Frequently Asked Questions

About Therapy, about Me, and about Life

How do I find a good therapist near me in Birmingham, Alabama?

Send us an email! You should work with someone who you feel comfortable with. If you don’t feel safe, heard and respected; find another therapist! There are so many different types of therapy and types of therapists. We know so many great therapists near me in this city. If you are looking for therapy, premarital counselors, a child psychologist or marriage counseling let us know! Please send us an email and we can recommend someone that would be great for your personality and goals for therapy in the Birmingham area.

We want you to find a therapist, even if it is not at Taproot Therapy. We are happy to make a recommendation for who I think would be a good fit for you if I am full or you would prefer another therapist. There are many types of therapy and therapists. It’s easy to get overwhelmed. Let us help make it easier for you to find the perfect therapist for you.

Why should I go to therapy?

People go to therapy for a variety of reasons: Anger management, PTSD, trauma, anxiety, depression, career counseling, elder care, behavior problems with children, grief, relationship problems, marriage counseling, or just a general sense of dissatisfaction with life.

When I see a patient for psychotherapy I listen to the specific things that they are telling me that they want to change in their life. I try and understand what makes them unique and hear their story as an individual. I make a plan to help each patient accomplish the goals they are asking me for. I think about all the different types of therapy I have been trained in and about which ones will help this patient.

In addition to listening to what a patient is talking about, I also listen for what a patient is not telling me. I try and figure out what is it about this patient that they are avoiding looking at in their own life. I try and help patients see the things that make them uncomfortable about themselves and face these fears. This always results in patients discovering new things that they want out of life that they didn’t ask for when they first came in.

I think that we live our lives in a kind of fog and psychotherapy can help clear that fog. Psychotherapy can help us heal, but it can also put us in touch with who we really are and what we really want.

Who are you and what do you do?

Taproot Therapy Collective is a group of therapists that specializes in many different things. We have therapists who specialize in anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, addiction, and dissociative disorders. We treat PTSD, panic attacks and We also have therapists who see people for premarital counseling, career counseling and executive coaching. We try and stay trained in the needs of all of our community in Birmingham, Alabama.

Do you offer premarital counseling?

Yes. Most premarital counseling focuses on whether or not you share common life goals, plans and strategies with your partner. My premarital counseling helps people see the reasons they are attracted to each other. It helps couples examine the way that they will change over their life journey. It helps couples discover who they will be at many points in their life, not just resolve issues present when they are getting married.

Who are good EMDR therapists in Birmingham?

I get more calls about EMDR therapy than any other modality I do. I am happy to refer you to many other EMDR therapists in Birmingham Alabama if you send me and email.

What insurance do you take?

American Behavioral
Blue Cross and Blue Shield

Do you work with kids or couples?

We have therapists who work with kids, families and teenagers.

What are different types of therapy?

Jungian Therapy, or Depth Psychology
Internal Family Systems
Interpersonal Therapy
Transpersonal Therapy
Trauma Focused Therapy
Sensorimotor Therapy
Gestalt Therapy
Gottman Method
The Daring Way
Psychodynamic Therapy
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, EMDR
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, aka. CBT
Acceptance and Commitment, ACT
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, REBT
Dialectical Behavior Therapy, DBT

Most people come into therapy knowing nothing about any of the styles of therapy. That is absolutely fine. Some people come into therapy really interested in one and want to talk about it. We are happy to talk to you about how any of these modalities work or how we apply them.

Are You an LGBTQ friendly therapist, a Christian friendly therapist, an atheist friendly therapist, a trans friendly therapist, or an anything else friendly therapist?

We value who you are and what you believe and want you to get better. You are the best expert in how to be the best you. We just want you to find that “you”. We want to find your unique strengths and gifts and help you apply them to life. We are “you” friendly therapists. Be honest. Bring yourself. Come as you are.

Can you prescribe medication for anxiety, depression, panic, etc.?

No. Only a psychiatrist can prescribe medication in Alabama. We are happy to refer you to one. Research shows that therapy combined with medication is the most effective way to treat some mental health disorders.

What is the difference in a psychotherapist and a psychiatrist? What are the different types of therapists?

Psychiatrists and Nurse Practitioners can prescribe medication.

A psychiatrist is a licensed medical doctor. They are licensed by the AMA. They can prescribe medication.

A nurse practitioner is the highest level of licensure for a nurse who works with an MD. They are licensed by the state. They can prescribe medication.

A clinical psychologist is someone licensed with Ph.D. in Psychology. They are licensed by the APA. They cannot prescribe medication.

A MFT or marriage and family therapist typically does therapy with couples and families. They are usually trained in more systemic models of therapy. They have a masters degree and are licensed by the state. They cannot prescribe medication.

An LPC or licensed professional counselor is has a masters degree in counseling and a license from the state board. They have a masters degree in counseling. They are at the highest level of their professional licensure. They cannot prescribe medication.

An LICSW or an LICSW PIP is a licensed clinical social worker with a license to practice independently and supervise other social workers from the state board. They have a masters degree in social work. They are at the highest level of their professional licensure. They cannot prescribe medication.

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