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.

  13. What is neurofeedback?
    Neurofeedback is a way to learn to control brain activity. It is self regulation for the brain—the feedback is a reflection of your brainwave activity. All the changes are made by you and your brain. The approach differs from chemical intervention by working with the physical circuits of thought and perception, with the understanding that ultimately balanced function produces balanced chemistry.

    The basic principles of how neurofeedback works are deceptively simple.

    Communication between groups of cells in the brain generates thoughts, sensations, actions and emotions. This activity is detectable in the form of brainwaves, or electrical impulses of various frequencies and amplitudes.

    In neurofeedback, this electrical activity is recorded by sensors (EEG) and displayed using a computer. Using this information, the neurofeedback practitioner feeds this information back to you (feedback) using auditory and visual cues.

    Using the feedback as a gauge, you are learning how to move from one state to another and into ranges of improved function. As the brain is rewarded for making specific brainwaves, it can gradually learn to alter its own functioning.

    The process is similar to other forms of learning: the more the brain is rewarded while being trained, the more it will function in that position after training.

    Through neurofeedback, you gain the freedom to choose your reactions rather than being overrun by them; you can reach states of mind that you normally aren’t able to, or break out of thoughts that are in a jam.

    Once balance is restored, many emotional and functional conditions fade naturally. You don’t lose the skills you already have; there is no risk in learning something new. The only change is that something that was out of your control is now under control.

    The applications are broad. Neurofeedback is used to teach children with ADHD how to calm and concentrate, and is rated level 5 “best” interventions for ADHD by the American Pediatric Association. NASA uses neurofeedback to train astronauts; it’s used by the US military as a new intervention for PTSD. It has proven successful with a great variety of disorders such as Depression, Anxiety, Fibromyalgia, OCD and Migraines. Neurofeedback has been used for peak performance training by Olympic athletes, professional athletes, business executives and others who simply want to improve their lives and perform better.

    “The literature, which lacks any negative study of substance, suggests that EEG biofeedback therapy should play a major therapeutic role in many difficult areas.  In my opinion, if any medication had demonstrated such a wide spectrum of efficacy, it would be universally accepted and widely used.”

    Frank Duffy, MD, Neurologist, Harvard Medical School Professor, Head of the Neuroimaging Department and of the Neuroimaging Department at Boston’s Children’s Hospital

  14. What can I expect in a neurofeedback training session?
    A typical session is approximately 45 minutes.  Two to four sensors are placed on specific points on the head and will read the frequency of brain waves at those particular points.

    Our computers divide the electrical activity of the brain waves into frequency bands.  Some frequency bands we will want to encourage, while others we may want to discourage.

    By rewarding the brain each time it produces the desired frequency, we help the brain learn to regulate its activity. So by listening to music or watching a movie with a reward sound in the background, an individual can learn to change their brainwaves.

  15. What is a career counselor?
    A career counselor assists individuals with developing their career plans while helping them to gain a better understanding of their interests, values, skills, and personality and exploring their career options. Career counselors can also help with college and graduate/professional school planning, job search strategies, career management, work-life and transitions. For more information about the services a career counselor can provide, visit the National Career Development Association.
  16. What is the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)?
    The Myers Briggs Type Indicator is one of the most commonly used personality assessment in the world. Based on Carl Jung’s theory of psychological type, this assessment helps with self-discovery, interpersonal relationships, communication, learning styles, and career planning.
  17. What is the Strong Interest Inventory?
    The Strong Interest Inventory is the most widely used career assessment in the world. It provides insight into an individual’s interest as it relates to occupations, work and leisure activities and educational disciplines. The assessment highlights connections between these interests and potential career options. Based on the results, the individual can determine how to move forward with their career and work goals.