What are your qualifications?

Glad you asked!  I have 2 Bachelor's Degrees from Reinhardt University. A Bachelor's of Science in Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology.  I have 2 Master's Degrees from Argosy University, Atlanta. A Master's of Arts in Professional Counseling with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Master's of Arts in Forensic Psychology.  I am also a National Certified Counselor through the National Board of Certified Counselors (http://nbcc.org/), Gottman 7 Principles Program Educator http://www.gottman.com/, and trained in the Gottman method for couples. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia.   

My clinical experience has spanned community mental health, private practice, and volunteering my professional services for a non-profit. I have provided couples therapy, individual therapy for adult clients, and facilitated weekly groups for: 

  •  Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Panic
  • Medication monitoring for stabilized adult clients with various diagnoses.

What kind of clients do you see?

I see adults and couples. I see people with relational, emotional, and behavioral struggles. I provide therapy for individuals, couples, and groups. I do personality type & interest based career assessments for teens, young adult, and adults.

Won't it be awkward to talk to a stranger about my issues / concerns?

I work to create an environment that feels relaxing, welcoming, & even fun. I'm pretty easy to talk to, I promise. I know that coming in for the first session can be a little unnerving, so I try to make it as easy as possible for you. Whether there are skills you want to learn, habits you want to break, or if you are seeking balance in your life, I am here and will do my best to make it a comfortable and uplifting process. 


Can we come to couples therapy if we aren't married?

Yes! Couples therapy is for those who are involved in intimate relationships. A couple is defined as any two people in a committed relationship. 

We’ve been to other therapists before and it hasn’t worked. How is your work different?
Many therapies focus on the content of each issue and attempt to change behavior by telling them to do things differently. The focus of the work I do is on the process of interaction of each member of the couple, and the underlying emotions that drives that interaction. I believe as you learn to identify and feel more able to talk about what it’s like for you, the more likely you will be to slow down the process so that the negative cycle can be averted.

 What kind of results do you typically see from the sessions?
As with all therapy, the results are determined by your motivation. Some of the results I've seen from therapy are:

  • Couples are better able to address conflict
  • Couples are rediscovering the connection in their relationship
  • Couples feel their relationship growing stronger. This results in feeling re-energized, re-engaged, and reconnected to each other
  • There is a new focus on the “bond” of the relationship
  • Couples are reshaping the old “negative pattern” that is not working for them, while discovering the root of the issues

How will I know if you are the right therapist for me?

Excellent question! The quality of the relationship you build with a therapist is one of the greatest predictors of success in therapy. The best way to get a sense of our fit is to take a look at my website and get a sense of my approach. I also offer a free 10 minute phone consultation for new clients in order to assist you in determining if I am a good fit for you and your counseling needs. During this conversation, I will ask you to briefly explain your reasons for seeking counseling and to identify any key goals you have for therapy. If you wish to proceed, I will help you set up an initial appointment. This 10 minute phone consult is different than the other sessions you will have with me as no therapy takes place during a consultation. This is simply a chance for you and I to get acquainted with one another.  

It is important that you feel comfortable working with me, if for whatever reason you, or I, decide I am not the right therapist for you, I am happy to refer you to another counseling professional. Feel free to contact me to chat for a few minutes - see what I'm like.  678.496.3436


 What can I expect from our first counseling session? 

Our first session is mainly about information gathering and getting to know each other and will last approximately 90 minutes. This is called an Intake Session.  I ask why you made the decision to seek therapy, and if you have any questions about how therapy works.  During this time we will cover topics such as:

  • Family history
  • Your present concern(s)
  • Prior experiences you have had in therapy 
  • Medical issues which may impact your emotional well-being
  • Relationships
  • Substance use

I also ask about your schedule, interest, and background so I can get a sense of what your life looks like. We discuss:

  • Any challenges you're currently having
  • When the issue(s) started
  • How they affect your life
  • Any contributing factors you can identify

Finally we go over your goals for therapy, and I give you some input about how we could move forward together. At the end of our first session, we will decide whether or not to meet again.  I provide therapy for a variety of issues; however, I am also happy to make a referral to another provider if we believe it is in your best interest.  


How often will I have a counseling appointment?

The course therapy takes depends on each client's individual situation and needs. I begin counseling with you by conducting a thorough assessment, including assessing your goals and your desired outcome for therapy. I work with you to design a treatment plan aimed at helping you achieve your personal goals.

1 session per week is recommended for the first 6 to 8 weeks after your initial session (which may vary per client). After your first 6 to 8 consecutive appointments, this question may be revisited. As you approach the conclusion of your therapeutic work, your appointments may be less frequent. 

Most clients schedule appointments on a weekly basis, reserving the same appointment time each week. 

How long are sessions?

Individual sessions are usually 60 minutes, but I also offer 90 minute sessions. Couples sessions are 90 minutes. 2 hour couple sessions are arranged as needed. I also offer "Intensive" sessions, which are usually utilized in couples work. Intensives are just longer sessions that can occur: 3 hours in 1 day, 2 hours for 2 or 3 days in a row, or 90 minutes 2 days a week. This is beneficial in the early stages of couples work.


How long should I stay in counseling?

Every client is different, and I tailor therapy to meet your specific needs.  On average, the length of counseling usually runs from about 12 to 20 sessions after the initial session. My usual suggestion is to attend therapy weekly until you are steadily making progress in achieving your goals. At this point some clients opt to attend counseling every other week, eventually transitioning to once a month. Once your counseling process has come to an end, you will have the option of periodically checking in or reconnecting with me as the need arises.  


Do you accept insurance?

I am out of network on all insurance. That doesn't mean that your insurance won't cover some of your expenses at Synergy Counseling Innovations. Call your insurance provider to find out what they do cover for psychological treatment (see what you're out-of-network benefits are). I will provide you with a superbill. In layman's terms - you show up - you pay your bill - you submit / file the superbill with your insurance - they send you a refund in whatever amount they cover (if any). Generally, if you have out-of-network benefits, they will reimburse you at least 50% or more, and they pay you directly.  Insurance carriers differ on whether and how much they will reimburse for psychotherapy. I cannot guarantee reimbursement.

There are advantages and disadvantages in choosing to use your mental health benefits. Advantages may include a lower fee, while disadvantages may include having to assign a diagnosis, loss of confidentiality during the claims process, and forfeiting your right to choose how many sessions you feel you need.   


What are your fees?

I have a different fee based on the service you are seeking (i.e., Individual, Couples, Group, Assessments, etc.) You get the idea.

All sessions are payable at the end of the appointment.  I accept cash, check, and all major credit cards as well as Health Savings Accounts and Flex Spending Accounts. Please note there is a $35 return check fee. 

  • Initial Phone Consultation10 minutes         FREE
  • Initial Intake Session  90 minutes                $150
  • Individual Session      60 minutes                $125
  • Individual Session      90 minutes                $150
  • Couples Assessment Evaluation Package:  $575   Four, 1-1 1/2 hour sessions (Includes Gottman assessment to be completed by each partner online.)  
  • Couples session         90 minutes                $175     

 

How do I get started?

 Email CbradshawLPC@gmail.com for more information or to set up your intake appointment.