Where is your office?
My office is located at:
368 Highland Colony Parkway Ridgeland, Mississippi 39157
When we make our first appointment, I’ll send you detailed directions.
How do I set up an appointment?
Call me at (601) 594-1961 for a free 15-minute consultation.
What are your hours, and do you see people after hours or on weekends?
I see people Monday through Friday, beginning at 8:30 a.m. My last appointment is at 5 p.m.
I can occasionally see people very early on weekday mornings or Saturday mornings.
What do you charge, and what forms of payment do you accept?
I charge $195.00 for an hour and $250.00 for an hour and a half.
I take checks, credit or debit cards, and cash, and payment is due at the time of service.
Why don’t you take insurance?
I don’t take insurance for several reasons, the most important of which are confidentiality and diagnoses.
To secure reimbursement, like any other health care provider, I must share a great deal of information with your insurance company, which will first require me to give you a mental illness diagnosis. Otherwise, even if you’re seeking only help, guidance, or personal growth, your insurance company won’t pay for your sessions.
Also, even if you meet the criteria for a mental illness and I give that diagnosis to your insurance company, it could drive up your premiums, or they may consider your diagnosis a “pre-existing condition.”
Once you do have that diagnosis on your record, you may have to answer “Yes” if a job or other type of application asks if you have ever received a mental illness diagnosis.
Is any of this fair or reasonable? No. But that’s how insurance works.
However, some insurance companies will reimburse you directly if you file for yourself with the receipt form I can supply. I currently have and have had clients that have successfully secured direct reimbursement for their sessions. It all depends on your insurance company and your particular policy.
What is your cancellation policy?
I’ll send you a reminder text the day before your appointment. If you can’t make your appointment, let me know as soon as possible.
If you don’t notify me the day before or just don’t come, you will incur the full fee for your missed appointment.
What kinds of people do you work with? What do you do?
I work with individual adult men and women.
When you first come in, I listen carefully to what brings you into counseling.
Then, together, we decide on what’s most vital for you to solve or change. We discuss and plan the best approach to do that.
Where do dreams and dreamwork come in?
Your dreams are an excellent tool to show us your inner conflicts and dynamics you may not be consciously aware of yet may be the very things holding you back from taking action or making needed changes.
Tracking your dreams over time can give you insight into patterns you may be repeating in your life. Your dreams can often offer possible solutions, as well.
Can you give me an example of how dreams work?
I dreamed I was in France during the Nazi occupation in WWII. As a member of the French Underground, I had been captured by the Nazis and was awaiting execution.
It was a nightmare, and it served the purpose of all nightmares – it came to wake me up. Upon awakening, I realized that something Nazi-like in my nature had “captured” me.
I had been acting like a Nazi to employees and family members, including my husband and son. I demanded rigid adherence to schedules, getting things done without regard to how I made people feel.
I realized I had to make conscious changes in how I treated people, especially those I loved most.
Is that all you do? Dream stuff?
No, while I know the value of dreams and what they offer, ultimately, I’m a pragmatist.
Together, we can try different approaches until something clicks for you.
How can I make the most of counseling?
Seeking counseling is scary.
It means getting honest and being vulnerable. It means putting into words what might seem like unacceptable or unwanted thoughts and feelings.
So, take a deep breath – and do it. The faster you tell your truth and speak your needs, the faster things will change for the better.
What are three things I can do right now to feel better?
Play your favorite song and sing along at the top of your lungs. Join a choir. Join a band. Take singing lessons.
Sing to your baby. Sing to your dog. Singing is a secret weapon against anxiety and depression.
Take exploratory walks in your neighborhood or town. Name things to yourself as you pass them as a form of walking meditation.
Write a thank you note to someone who has helped you, recently or long ago. Make it as specific as you can including what their help meant to you.
Feeling and expressing gratitude is another secret weapon against anxiety and depression.
What is your training?
I have a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Mississippi College. The program there is credentialed, and I’m licensed as a professional counselor (LPC) in Mississippi.
In addition, I’ve received extra training in dreamwork at the Haden Institute and have facilitated dream groups for over 20 years. I’ve also led numerous dreamwork and spirituality workshops around the Southeast.
I also have a degree in accounting from the University of Mississippi. Before becoming a counselor, I helped run a family retail business, Mori Luggage & Gifts, for almost 25 years.