I have never been to therapy before what do I expect?  Many come to therapy to learn new ways of thinking, manage anxiety, depression, stress, or learn ways to create change in ways to find fulfillment in life again. I honor that coming to a complete stranger to discuss life's challenges may seem daunting. I am here to compassionately meet you where you are at by providing a safe, supportive space. Together we can explore ineffective patterns, and work on strengthening coping , communication, problem solving skills, self compassion, as well as deepen relationships to effect lasting change


Do you offer Free Phone Consultations, and what happens on our first visit?   Yes, this is a great way for us to see if we are good fit, and to answer any of your questions. On our first visit we will expand on our phone consultation by gathering medical and psychological history, key events, relationships, current stressors, and goals you would like to achieve. 


How many sessions will I need?  I believe in getting you in an out of therapy, but as each individual differs in the intensity and length of issue, I encourage a collaborative effort to see what is best for you. Therapeutically, though I believe in solution focus treatment and setting time frames for your discharge, (i.e. 10 to 12 sessions)  you are never required to return after a session, that is unless there is a crisis for you. Please note, I am also ethically bound to refer you out to a more appropriate clinician if needed, or terminate if you are not benefiting from our time together.   


How much does a session cost and do you cover insurance?  Due to the enormous challenges of billing and seeking reimbursements from providers,  I can only offer private pay options. However, if needed I am happy to provide a superbill for you to submit to your provider. 


My fees are $185.00 for a full 60 mins, and payment is due after each session. I do offer sliding scale, but this will depend upon your annual income, and if I am able to accommodate your financial needs. Please let me know if you will need this option and we can arrange for a discussion on what would best suit your budget.  If I am unable to help, I will happily seek out and make a more appropriate referral .    


What if I need to cancel? If you need to cancel, I require a 24 hour cancellation otherwise, the full fee will be charged. You will be asked to fill out a CC authorization form at your first session, that I will keep on file and use only in the case of a late cancellations. 


Does what we talk about stay confidentialConfidentiality is important for a therapeutic alliance. I cannot release information about you without obtaining your written permission, except for the following cases : 1) Reasonable suspicion of abuse of children, dependent adults, or elders, 2) Reasonable suspicion that you are in serious danger of harming yourself or others, and 3) If there is a court order from a judge.  Please note: I will review these policies in depth and encourage any questions surrounding the limits of your confidentiality. 


What is a Marriage and Family Therapist ( MFT)? MFTs are highly trained mental health professionals who bring relational perspectives to health care. They evaluate and treat mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders with individual, couples, and family counseling, as well as assist with group therapy. A MFT's role is not to advise you on decisions, but instead assist you in finding your own path. 


Can you see individuals as a MFT? Yes!  MFTs absolutely may see individuals with all facets of issues. This is not an uncommon concern that we hear over and over again due to the confusion of the name and  licensing umbrella of a  Marriage and Family Therapist.  

    

Can you provide services to write letters for an ESA , testify in a court hearing, or deposition as percipient or expert witness?  Due to a conflict of interest, I do not wish to voluntarily 

provide these services to treat, as well as be hired to advocate for Emotional Support Animals , or assist clients in court proceedings that would include: testimony, letter writing, or signing declarations, as these may cause unethical dual forensic relationships. Please note, by Law there may be some circumstances in which I may receive a court order to testify on a client's behalf or not. Therefore, as part of my informed consent,  I require fees if these rare circumstances arise. 


You hold licenses in California and Georgia, are you able to practice in both states?   Yes I currently hold dual MFT licenses in CA as well as GA. Both licenses are in excellent standing with the state boards. I am also proud members of the California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists ( CAMFT) , and American Association of Marriage and family Therapists (AAMFT) , which are dedicated to maintaining the highest ethics and qualifications for the profession.     


Though you support all faiths , how do you implement Christian or Faith Based Counseling when needed?  In this orientation I will support the client with prayer if needed, a discussion of scripture, and the support of bringing in your higher source into session. I have vast experiences working with Christian, Jewish, and  LDS communities, and in particular, how Scrupulosity OCD affected their lives.


Are you an Affirmative Therapist? I proudly support the LBTQIA community, and recognize the immense benefits of offering a supportive, compassionate, and affirmative space to encourage positive self fulfillment in any sexual orientation, expression, identity, or exploration that a client chooses.


I still have more questions, what should I do?  Please feel free to contact my office and I will happily answer any further questions you may have . 



     


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   Candace Dale Mckenzie

       Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

     CA lmft 83315 / GA LMFT 001408