Counseling

Counseling is a process by which we employ the relationship between therapist and client to improve or change the current situation.

 

THE PROCESS
This involves, on the part of your therapist, the use of appropriate psychological theories, techniques, and interventions to work with you individually, as a couple, or as a family. It also involves the creation of a “therapeutic alliance” – a helping relationship that allows for openness and honesty.  This is an opportunity for you to share anything you need to share without being judged, and with the goal of gaining insight into the situation in order to improve it.

For this to work, you need to be prepared to work on engaging in that therapeutic alliance.  This might involve talking about yourself, your current situation, your relationships, or your past.  It will involve working on “homework” outside of session.  It might involve setting goals and working towards those goals.  It will take your investment of mental and emotional energy.

Depending on the presenting situation or concerns, counseling may be relatively brief, or it could take some time.  Length of treatment is something that we can discuss freely, and we will offer you an honest opinion on how long it might take within the first few sessions.  We are open to answering any questions we can before, during, and after counseling.

The cost for counseling is subject to a number of variables.  Most importantly is the variable of insurance.  Some people choose to use their insurance, some do not.

For those choosing to use insurance, treatment is often subject to the insurance company’s discretion.  Most insurance companies, particularly those we are in-network with, are fairly easy to work with and do not hamper the counseling experience.  Typically, once we meet for the first time and we have a copy of your insurance card, we will call the insurance company to find out if pre-authorization or pre-certification is required and will work with them to maintain authorization as needed.  Your policy is subject to all applicable deductibles and copays, and is something you can explore on your own with the insurance company, or we can work with to explore.  This can sometimes be a difficult process to navigate; we are always willing to help.

When working with insurance, we will be asked to apply a diagnostic label to our work together.  Whether we are working individually, in a couples setting, or in family counseling, the insurance company will ask for a diagnosis.  Some clients have questions or concerns about the diagnostic process as it relates to insurance – if you do, please let us know and we can discuss it more in-depth.

 

RATES:
If you do not wish to use insurance, or you do not have a policy that covers counseling, my rate is $125 for the initial intake session and paperwork, and $90 for all subsequent 45-50 minute sessions.

We are, at this time, under contract with the National Health Services Corps to provide services regardless of income.  That means that we will provide counseling, at a reduced rate, depending on your level of income as recorded by your previous year’s tax records.  In order to qualify for a reduced rate, we will need to review those records, and compare them to the National standards.  For more information on that, please feel free to contact us directly.

If you have any questions about the process of counseling or subjects related to it, please feel free to call or email us.

 

COUNSELING SERVICES

Individual Counseling with children, teens, and adults

The single most effective tool in individual counseling is the strength of the therapeutic relationship between therapist and client.  There are a variety theories, techniques, and tools that can be successful in working with different age groups and concerns or issues.  How comfortable you are with your therapist and how well you are able to work together is the key to a successful and positive experience.  If you are interested in finding out more, feel free to call or email us, and we can discuss whether or not any one of our therapists is a good fit for your needs.  If not, we are happy to help you find a counselor who can help.

Family Counseling

When one part of the family system struggles, the entire system is impacted.  For this simple reason, it is at times helpful and necessary to work with the entire family to understand how each part of the system affects the other.  Through this work, we find that individuals can heal more fully, and the family can restored to its healthy and supportive nature.

Couples Counseling

Relationships and marriages go through predictable phases in their development, often with unpredictable and undesirable results or concerns.  Whether you are in a new relationships struggling with moving forward, a stable relationship working to become more connected, or a struggling relationship hurting from the pain of infidelity, working with a couple requires insight, compassion, and the ability to work through the issues without casting blame or taking sides.  It is a difficult process, but one that often yields considerable fruit for all who work through it.

Specialties / Areas of Clinical Focus

As a group, we have a diverse array of experience, education, and qualifications.  To find our more about each individual therapist, please feel free to review the About section, or you can call or email to find out more about which therapist may fit your needs.

  • Personal change and growth
  • Mental health and wellness
  • Substance abuse assessment and intervention
  • Active Military, Veterans, & their families
  • Parent, family, and life coaching
  • Family and marriage restoration
  • Spirituality
  • Adolescent issues
  • Women’s issues
  • Men’s issues (research indicates men struggle to admit that they do, in fact, have mental healht and relationship concerns.  With two male therapists on our team, we feel uniquely qualified to help in this situation.)

We are pleased to share that all of our therapists support our military and are trained to serve our military personnel and their families as they serve our country.  We are all at some stage of formal training in the Star Behavioral Health Providers program through the Center for Deployment Psychology.  We accept Tricare insurance.