Frequently Asked Questions
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.
What are your hours?
Hours are currently offered Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Evening hours are available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Evening hours are limited and may not be as readily available as morning or afternoon appointments.
What are your fees?
Fees are as follows: $130 for individual session, $130 for couple’s session
All sessions are 50-60 minutes, there is a charge for any extended sessions
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.
Do you accept insurance?
I am in-network with Ambetter, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Kaiser and Medicare. It is important to get the particulars of your plan from your insurance company. Prior to the first appointment my office can verify all the details of your insurance plan so you know exactly what will be covered. In addition, some insurance companies are willing to reimburse for care with an “out-of-network” provider. I am 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 if you do choose to go out of network.
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.
How to get started?
To make an appointment for an initial visit, call (678) 699-0021, or you can contact Beth by email. It is helpful to know what kind of issues or needs you would like help with. Also let Beth know what your schedule requirements or preferences are and what, if any, insurance you are hoping to use.
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.