What do all those letters behind your name mean?
I’m a licensed professional clinical counselor who is also permitted to supervise other counselors who’ve not achieved independent licensure yet (LPCC-S). I’m also a licensed independent chemical dependency counselor (LICDC). This means that I went to school for awhile, took a couple tests, and have been practicing for a long time – and that more importantly the state of Ohio grants me the rights, responsibilities, and privileges that come with having those licenses.
What ages do you work with?
Currently, I am accepting adult and adolescent clients via telehealth online counseling and personal/professional coaching. I am not currently accepting clients younger than 13 at this time but I am happy to refer you to someone who can help.
What hours are you available?
I keep somewhat odd hours, as I work third shift at a hospital when I’m not doing teletherapy. So, I am available on select days in the evenings, early mornings, and for other night-owls like me, I also am available late at night. You can see my availability at the Client Portal and schedule your appointment right now!
What kinds of issues can you help me with?
When we meet for your initial consultation and assessment, we will discuss whether or not this modality of treatment will benefit you and how it works best. I find that talk therapy works for most people but there are some specific issues that are less appropriate for online therapy. Depending on the severity and nature of your presenting problem, I may refer you elsewhere before or after we meet for the first time in order to ensure you’re getting the best help possible.
Why don’t you accept insurance?
Insurance billing can sometimes be prohibitive in the types of services allowed. In order to be as flexible as possible, I’m only accepting self-pay clients at this time. We do accept FSA and HSA cards in addition to VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, and AMERICAN EXPRESS.
Why are only you doing telehealth online counseling?
During the COVID-19 crisis, it became clear to me that more mental health services are needed. Setting up a “virtual practice” was the quickest way I felt I could respond to the needs. It’s also more economical for me at this time, as I am only carrying a small caseload of clients and wish to keep my overhead as low as possible.
Can we be friends on social media?
It’s a tricky thing, social media. In 2020, those sites are sometimes a primary way people connect with one other. But due to the importance of your confidentiality and the importance of minimizing multiple relationships, I do not accept friend or contact requests from clients on any social networking site profiles (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, etc). I do have a FaceBook page for marketing purposes but will not communicate privately with clients on that platform.
What is a “multiple relationship?”
We used to call them “dual relationships.” Basically, it just means that I can’t counsel people that I know from other aspects of my life. Unlike other businesses, I can’t provide professional services to family or friends or co-workers. Part of the reason counseling works so well is that there is a “professional detachment” that allows me to focus solely on your needs during our sessions.
This doesn’t mean that I won’t be friendly or warm and in fact, sometimes that’s why it’s so confusing; because you are sharing really intimate information and are being validated and cared for that you sometimes desire a closer relationship with your counselor.
This is all very normal and I promise that I will do my best to navigate this issue in a way that is transparent, judgment-free, and not distracting to our work together.
I see that you went to a Christian college. Does that mean that you are a Christian?
I am happy to discuss how all of my views and philosophies impact my work as a counselor at any time in order to focus on how I can help you meet your goals. My faith, my worldview, my education, and my life experiences all inform my interactions with people in positive ways. I promise to be respectful of your viewpoint, identity, faith, and philosophy in order to help you navigate your own “stuff” – no matter what if we share the same ideologies or not.
I Googled you. I have A LOT of questions.
Since we live in an electronic age where there is access to so much personal data online, I think it’s only fair that I tell you upfront that yes, if you google me, you will find information about my career as a professional wrestling personality, reviews I’ve written about local theatre, my online interview show, news stories, and information about plays I’ve written, and probably lots more. I have a lot of hobbies and interests outside of work. Just remember – counseling is supposed to focus on the client, not the counselor, and so while I’m happy to answer your questions about any information you may have discovered about me, its important we stay focused on your goals and your life to make sure you’re getting the best possible treatment. (But, yes, I have a lot of fun and no, I won’t be googling you back.)
Please let me know what other questions you have. I look forward to speaking with you soon!