Personal counseling is a chance to talk over issues that are important to you with an objective person who has professional training in helping people work through current situations and learn to effectively manage similar situations in the future. Some of the problems that people discuss with counselors include, but are not limited to, relationship problems, academic/school-related problems, depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, substance issues, and/or issues from the past that negatively affect the person’s daily functioning. Therapy can sometimes be emotionally painful and uncomfortable as you navigate through the emotional scars, fears, worries, and pain that has brought you to counseling.
A typical session is 50 minutes which is often referred to as a therapeutic hour. You can expect that during your time you will be listened to about your experiences and asked pertinent questions about your life experiences both past and present. You will probably be asked some questions about your background, including your family, atypical experiences, and your relationships with others. The counselor will also ask what you hope to get out of counseling or what your goals are. Sometimes the counselor may assign psychological “homework” as one method for the client to make progress outside of the meetings.
Most people come to counseling once per week in the beginning to work on their concerns. To create a good therapeutic relationship it is helpful and encouraged to have consistent weekly sessions for an undetermined amount of time. As goals are obtained you or your therapist may feel weekly sessions are no longer needed and you may find yourself doing bi-weekly sessions and or telemedicine sessions as you make the transition out of counseling.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a short term, problem focused form of treatment that works on the relationship between thoughts, beliefs, and feelings and how they affect our behavior and emotions. CBT is an effective treatment method for a variety of issues but for some issues such as Anxiety based fears it is not uncommon that participants find some of the work uncomfortable as you are asked to confront what it is that you fear in a controlled environment. We call that exposure and while it can be an effective treatment modality it can also be uncomfortable.
My 2017 rates are currently available via email or phone call. Please contact me at (408) 827-8011 or firstname.lastname@example.org for my current sessions fees.
At this time, I do NOT accept health insurance, however, a portion of your therapy sessions may be covered by your insurance provider on a reimbursement basis. To find out if your therapy sessions qualify for reimbursement, contact your personal health insurance provider. If you seek insurance reimbursement, I am more that happy to provide you with a reimbursement form known as a super bill at the end of each month. You are still responsible for the payment of my fee in full, the super bill however will allow you to take your out of pocket payment to your insurance carrier and request reimbursement for a portion of your cost. How much, if any, that is reimbursed depends on your carrier and their out of network coverage.
When contacting your insurance provider, the following are a few helpful prompts to ensure that all your questions are answered:
I currently accept cash, checks and credit card as method of payment for all services provided. You are able to use your Flex spending or HSA cards through the credit card service. My credit card services are through a HIPPA compliant company called IvyPay.
I realize that schedules get hectic and sometimes mix-ups occur, however, in order to ensure quality of service I require 24 hour notice for any cancellations. Additionally, any client that fails to appear at a therapy session without a 24 hour notice will be required to pay for the session in full.