Questions

  1. What is an LCSW?
    Licensed Clinical Social Workers meet educational and training requirements including a Master’s degree in Social Work, three years of supervised professional clinical experience and successful completion of a state examination. After receiving licensure, LCSWs are required to earn 35 continuing education units bi-annually to maintain their status. They abide by a strict code of ethics and are regulated by the State of Georgia and accountable to the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Social Workers. LCSWs work with children, adolescents and adults in short or long-term therapy based on clients’ needs and in a variety of different settings. 
  2. What is an LPC?
    Licensed Professional Counselors meet educational and training requirements including a Master’s degree, three years of directed experience clinical experience, 2 years of supervision and successful completion of a state examination. After receiving licensure, LPCs are required to earn 35 continuing education units bi-annually to maintain their status. They abide by a strict code of ethics and are regulated by the State of Georgia and accountable to the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Social Workers. LPCs work with children, adolescents and adults in short or long-term therapy according to clients’ needs and a variety of different settings. 
  3. What are your hours?
    Currently we have hours Monday through Saturday from morning through evening and each associate maintains a different schedule. A fair amount of our clientele are school age, college age or working during the day, so late afternoon and evening hours are the most popular and may not be as readily available as morning or afternoon appointments. We will work to make the best match to meet your schedule needs. 
  4. What are your fees?
    Our fees vary depending on the type of service you are seeking and the therapist. Refer to our Forms page for some fee information. We will be happy to discuss fees prior to your first appointment. Some of our associates are able to offer reduced fees so be sure to let us know what your needs are. 
  5. What about confidentiality?
    Your visits are confidential and information disclosed in sessions cannot be released without your consent. However, there are certain situations involving abuse, neglect or the intent to harm oneself or others that the law requires us to disclose. 
  6. Do you accept insurance?
    Some of the associates are in-network with certain insurance companies. In addition, more and more insurance companies are willing to reimburse for care with an “out-of-network” provider. Please ask your counselor about their participation on your insurance plan, and be sure to get the particulars of your plan from your insurance company. We are happy to assist you with filing for insurance reimbursement or can provide you with an insurance claim form that will allow you to submit a claim should you so desire. Insurance can be very confusing. 
  7. How long will I be in therapy?
    Therapy may be brief, long-term or somewhere in between. The length of time you will be in therapy depends on the severity and nature of the problem you are experiencing and how long it has been an issue. You will get out of therapy what you put into it. Reaching your goals is a collaborative effort that takes place over time and your participation is crucial. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book, or practicing a skill. It is important to process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life between sessions. For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions. 
  8. How do I get started?
    To make an appointment for an initial visit, call (706) 425-8900, or you can contact any of our counselors by email. Let us know what kind of issues or needs you would like help with and, which, if any, of our counselors you feel might be a good fit for you based on their descriptions on here. Also let us know what your schedule requirements or preferences are and what, if any, insurance you are hoping to use. We will do our best to match you with the best fit or help you find someone if we cannot meet your needs. 
  9. What will happen at my first appointment?
    You will talk with your therapist about the issues that motivated you to seek therapy and you will be able to ask any questions you might have. Working with you, your therapist will suggest a personalized treatment approach and help you to identify your treatment goals. 
  10. Is therapy right for me?
    Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues, or problems with anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one’s life such as a divorce or work transition. Many seek the counseling as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. These include depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, body-image issues, and general life transitions. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in working towards change in their lives. 
  11. Do I need individual or marital/couples therapy?
    If your reason for seeking therapy is to improve your relationship, then working with a relationship therapist or someone who specializes in couples/marital therapy is recommended. If both parties are willing, joint therapy will be more effective in improving relationship issues. 
  12. What is Imago Relationship Therapy?

    Imago is based on the best-seller “Getting The Love You Want” by Harville Hendrix, PhD, who co-founded Imago Relationships International together with his partner, Helen LaKelly Hunt, PhD. Imago weaves together leading psychological theories and practical observations on the experience of love into an approach to relationships that is both compelling and easy to understand.

    Imago Relationship theory explains why the differences which lead to frustrations are actually a natural part of what originally attracted you to each other. Using insights from brain studies and major psychological research, we can help you look at the story of your relationship in a fresh way.

    The Imago Dialogue is a simple, respectful and effective way to talk with your partner about the things that really matter. In Imago, there’s no blame, shame or criticism. Instead, a stronger connection comes through attentive hearing and being deeply heard in an emotionally safe environment. Then surprising answers to age-old conflicts can emerge.