Here are some Frequently Asked Questions about Rod's work with couples:

Do you counsel couples in addition to presenting weekend workshops?
Yes, I work with couples only.  After thirty years of practice and over 150 workshops, as I move more toward retirement, I have chosen to no longer present the weekend workshop.  Jeannie Ingram is leading the psycho-educational weekend workshop "Getting the Love You Want" in Middle TN.  She is an excellent presenter.


What happens in an initial consultation with you?
I like to meet with couples for an hour and twenty-five minutes so that we have enough time to discuss what they can expect if they begin work with me. I usually begin by responding to any questions the couple might have. Then, I ask the couple to tell me about:
     1) The problems or issues in the present that bring you into my office now
     2) The qualities that attracted you to your partner
     3) A description of each of your families and what it was like for you growing up.
I then spend the second half of our time together describing Imago Relationship coaching and how it would apply to this particular couple.


How can I schedule an initial consultation?
Fill out the initial consult form.  Be sure to leave 3 or 4 possible times that would work for you.  Email is the best way to reach me.  I prefer to always communicate with BOTH you and your partner by email.  Most of my openings start on Tues, Thurs, and Fri between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. If I am not the right fit for you, please try these therapists:


Is there a charge for an initial consultation?
I do not charge for the first consultation unless the couple decides to continue working with me. If the couple decides not to work with me, there is no charge for the initial meeting.  If the couple does decide to work with me, I collect the fee for both the initial visit and that second visit at our next meeting. The fee for the hour and a half initial consultation is $180.00.  Beginning with the third meeting, I collect weekly.  I charge $180 for a 55-minute session and I meet with couples at least once a week.  I encourage you to come to an initial consult.  Most couple's report that they learn a lot from just that one session.  If I am not the right fit for you, please try these therapists:


How long does Imago take to "work"?
I ask couples to commit to meeting with me for a minimum of twelve sessions and to do the psycho-educational weekend workshop "Getting the Love You Want".  Most couples work with me on average for six months to a year.  The workshop is not a group "thing".  It is very much a "couple thing" in a group context.  This workshop is said to be worth six months of therapy.  It might be expensive but it is good value.  If I am not the right fit for you, please try these therapists:


Do you accept insurance payments?
In order to receive insurance benefits, insurance companies require that a diagnosis of a mental disorder is stated on the claim and that treatment is medically necessary. Most of the couples I work with do not meet these criteria. I do not take insurance payments or co-payments. I am glad to give a receipt for "couple’s therapy" that can be filed with your insurance company or flex plan to determine if they will reimburse you.  If I am not the right fit for you, please try these therapists:


Do you work with individuals?
No. I limit my practice to couples only.  If I am not the right fit for you, please try these therapists:


What's the best way to reach you?
The best way to get in touch with me is to fill out the "registration for an initial consult" form and list several times that might work in your schedule.  Email is also a good way to reach me because I can respond to it more quickly between sessions, and I prefer to communicate with both partners.  If you do leave a phone message on a Thursday, know that it might be Tuesday before I can return your call.  During the week I try to return calls within 24 hours.


Where is your office?

Film House, Inc.  810 Dominican Dr, Nashville, TN 37228   Suite 206

Take the elevator to the second floor.  Exit and turn left.  Look for my name on the door and red hearts on the door handle.

If my door is closed, please have a seat in the two green chairs near the elevator.  I will be with you at our appointed time.


Are you a Christian counselor?
I work with couples of many different religions, different denominations and many different faiths and people of no faith. Imago Relationship Therapy does not have a religious focus but is rooted in helping couples heal and grow and moving from unconscious relating to new conscious patterns.  People of all backgrounds are welcome.


What happens if I miss an appointment or need to cancel?
In general, I do not accept cancellations but I am glad to work with you to reschedule.  Once we begin our work you will have a set appointment time that will be the same every week as much as possible for a 55-minute session.  Coming every week is an important part of the process.

If you miss an appointment and we cannot reschedule, I do charge for the session.  If you let me know about vacations or weeks that you are out of town two weeks in advance then I do not charge.  I am not inflexible about this policy but I want you to expect to meet weekly and to realize that you will pay for the session if you do not attend.  If I am not the right fit for you, please try these therapists:


How do I get clarification or answers to more questions?
Email ( is the best way to reach me.  You may also phone 615-385-3838 and leave a message.