FAQs

Are my therapist sessions confidential?

One of the key benefits of therapy is the confidentiality.  Generally, all that we speak about will be confidential. However, there are some legal exceptions. Please see link for more info or ask me directly:

http://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/psychpedia/client-confidentiality

How do I know if I need therapy?

Everyone experiences stress, sadness, grief and conflict, so when you’re feeling off it can be hard to know if it’s time to see a therapist. Here are some signs that it may be helpful to see someone:

  • Your mind is consumed with negative, anxious or past thoughts that disrupt your day or mood
  • Emotions are heightened and you feel like you are about to explode, snap or lose it at any moment
  • Coping mechanisms don’t seem to be enough or unhealthy coping skills are being used to compensate (ex. excessive drinking)
  • Feeling disconnected from the world and or loved ones
  • Experiencing a lack of emotions, such as, numbness
  • Thoughts of suicide or homicide
  • You just aren’t where you want to be in your life and want direction

Additionally, therapy can be used for prevention of a problem. In fact, being proactive about a potential or small problem can prevent future hurt and save time and money on healing.

When in doubt, use the complementary session to discuss this question to see if its needed or desired.

How do I know if Sarah will be a great fit for me?

In order for therapy to be effective, it is important to find a therapist whom you are comfortable with. It can be frustrating to spend money for a session, only to find out that the therapist can’t meet their needs or isn’t a good fit.

This is why I offer a complementary session to honor your time and money. I can answer any questions and address any concerns you might have.  You can request a free session by clicking here.

I look forward to hearing from you!

How do I schedule an appointment?

Free Consultation

If this will be your first session with me, I highly suggest we have a brief introductory call to ensure we are a good fit.
Click here to request a free first session

Schedule by phone

Please feel free to call my number directly and I will schedule you. If I don’t answer, leave a message and I will contact you within 24 hours. If messages are left on Fridays, please give me through Monday to return your call.
Call me at (770) 954-8154

Schedule by email

If you’d prefer, you can email me to request an appointment. Once I receive it, I will contact you via email or phone number provided to confirm.
Email me at sarah@hopenothurt.com

How long is a typical session?

A typical session is 50 minutes, however, longer sessions are available if needed.

How many sessions will it take to feel better?

No one likes this answer, but it response time to therapy varies from client to client. Progress varies depending on commitment and presenting issues. Although we want to be changed quickly, we are not robots and it does take time. Most people begin to feel better after the first session and any relief is progress.

What is the cost and payment options?

The cost varies upon the type of counseling.  Lets chat about what that would look like and the according cost. Payment options include cash, credit & debit cards and Health Savings Account Cards (HSA).

What should I expect in my first session?

This varies depending on many factors, however, I like to get to know my clients and really understand what difficulty he or she is experiencing. I prefer to set goals to have a clear understanding as to what is to be accomplished and determine if any additional tools are needed to aid with overwhelming emotions between the first and second session.

Will I have to talk about uncomfortable topics?

It is your choice as to what you would like to talk about. The more open and honest you are, the better I can help you, however, comfort is vital.

Will my insurance cover therapy?

No, all of my billing is self pay, however, some insurance companies provide reimbursement post appointment. Call your insurance provider to inquire about their policy and process to do so.