What are your office hours?
At this time, I do not offer Friday, weekend or evening appointments. I am out of the office on most major holidays.
Where are you located?
I am located in Uptown New Orleans. I am walking distance from both Tulane and Loyola, and easily accessible by the street car. Free on street parking is also available. I am above the the Earth and Fire Pottery Store on Adams Street behind the Maple Street Starbucks.
What are your fees for service?
Initial Counseling Intake (60-75 minutes), $125
Individual Counseling Session (53 minutes), $100
Individual Counseling Session (90 minutes, typically NOT covered by insurance), $150
Do you accept insurance?
I am an in-network provider for most Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO plans and the Tulane Student Services United Healthcare plan.
If you wish to use out-of-network benefits and these are available on your plan, you are responsible for the full fee at each session.
(See Rates and Insurance for more detailed information)
What if I need to cancel my appointment?
If you can no longer attend your appointment, please inform me via e-mail, text or phone call 24 hours or more prior to your appointment time. If you cancel within 24 hours of your scheduled appointment time, you are responsible for the full fee of your scheduled session. In the case of an emergency or illness, the cancellation fee is typically waived.
What is EMDR?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress.
How does EMDR work?
No one knows how any form of psychotherapy works neurobiologically or in the brain. However, we do know that when a person is very upset, their brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. One moment becomes “frozen in time,” and remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings haven’t changed. Such memories have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to other people.
EMDR seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information. However, following a successful EMDR session, a person no longer relives the images, sounds, and feelings when the event is brought to mind. You still remember what happened, but it is less upsetting. EMDR appears to be similar to what occurs naturally during dreaming or REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. Therefore, EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way.
Please check out http://www.emdria.org for more information on the therapeutic effects of EMDR.
Information taken from http://www.emdria.org/ on 9/21/2016.