WELCOME TO OUR PRACTICE
Intown Counseling & Wellness is a private counseling practice dedicated to holistic and balanced living. We provide therapeutic services that are tailored to meet your unique needs with the belief that everyone can lead a more fulfilling and mindful life. Through personalized guidance and interventions we strive to help people achieve success in their everyday lives. We each possess the ability to better regulate our emotions, manage our relationships, deal with pain and anxiety, quiet our ego and build lives that brim with purpose and meaning. We can learn to see our thoughts and emotions for what they are. We can learn to distance ourselves from them and view them from an unbiased perspective. With the help of a counselor, you can gain insight into your feelings and thoughts and learn practical ways to overcome ineffective responses and negative patterns. Therapy can provide you with support while helping you lift out of confusion and distraction towards clarity, meaning and direction. A way towards detachment, rediscovery, purpose, focus, discipline and free of ego, anxiety, anger, bitterness and baggage.
During therapy you will learn about mindfulness, which has to do with the quality of awareness that a person brings to everyday living; learning to control your mind, rather than allowing your mind control you. Mindfulness practice is the means of familiarizing oneself with awareness itself. The recognition of an innate, ever-present awareness is the foundation of positive mental health – psychological and emotional resilience and an overarching sense of wellbeing that can be effectively cultivated and relied upon. While learning to focus on the present moment, you’ll simultaneously work on your ability to control your attention. Few things affect our lives more than our faculty of attention. If we can’t focus our attention—due to either agitation or dullness—we can’t do anything well. You will also learn and gain insights to help you overcome mood disturbances including distress tolerance skills and emotional regulation skills.
Visit us at our beautiful offices located in the Morningside neighborhood or schedule a session at a time that’s convenient for you using your phone, tablet, or computer. Our physical office is conveniently located between the intown neighborhoods of Virginia Highlands, Druid Hills, Emory Village and Decatur. We are also easily accessible from Midtown and Buckhead. Our location offers a huge range of amenities, including access to several nature trails, picnic spots, Nickel Bottom Garden, South Fork Peachtree Creek and varied ecosystems within the 12 acres of Zonolite Park! Come a little early or instead of driving home immediately after your session, enjoy an up-close view of nature nestled within our busy city. Soak in the healing combination of professional support, nature, fresh air, sunlight and quiet before you get back to your busy day! On the other hand, you can’t beat the convenience of teletherapy. Using either our online platform or telephone, you can visit with your counselor from the comfort of your office, your car, your bedroom, your garage or wherever you feel most at ease or find most convenient. Whatever you chose, we are committed to providing a safe space for you. At Intown Counseling & Wellness, you’re free to be yourself and communicate your concerns in a supportive and nurturing environment.
While we have long hours available for therapy services, we process appointment inquiries Monday – Friday between 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. One of our staff members will do a brief telephone intake with you and match you with one of our therapists. Our staff consists of a diverse team of highly trained and specialized clinicians, each possessing a wide range of expertise and experience. We strive to schedule you with the best and most appropriate mental health professional based on your presenting concerns as well as any preferences you may have. If there is a particular therapist you would like to work with, please mention his or her name when you call. Feel free to read our staff bios if you would like a better understanding of the different areas of interest and expertise that our staff offers. Day or evening appointments are available Monday – Friday and some of our clinicians provide services on Saturdays.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is therapy right for me?
Seeking out therapy is an individual choice and 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 advice of counsel 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. Therapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, body-image issues, and general life transitions. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.
Do I really need therapy?
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you’ve faced, there’s nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you’re at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.
How can therapy help me?
A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
- Developing skills for improving your relationships
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
- Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
- Improving communications and listening skills
- Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
- Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
What is therapy like?
Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. It is standard for therapists to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during therapy sessions. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts around fifty minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. It is important 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. People seeking psychotherapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives. Here are some things you can expect out of therapy:
- Compassion, respect and understanding
- Perspectives to illuminate persistent patterns and negative feelings
- Real strategies for enacting positive change
- Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance
Is medication a substitute for therapy?
In some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what’s best for you. It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well being with an integrative approach to wellness.
Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?
If you have medical insurance with mental health benefits, then some or all of your fees may be covered. As a courtesy, we will contact your insurance company to determine whether you have benefits and if we are “in-network.” If so, you will be responsible for your co-pay at the time of your appointment. If you are not in network, your insurance provider will likely pay a percentage of the fees at an “out-of-network” rate. In that case, you will be responsible to pay for services at the time of your appointment and your insurance company will reimburse you a percentage of the cost. While we take insurance, many people, insured or not, choose to pay out-of-pocket to avoid releasing sensitive information to their insurance company. Most often, this is due to concerns about the privacy of protected health information, and the sharing of this information with health insurance companies and their affiliated entities. If you don’t have insurance, Intown Counseling & Wellness is willing to work with you. Reduced fee services are available on a limited basis; please call our office for more information.