or heart rate over time. Using a pulse sensor plugged into a USB port, emWavePro (a HeartMath technology) collects pulse data and translates your body’s unique information into user–friendly graphics displayed on the computer screen. 

Clients are taught to create a coherent state through coherence techniques and interactive exercises and games. Personal coherence, also known as psychophysiological coherence, refers to the harmony between our physical, mental and emotional systems. It can be measured by our heart-rhythm patterns. The more balanced and smooth they are, the more in sync, or coherent we are. When we are coherent, stress levels recede, energy levels increase, and our brain and heart work together. It is a state of optimal clarity, perception and performance. 

What is this "Authentic Relating" work you do?

Do you ever have the feeling that you could be enjoying richer and more authentic interactions with people?

I facilitate half or full day events as a fun and potent introduction to advanced relational skill building. Your group will enjoy fun interactive social games with a unique focus on communication and relationship. Group and partner exercises invite you beneath the surface and into a deeper experience of yourself and others. You’ll experience feeling seen AND seeing others with greater depth and understanding. Relational Games are a safe and structured way to go beyond small talk and beyond superficial appearances. It’s an opportunity to have fun and celebrate with people while exploring what’s possible in connection.

Prepare to be surprised and inspired by how much you can connect with someone you’ve just met, or even someone you’ve known for years. When we explore what makes each of us unique, we often end up realizing just how much we all have in common. Appropriate for ages 10 and up: schools, churches, organizations, and more.  Click here to find out more.