Frequently Asked Questions
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Does my health insurance reimburse me for your fees?
Most health insurance companies reimburse as long as it is provided by a licensed professional in the state of Florida. Before scheduling an appointment, call your insurance company to inquire if your type of plan provides for reimbursement for “out of network” providers. The three licenses available are Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). If your plan does provide reimbursement, we will be happy to provide you with the necessary documentation to submit to your insurance company.
The downside of using insurance to pay for your therapy is that every claim must include a diagnosis putting your mental health into the medical model of “disease” and “treatment”. This “disease” is one that will be included in a paper trail that will follow you for several years. Several insurance companies have chosen to deny a person coverage due to even the most benign mental health diagnosis. So you may want to weigh the short term savings of using your insurance with the long term loss of paying, in some cases could more than double your monthly premium for insurance in the years to come. If you choose this course of payment reimbursement for yourself, we will assist you in every way possible.
What is Christian counseling?
We recognize Christian counseling as a unique and faith-based form of Christian discipleship, assisting the church in its call to bring believers to maturity in the lifelong process of growing to maturity in Christ. We adhere to the ethical codes set forth by the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) and the American Counselors Association (ACA). Should you like to visit these in full, the browser addresses are below. We incorporated spiritual interventions (alone with mental, emotional, and behavioral) that are Biblically supported at the comfort level of each individual client.
Link to AACC Code of Ethics
Link to ACA Code of Ethics
What is the difference between Christian Counseling and Christian Life Coaching?
• Counseling is more focused on solving painful problems from the past in order to have different patters and results for the future
• Coaching is more about finding creative ways to reach your potential in the future
• Counseling guides clients toward experiencing relief through recovery
• Coaching is driven by one word- results in people’s lives
• Counseling helps people to build supports to stabilize their life
• Coaching guides clients toward strategic ways to maximize their life
• Counseling develops healthy emotions and relationships to experience peace
• Coaching builds healthy patterns with accountability to experience personal power and growth.
Life Coaching helps you experience the kind of biblical success you have with someone who challenges you to become God’s best. A coach who will take on the role of becoming like “Iron sharpening Iron” (Proverbs 27:17) to stretch and develop you to reach your potential and meet goals you desire to reach.
What do the letters mean at the end of the counselor’s name?
Often a counselor will list the initials of the type of education they have received, such as MA for Master’s of Arts in Counseling. Next they will list the first letters of the type of licensure they have, for example, LMHC, which is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. Licensed counselors have met the requirements of the state licensing board in which they practice in order to be licensed as a counselor. That reassures you that they have at least a Master’s degree which includes 1,000 hours of supervision during their Master’s program. In addition, the state requires two years of post-Master’s supervision and passing a national counseling exam. Licensed counselors are also required to maintain a certain number of hours in continuing education.
Link to Counselor Biographies
What are your typical fees?
Fees vary depending on the counselor’s credentials, experience and length of session. Initial sessions are charged a 90-minute one-time fee to allow for the initial intake and treatment summary planning after session. A non-refundable deposit of 50% of your initial session is required at the time you make your appointment. Typically the counselors’ fees range between $60-$150 for a 50 minute session.
What do I need to bring with me on my first visit?
Please download the forms link below, print, complete, and bring them with you to your first appointment. Should you not be able to do this, please arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled appointment to complete the forms before your session. Please be prepared to pay the remaining 50% payment for your initial visit prior to the session and arrive a few minutes early so that our administrative staff have adequate time to collect your paperwork.
Link to Forms
How long does therapy last?
Each individual session typically lasts 50 minutes, although your therapist may sometimes recommend a longer or shorter session. Frequency of sessions (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, etc.) will be decided by you and your therapist. The length of therapy varies with each client depending on his/her needs and therapeutic goals, however typical full completion of treatment objectives will range between 12-24 session with maintenance appointments set as needed.
How can I pay for services?
Payment is due prior to each session. You can schedule and prepay for 10 sessions in advance and receive a 10% discount. This can be decided after you and your counselor set your treatment plan.
We accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, check or cash. We do require a valid credit card (other than a debit card) be kept on record.
What options do I have for premarital counseling?
Counselors are certified as SYMBIS assessment or Prepare Enrich assessment facilitators. These assessments are used to help couples identify the uniqueness they bring into the relationship. Both allow the couple to individually take an online assessment from their own home prior to your appointment. You have the option to complete your premarital sessions in a one-day intensive, or spread premarital appointments out between 3-5 sessions.