Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect in a counseling session?

A typical session lasts 50-60 minutes, although longer or shorter sessions may be appropriate at times. We recommend weekly sessions at first which may move to bi-weekly as therapy progresses. Between sessions, clients are encouraged to think about and process what was discussed. At times, you may be asked to do something specific outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records. For the therapy to "work," you must be an active participant, both during and between the therapy sessions.

What benefits can I expect from working with a counselor?

Counseling has a number of benefits. Often it is helpful just to know that someone understands. Counseling can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The counselor may be able to help you gain insight or develop better coping mechanisms to deal with life stressors. Therapy is an active process. The benefits you obtain from counseling depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn.

How much will it cost me?

If you are paying out of pocket, rates vary from $50-$120 depending on which provider you see.  If you will be filing insurance you typically will only be responsible for a copay or co-insurance amount.  As each plan is different, we will be happy to verify your benefits for you and let you know what to expect.

Do you accept insurance?

Yes.  We have counselors in network with several major insurance plans including BCBS, Aetna, United Healthcare, HealthFirst, CHRISTUS, Cigna, Magellan and others.  We would be glad to check your insurance benefits to see if your plan will cover counseling services.

What are the payment arrangements?

Payment is received at the time of your scheduled appointment.  We accept cash, check, credit and debit cards as payment for services. If we are an in-network provider for your insurance we will bill the insurance company for you and you will only be responsible for any deductible or co-payments.