What Happens in a Counseling Session?
Phone Call/Email: Once you call or email me, I will ask you a few questions to determine if I might be able to help you with your concerns. If I determine that I am not be the best counselor for you, I will give you referrals to someone who has more expertise to help you. Once we decide that we would like to work together, we will schedule your first appointment, usually within 24-48 hours of your call.
First Appointment: You will submit general background information for your first session. We will discuss your counseling goals and treatment options and determine if this is a good fit and if I would be the best counselor to help you. If we decide not to work together, I will give you other referrals.
Additional Counseling Appointments: Counseling will help you gain techniques and strategies for achieving your goals and solving your problem. I often recommend books or assign other homework so that you can continue working outside of our weekly sessions. I will also make referrals to any appropriate professionals. We will periodically address counseling goals and progress. If at any time you feel that you would like to terminate counseling, please let me know. If you would like referrals to another therapist, I will be happy to assist you.
How Much Does Counseling Cost?
Counseling sessions are conveniently offered by video and last 50-55 minutes. The cost is $80 per session.
Because I want to keep your sessions completely confidential for you, I choose not to participate in network with any insurance companies because they require you to have a mental health diagnosis and they dictate your treatment plan. As an out of network provider you and I determine together the best treatment plan for your issue, and more time is invested in face to face counseling, not paperwork and billing. Payment is accepted by cash, check, Visa, and Mastercard. You can use your medical debit cards for payment.
How Long Will I Need To Come to Counseling?
Most people need at least 8-10 sessions to address their concerns, and many find it helpful to continue counseling for up to one year or more. We will periodically address your counseling goals and progress. If at any time you feel that you would like to terminate counseling, please let me know. If you would like referrals to another therapist, I will be happy to assist you.
Do You Work With My Insurance?
Since I work part-time, and do not want to give you a mental health diagnosis, I am not part of insurance networks. I prefer that you and I make the decisions about your therapy, not your insurance company. You and I decide how often we meet, the purpose and goals of your counseling, and you will not have to have a mental health diagnosis/disorder in your permanent medical record. If you choose to get reimbursed by your insurance company, you must have a mental health disorder/diagnosis.
Most clients choose to pay out of pocket for counseling services. You can receive the best level of care with the least amount of stress involved. You will have the freedom to decide how frequently you come to counseling, and you will not have to be given a medical diagnosis if it is not necessary.
What Are Your Counseling Hours? Do You Have Evening Appointments Available in Fort Myers?
Appointments are available most evenings and are conveniently offered by video using a HIPAA-compliant, confidential video platform.
Where Are You Located?
All appointments are offered through video for clients living in Florida or Virginia.