Helping you improve your relationships, with yourself and others.
“The most dangerous stories we make up are the narratives that diminish our inherent worthiness. We must reclaim the truth about our lovability, divinity, and creativity.”
Dr. Brené Brown
Welcome to Balanced Mind Psychological Services!
Life is full of challenges that can leave you feeling down, anxious, and stressed. At these times it can be easy to lose sight of your values, have difficulty coping, and be unable to experience meaning and joy. Seeking help is courageous. I am equipped to help you with your current struggles, whether that is anxiety, depression, trauma, or relationship difficulties. In therapy, I work on creating hope for positive change and providing you with tools to live your values and focus on what is important to you. I look forward to walking alongside you on your life journey and helping you explore how you can reach your full potential. Please click the bubbles to learn more about the specialized therapy and testing services I offer. Click here to learn more about my background in psychology and my hours, including my statement on COVID-19 and telehealth. Keep scrolling for more information about how to contact me and get started in therapy.
I love helping people develop the skills they need to cope with life’s challenges and find it rewarding to see others heal and thrive. It is easy to get connected and I can typically get back to inquires within 24 business hours, if not sooner. Call me today for a free 15 minute phone consultation to see how I can help you on your path towards peace and wholeness. For questions about how therapy works and if therapy can be helpful, please see my FAQ page. To schedule your intake online, please see my Getting Started page.
903 Northeast Drive, #102
Davidson, NC 28036
As you are approaching the office you will drive through a residential area. Keep driving and I am in the office building on the lake.
Please note that currently this contact form is sent to an email account that uses Transport Layer Security (TLS) to automatically encrypt emails that are sent or received.
TLS does not work with messages from all email services. Please also keep in mind that communications via email over the internet are not secure. Although it is unlikely, there is a possibility that information you include in an email can be intercepted and read by other parties besides the person to whom it is addressed.This form is not intended for crises and is not always checked on a daily basis. However, I will do my best to get back to you within 24 business hours. Please note that this contact form does not automatically create a therapist/client relationship with Dr. Atkinson.
Therapy via telehealth
Due to COVID-19 and current shelter in place orders, all therapy is being conducted via telehealth.
While it will likely feel a bit different at first, research has shown telehealth to be as effective as in-person therapy. I also want you to know I am very familiar with this approach, as I spent my entire post-doctoral year doing only telehealth work with trauma. I use a platform called doxy.me and it is HIPAA complaint and more secure than Skype or FaceTime. You will not need to download any programs and it is very easy to navigate and it functions much like Skype. Feel free to ask me any questions you have about this approach to therapy and I am happy to answer them and walk you through the technology. As of now, most BCBS plans are covering telehealth during this time. However, feel free to check your coverage prior to our session.
Tips to make the most out of your sessions:
Make sure you have a private, safe, and quiet location for your sessions. If you are concerned about this, please let me know and we can develop a code word together to signal someone has walked in.
Test out the link prior to session (I will send this to you).
Make sure all distractions are turned off (i.e. TV, other tabs, etc). It works best on a computer, but you can use your phone if needed. It can be helpful to have restarted your computer just prior to the session to have it running its best.
If using your phone, it can be helpful to have a way to prop it up to allow you to focus more on therapy.
If you find your own picture distracting, let me know and I can easily show you how to hide yourself.
If the technology stops working, be expecting a call from me. We will try to troubleshoot, but if we are unable to connect, then we can finish the session via telephone.
Know that research has show people have a tendency to share more online than in person--don't be afraid to take it as slow as you need.
Give yourself 5 minutes prior to session to reflect on what you might like to focus on and bring a pen or paper to take notes as needed.