Will therapy really help?

Therapy can be healing for people on many levels. Whether you have specific challenges you’d like to address, or you simply need a safe place to explore your feelings and celebrate your wins, therapy is and effective tool. I’ll work with you to choose the best approach based on your preferences, current research, and your needs, to maximize the effectiveness of our work together. Though it can be hard to take the initial step toward change, not taking the chance isn’t likely to lead to change either. I’ll help you develop a plan that you can feel confident about while giving you guidance throughout the process.

What’s different about your approach to therapy?

The therapy relationship is completely unique. It involves a level of trust, openness, and vulnerability not found in other helping relationships. Recognizing this, I come to the therapy relationship with authenticity, compassion, and transparency. I believe in honesty and the “what you see, is what you get” approach. While I bring tools to the table to help address your concerns, I value you as the expert in your life, giving you the control over the therapy process.

How long will I be in therapy?

Since therapy is individualized for each person, the length of time can vary from person to person. I encourage open discussion throughout the process regarding both of our perspectives on your progress and preferences moving forward.

Our conversations are confidential, right?

Absolutely! Confidentiality is the cornerstone of the counseling process. There are some exceptions, which we discuss in treatment, but they can be summarized as follows:

  1. If you intend to harm yourself or someone else
  2. Mandatory reporting responsibilities of abuse/neglect/dependency
  3. Court order or subpoena from a judge
  4. Per your request with a completed Release of Information form

Outside of these situations, our work is confidential. If disclosure is needed for any other reason, you and I will discuss this prior to disclosure being made for proper planning.

Can therapy really help with medical problems?

Research has shown that the relationship between our physical and mental health is inseparable. Physical illness can be a significant contributing factor to concerns such as anxiety, depression, social isolation, trauma and PTSD, and more. By targeting these concerns in therapy, some may find that the symptoms and effects of some physical health concerns can be decreased and made more tolerable. Effective therapy often uses techniques to teach coping, relaxation, mindfulness, cognitive restructuring, and whole body and lifestyle wellness to address the individual as a whole.

Will you consult with my doctors if I need that?

Having your treatment team collaborating for your benefit is a vital part of helping you manage your wellness. If desired, and with a signed Release of Information form, I am happy to collaborate with any providers with whom you may be working.

Let’s talk money.  How much is this going to cost me?

At present, my fees for therapy services are as follows:

  • Initial phone consult – 15 minutes, free
  • Intake/Assessment session – 60-75 minutes, $140
  • Individual/family therapy – 60 minutes, $120
  • Tele-therapy services – same as above

Any fees related to additional services are outlined in the financial agreement included in my client documentation.

Do you provide a Good Faith Estimate?

Yes. A Good Faith Estimate (GFE) will be provided prior to your first appointment. GFE’s are only an estimate, and are not a contract. You can read the official notice here.

Do you accept insurance?

Legacy Counseling Services is a managed-care free practice. That means that I do not participate with any insurance providers, thus putting you fully in control of how you receive care. However, my practice is insurance friendly. For those interested in using any applicable out of network benefits with their insurance provider, I will help you understand and start that process. Learn more about fees, billing, and insurance considerations here.

What forms of payment do you accept?

I accept cash, check, credit card (all major cards accepted), and most HSA cards. You may wish to verify with your HSA provider that therapy services are covered.