Counseling is worth it!
It is common for clients to hesitate before committing to the therapy process. The hesitation is usually associated with cost. It’s too much money! I can’t afford it! I have so many other things that I could be doing with that money…
Before you decide, ask yourself some probing questions… Are you worth it? Would you be willing to invest in the mental wellbeing of a loved one? The answer is probably yes and yes. What would life look like for you if you had the coping skills to deal with your situation?
Let me encourage you. You ARE worth it! Go ahead and invest the time and resources needed to get well. Set aside a number of other, lesser priorities and decide to invest in yourself. You will not regret it. One right word at the right moment has the potential to change your life forever!
FAQs about Therapy
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
- Developing skills for improving your relationships
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
- Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
- Improving communications and listening skills
- Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
- Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
People have many different motivations for coming to psychotherapy. Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well. Some people need assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts and creative blocks. 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 psychotherapy are ready to meet the challenges in their lives and ready to make changes in their lives.
It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life. Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process – such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals. People seeking psychotherapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.
- National Counselors Examination (NCE)
- National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE)
- California LPCC Law and Ethics Examination
I pursued advanced training in Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy and am registered with the EMDR international Association (EMDRIA) as an EMDR Certified Therapist.
An LPCC must have completed a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling at an accredited university followed by at least 2 years of counseling under supervision.
Fees for services are set prior to the beginning of the first session and are due at the conclusion of each session. The fee for a 50-minute session is $125.00, unless otherwise agreed. The fee for report writing is billed at $125.00 per hour. An itemized bill (a ‘superbill’) will be provided to you reflecting rendered services for purposes of reimbursement by your insurance carrier.
To determine if you have mental health coverage through your insurance carrier, the first thing you should do is call them. Look for the telephone number on your insurance card under Mental Health Benefits. Check your coverage carefully and make sure you understand their answers.
Some helpful questions you can ask them:
- What are my mental health benefits? Is there coverage for mental health services? If so, are there any limitations on the coverage?
- What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
- Is this practice in network? (Mary-Anne Wijting, LPCC. NPI# 1811380785)
- How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
- Are there any limitations on the frequency of session (weekly or yearly)
- How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network psychotherapist?
- Is approval required from my primary care physician?
Also, some employers offer an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that may cover the cost of counseling services for you. Please check with your human resources or personnel office for information.
I accept payment from the following insurance carriers and programs:
- Coastal Healthcare Administration (Coastal)
- HMC Healthworks
- Victims of Crime (VoC) program
Payment of $125 is required for sessions that are cancelled with less than a 24-hours notice.
Please make every effort to notify me early if you think you will not be able to attend the session. Thank you!
- Suspected child abuse or dependant 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 their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures without their permission that are provided to me by law in order to ensure their safety.
Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.Prov. 4:23