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Cathryn Yarbrough, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist


​Telephone: 615-219-0706

​Will psychotherapy really help me?
Many people find that through therapy they are able to enhance their coping skills, improve their mood, resolve troubling issues, strengthen relationships, and gain new insights into themselves. If you have questions about whether I have the training and experience to help with your particular concerns, please call me, and I will be happy to talk that through with you.


Do you offer a free first session?

I am happy to meet with you for no charge, so that you can see my office, ask whatever questions you have, and see if you feel comfortable with me. There is no paperwork to fill out since it is not a psychotherapy appointment.


What can I expect in my first session?
In our first session, I will go over your intake documents (you can download a copy of the appropriate one from the Forms page in advance, or you can fill them out at the office) and answer any questions you have. Then I will listen to what you want to share with me about your issues. I will try to understand not just the problems facing you but the strengths and skills you bring with you as well. In the first session, or soon after, we will discuss your goals and the best ways to achieve them. You will have a chance to get to know me a little and to talk about any concerns you may have about therapy.


How long does therapy last?
Ideally, the duration of psychotherapy is based on each individual's unique needs. I've generally found that therapy is most effective when it lasts at least six months, but I have know people to make significant improvement in much less time, and I have know people to stay in therapy indefinitely as a way to stay focused on making and maintaining personal growth. I respect my clients’ judgment as to what is best for them.

Is marriage counseling just for straight couples?
Couple counseling is for all couples: straight, gay lesbian, undefined. Each couple is unique, and my approach is in response to the unique issues each couple brings. I find that with all couples, the goals are the same – to love and be loved, to know and be known, to nourish and to be nourished.

Do you prescribe medication?
No. Only a physician, nurse practitioner or specially trained psychologist is licensed to prescribe medication.

What is your schedule?
I typically schedule appointments Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

How do I schedule my first appointment?
Please call (615)219-0706 to schedule an appointment. For your privacy and security, I do not make appointments via email.

What are your fees?
My standard fee is $190 for the first session and $170 for each following 45-minute session. Fees can be negotiated based on income. I am happy to talk with you about this in our first phone call, so please do not hesitate to ask.

Will my insurance cover therapy?
I am not a member of any insurance panels, but some insurance companies will cover psychotherapy for out-of-network providers. Please call the number on the back of your insurance card to ask if they will cover your visit. Knowing your co-pay, deductible, and whether or not you need pre-authorization will also be helpful. Unfortunately, Medicare does not offer any option for out-of-network benefits.

Do I have to have a diagnosis?
No. You do not need a diagnosis in order to schedule an appointment with me. However, if you are filing insurance, your insurance provider will require you to have a diagnosis. We will discuss this fully if a diagnosis is needed. Many people find it helpful to have a name for an issue they are facing. This can make finding information and support easier.

Is therapy confidential?
Yes. Your visits with me have the same confidentiality as visits with a physician or attorney. However, confidentiality cannot be maintained in the following cases: imminent threat of physical harm to yourself or another; ongoing child abuse or elder abuse; national security concerns; court order.

What do you do about missed appointments?
Appointments should be canceled with at least 24 hours notice in order to avoid being charged.

You can find more information about insurance, confidentiality, and the risks and benefits of psychotherapy in my Practice Policies pamphlet, which is found on the Forms page.