Frequently Asked Questions
How do I schedule an initial session?
You can submit a request for a consultation below with the contact form, or you can call 678-298-9707 to request an appointment. After that, you will be contacted for a brief, free phone consultation. If your needs match the services Dr. Goodnight provides, you will be scheduled for a first appointment.
What should I expect on my first visit?
Initial sessions are 90-minute evaluations, where your individual needs and current symptoms will be assessed so that a treatment plan can be established. At the initial session, you will discuss what symptoms you've been struggling with, your treatment history, and what you hope to get out of treatment, in addition to discussing information about your life context, such as any ongoing medical problems, relationships, and social history. Prior to this appointment, you will be asked to fill out several forms, and these will also be reviewed in the first appointment. After 1-3 sessions spent working to understand your difficulties, Dr. Goodnight is usually able to provide an early idea of what course of treatment would likely be best.
How long will I be in treatment?
Dr. Goodnight specializes in cognitive-behavioral approaches that are targeted, skills-based, and usually short-term. That said, the length of treatment depends on a few factors.
What is evidence based treatment?
Evidence based treatments are forms of psychotherapy that have been backed by scientific research. To be an evidence-based treatment, therapy must be tested in multiple systematic, rigorous scientific studies. A great deal of research goes into determining what treatments out there reliably help people improve. Dr. Goodnight believes that sticking with scientifically based treatments while offering heartfelt, compassionate psychotherapy is the best way to ensure high-quality care.
What about medication?
Certain types of medication, such as antidepressants, can be combined with psychotherapy to enhance treatment outcomes. You may have already found benefit from medication or are working to find the right medication for you. If you do not want to be on medication, most people still benefit from therapy without it. You may consider starting with psychotherapy and testing how effective it is before you start a medication. Sometimes, effective psychotherapy can help you gain the skills toward weaning off of your medications, but this should be done under the guidance of a psychiatrist.
Do you take insurance?
Dr. Goodnight is considered an out-of-network provider for insurance companies, and is not in-network for any insurance company. Treatment is considered fee-for-service, and payment is expected at the time of service. If you would like to use your out-of-network insurance benefits, you will be provided with monthly invoices ("superbills") to submit to insurance so that you can receive partial reimbursement for the costs of treatment. Many people find that their out-of-network benefits cover a substantial portion of treatment costs, from 50-80%. Most FSA and HSA cards can be used to pay fees for therapy, as well.
What are your fees?
Dr. Goodnight's base fee is $175 per 50 minute session, and $300 for the initial, 90-minute diagnostic intake evaluation. However, your specific fee may be different depending on the services you require. Please call 678-298-9707 and she will be happy to discuss her fee structure with you.