FAQ

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. When treatment involves work on a specific problem with targeted treatment goals, psychotherapy is often quite short-term. Although treatment success cannot be guaranteed, many people find improvement with 16-20 sessions - sometimes even fewer. Sessions usually occur on a weekly basis over the span of a few months. Sessions may be 45-50 minutes long or 90 minutes long, depending on the treatment you are receiving. Exposure therapy often involves longer sessions, but typically also means your treatment course will be briefer. After a more intensive treatment phase, therapy often tapers down, with follow-up sessions to check in on your progress over time and to help you keep up the gains you make in treatment. There are times that there are many different, or very complicated, treatment goals to target. This is often the case with BPD, interpersonal difficulties, and other more complex problems (e.g., multiple disorders, self-harm, treatment-resistant problems, very severe disorders), which may involve a longer-term treatment course. After the initial session, Dr. Goodnight will be able to offer you a better idea of how long your treatment will likely take. We may need to negotiate this over time depending on how you are responding to the treatment and if you uncover more concerns you would like to address in treatment. Providing good psychotherapy means offering you what you need, no more and no less.




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. Evidence based treatment is made for you if you are experiencing specific symptoms, distress, and/or functional impairment in your life, and you are hoping for a solution that will lead to noticeable improvement.




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. Dr. Goodnight does not prescribe medication; in the state of Georgia, psychologists cannot prescribe medication. She is happy to work with you on finding a psychiatrist if you are interested in receiving both medication and psychotherapy.




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. Each insurance plan is quite different in how their out-of-network benefits work, so you are encouraged to contact your insurance company if you are planning to use these benefits.




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.





LOCATION

1030 Grant St SE, Suite 4

Atlanta, GA 30315

Tel: 678-298-9707

Fax: 678-298-9708

Email: dr.jessicagoodnight@gmail.com

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