1. How much are counseling sessions?
Individual counseling session (55 minutes): $75.00
Couples counseling session (55 minutes): $100.00
Payment is made at the time of service, in the form of credit card, cash or check. I have affordable rates in comparison with many other mental health professionals in the area. I offer a sliding fee scale based on income and availability, so please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss this. I also offer a free 20 minute phone consultation prior to making an appointment which gives us the chance to discuss what issues you would like to work on in counseling. During this complimentary phone consultation I can answer any additional questions you may have about me or my practice.
2. Do you accept insurance/bill to insurance?
I am a provider on the United Healthcare Student Resources panel, but am not currently on any other insurance panels.
3. What hours are you available to see clients?
I am available Monday through Saturday with flexible appointment times, including early mornings and after school/evening appointments depending on your scheduling needs.
4. How long will I be in therapy?
This is up to you. I want my clients to feel empowered and remember that attending therapy with me is a CHOICE. Some clients may benefit from short term, solution focused therapy, while others may be interested in longer term therapy in order to address deeper issues.
5. How often do I come in for therapy?
Typically, therapy is most effective when clients attend sessions weekly. However, some clients choose to attend sessions bi-weekly due to scheduling issues, financial concerns or time constraints.
6. What is your cancellation policy?
If you need to cancel a session, I ask that you let me know 24 hours before the scheduled session, or you will be charged a cancellation fee. Of course I understand that illnesses and other emergencies happen, and extenuating circumstances will be dealt with on a case by case basis
7. What does LPC mean?
LPC stands for Licensed Professional Counselor. I received a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education and am licensed in the state of Louisiana as a Professional Counselor (License #3565). This certifies me to provide counseling (psychotherapy) for individuals, couples and families.
Other letters that you may see behind a therapist’s name are:
LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker)
LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist)
PsyD (Clinical Psychologist)
8. Do you provide counseling to children?
Currently I work with adolescents and adults ages 14 and up. If you are seeking counseling for a child under the age of 14, I can provide you with appropriate referrals.
9. What therapeutic model do you use?
Usually therapists ascribe to one of two general therapeutic approaches: psychodynamic or behavioral. I approach my clients as human beings, and prefer to get to know my clients as people (their feelings, thoughts, life stories and behaviors). This approach most likely falls more into the psychodynamic realm, with a humanistic base. I focus heavily on building a trusting relationship with my clients, which means that every client has a unique experience in counseling.
10. Do you believe that people change?
Absolutely. I see change in people all the time. When we are able to look at ourselves and our behaviors honestly, we can then work to change. Some changes may take only a few tweaks in our outlook and behavior, while other, more significant changes may take more time and effort. It is my belief that working with a therapist is one of the most powerful ways we can learn to see ourselves more clearly, which can translate into positive, meaningful life changes for those who are committed to the process.
11. What about confidentiality and privacy?
The law protects the relationship between a client and a professional counselor/therapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission. Exceptions include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse, for which I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist the client’s cooperation in ensuring his/her safety. If the client does not cooperate, at that point I will take the necessary steps which may require me to breach confidentiality to ensure his/her safety.