Frequently Asked Questions

Where is your office located?

I currently have multiple locations, so we can pick the office that’s best for you when we talk on the phone. I’m conveniently located in the Music Row area.

My primary offices are:

Monday-Thursday: Kinnard Building, 2200 21st Ave S #311, Nashville, TN 37212
Friday-Saturday: 1410 17th Ave S,
Nashville, TN 37212

What is coaching?

If you are ready for a coaching approach, then you are going to be best served by methods that both support and challenge you.

In my experience, many patients have told me that they talked to their psychologist but didn’t get much feedback–and that felt like a waste of time and money. You won’t feel that way if we work together.

Different approaches are important for different people. I prefer to use positive psychology strategies and techniques. That means we will keep your dreams and goals as the focus of our work together. Instead of focusing on negative symptoms (with the exception that I often use EMDR to reduce trauma symptoms), we focus on your values, strengths, and goals as central to our process.

Coaching is a wonderful option for clients who are self-supporting, resourceful, and ready to focus on changing their lives for the better.  We collaborate to create your desired future outcomes. I start with the premises that there’s more right than wrong with you and that you have all the resources you need within you to succeed in life.

How do I make an appointment?

Please call me at (615) 397-3304 to discuss what you want to work through.
After talking, if we both agree that we are a good fit to work together, we’ll set up an initial appointment.

Is our work confidential?

Yes, within limits, our work together is confidential.As a psychologist, I have similar legal standing to that of a lawyer in Tennessee, which means that your privacy is assured in almost all legal situations.

As a psychologist, I must act to protect in the event that you are at risk of harming yourself or someone else. By Tennessee state law, like any adult, I am obligated to report the suspicion of child abuse. These are the basic limits of confidentiality. We can discuss other possible exceptions should any arise.

Do you take insurance?

I am not “in network” because the insurance company has different interests than just our work. Insurance companies cap what I’m able to charge at rates that were probably reasonable in 1980 but no longer are. Being in network also means that the insurance companies have complete access to your records, so you don’t have the same assurance of privacy that I as a psychologist can provide.

Since I’m out of network, I provide you with a receipt for out-of-network benefits if you so desire. This receipt contains fees, dates of service and diagnosis, nothing more. If an insurance company wants more information, we will be notified and discuss how you want to respond. Any information that is released to a party beyond my office is no longer under my control. I’d rather you have control of whatever is released from my office.

How will I pay for my session?

My preferred methods of payment include cash, check, or on the free apps: Venmo and Cash. You may also pay by Visa, MasterCard or PayPal for a small convenience fee that covers the cost of processing.

Are there other office policies that are important?

As a psychologist, I strive to uphold the ethics code of the American Psychological Association. As such, your therapy goals are always the focus of our professional relationship. I have policies to protect our relationship, any of which you are free to ask me to discuss.

Here are a few important policies:

  • I ask that you not give me gifts, although I do appreciate the kindness of the thought behind such a gesture. I am happy to discuss the meaning of a gift, because that’s the most important part.
  • We will not have a social relationship outside the office.  If you see me in public, you’re free to say hello, and I can reply; but I’m not allowed to greet you first because that might compromise your confidentiality.  Although psychologists’ ethics code allows for social relationships after two years in some circumstances, I’m committed to being your doctor for as long as I hold a license to practice.  Therefore, I will not engage in social relationships with a patient or family member of a patient at any point in the future.  My office policies are designed to protect you and your treatment.  I’m always open to discussing them.