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Counseling, Coaching & Consulting for Women by Women

FAQs

Do you take insurance?

I are currently in network with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Medcost and Medicare. If you have another insurance, I will be happy to provide

you with a “super bill” that you may submit to your insurance company for

potential reimbursement.

Often times, insurance companies require specific options for treatment. When

you elect to use your insurance, you are giving them the right to some of your confidential information, this includes providing a diagnosis at the beginning of treatment. Therefore, if you decide to private pay, you’re no longer bound by the demands of the insurance company and together we can create a treatment that makes sense for your unique needs—not your insurance plan.

If you are not covered by insurance, or choose to not utilize your insurance benefits, the cost is $150.00 per clinical hour for most services. Rates for consultation services will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Why do people go to therapy and how do I know if it is right for me?

People have many different motivations for engaging in therapy. Some may be going through a major life transition like divorce, loss of a job or they may not be handling stressful circumstances well. Some people need assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, substance use, and relationship problems. Therapy can help provide some much needed encouragement and help with skills to get them through these periods. Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life. In short, people seeking therapy are ready to meet the challenges in their lives and ready to make changes in their lives.

What about medication vs. psychotherapy?

It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional struggles and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom(s), therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. Working with your medical doctor, you can determine what’s best for you. In some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action.

Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?

Confidentiality is a cornerstone of appropriate mental health care, and is also protected by the law. Thus, we generally can only release information about our work with written permission. Several exceptions do exist. For example, insurance companies generally require some basic information if you choose to seek reimbursement. Electronic Health Records are also third parties that are subject to similar confidentiality standards. Additionally, there are several instances in which mental health professionals are required by law to report or take action:

  • Making provisions for your safety if there is a threat of imminent harm to yourself.

  • Taking protective actions (including notifying potential victims or police) if there is a threat of serious bodily harm to others.

  • Reporting potential child, elder, or dependent abuse.

  • Legal testimony if subpoenaed/ordered by a court.

  • Assisting in accessing services if a patient is unable to meet their basic needs (including food, clothing, and/or shelter) due to a mental illness.

** Please note that these exceptions are rare and it is our goal to always maintain strict confidentiality. **

What is your cancellation and rescheduling policy?

If you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment,I ask that you give greater than a 24-hour notice. If it is less than 24 hours or a no show, then you will be charged the full fee of the service. 

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