What is therapy?
Therapy is a collaborative relationship between therapist and client to help the client identify goals and potential solutions to problems which cause emotional turmoil; improve communication and coping skills; strengthen self-esteem; and promote behavior change and optimal mental health. In therapy, you will examine the behaviors, thoughts and feelings that are causing difficulties in your life. You will learn effective ways to deal with your problems and learn new skills to live a more fulfilling life.
What should I expect from my first session?
In your first session, you will meet with your therapist for an assessment. You will be asked what brings you to therapy. You will also be asked what you feel is wrong in your life, any symptoms you are experiencing and your personal history, which will cover such things as your childhood, relationships, your current living situation and your career. Your therapist will listen to you and help create goals for your therapy. You may also discuss the length of your treatment, the methods to be employed and patient confidentiality as well. You may also ask any questions you have at that time.
How long is each session?
A standard session is 50 minutes in length. You can make special arrangements with your counselor for a session that is shorter or longer based on your needs. That session may or may not be covered by your insurance company.
What are the qualifications of the therapists?
All our clinicians have a Masters degree in counseling or marriage and family therapy. They have undergone an internship and supervised practice. Our clinicians are Licensed Professional Counselors or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. In some cases, our therapists have an associate license, which is a therapist who has obtained a Master’s degree but has not finished all their supervised practice hours.
How do I schedule an appointment? What if I was referred to a specific counselor?
Our counselors schedule their own appointments. You can leave a message at option 2 on our voicemail system and someone will return your call. If you have been referred to a specific counselor, you can leave a message directly on that counselor’s voicemail, using the staff directory.
How much do you charge for your services?
An initial session with one of our counselors is $130 and each session after that is $110. The payment methods we accept are VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, debit cards, cash or check. If you have a Flex Spending or Health Savings account, we are able to accept those forms of payment as well.
Do you take insurance?
Our counselors are not contracted with any insurance companies; however, we do file claims with many insurance companies if you have out-of-network mental health benefits. As a courtesy to you, we can check your out-of-network benefits prior to your initial appointment.
What if I can’t afford the full fee? Do you have a sliding fee scale or reduced fee?
If you can’t afford our full fee, you can request an Application for Reduced Fee. Our sliding fee scale is based on your annual salary and the number of dependents on that salary (including yourself). If we are filing insurance for reimbursement, you cannot qualify for a reduced fee. You can request an Application for Reduced Fee and return it to our office. You will be notified prior to your first appointment if you qualify for a reduced fee amount.
Is there a charge for additional people to be involved in therapy?
No. The standard fee for an initial session is $130 and the fee for any other session, individual or family, is $110.
I know Paraclete is a faith-based practice. What if I don’t want to have that as a part of my counseling?
If you do not wish to have religion or faith in your counseling, please notify your therapist during your first appointment. Since all of our counselors are clinically trained, they are able to meet your counseling needs without religious beliefs being a part of your counseling. Our ethical duty is to meet you at your point of need and understanding. We respect the right of all people to hold to their own belief system and will not force our beliefs on any client.
What is Christian counseling?
A Christian counselor is a counselor who builds a therapeutic relationship with a client with the basis of that counseling built upon Scripture and Biblical principles. God has a process for taking you from a broken, hurting, dysfunctional state and restoring you so that you can function again. Therapy reaches deep inside to the places where you are stuck in the growth process. Christian counseling allows a professional therapist to walk alongside of you in this restoration process. The therapist may use spiritual exercises, prayer and other faith components that you and your counselor deem helpful to your healing work.
How long am I going to be in therapy?
Your counselor will perform an assessment in your first session. At that time, your counselor will discuss your goals for therapy. The length of therapy will be determined by how long it will take to accomplish your goals. Some people can complete their goals in a matter of weeks. Others have more complex goals and are in therapy for months.
How do I explain to my child what counseling is?
We encourage you to have an honest discussion with your child prior to bringing your child to counseling. Listen to your child’s concerns. Tell your child that you have found someone who is good at helping kids and families with the type of struggle you are having. Let them know that the counselor is on their side. You may also discuss with your child that coming to counseling is similar to seeing a medical doctor but focuses on feelings and behaviors not on the physical body. You can make counseling more pleasant by pairing it with a pleasant activity such as dinner out afterward or having time alone with a parent.
Can you prescribe medication?
No, our clinicians are Masters level Licensed Professional Counselors and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. A psychiatrist or primary care physician, a physician’s assistant, or a certified nurse practioner prescribe medications. We can refer you to a medical provider who can prescribe medication if the counselor feels that medication may be necessary.