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    General Questions

    I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?

    Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I will help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.

    What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?

    The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” 

    Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.

    Why shouldn’t I just take medication?

    Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.

    Why don’t you accept insurance?

    There are several reasons for this decision. The primary reason is that insurance companies set limits on our therapeutic work and require a diagnosis.

    However, I can provide a superbill for you to submit to your insurance company to request reimbursement. 

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    Do you accept HSA or FSA?

    Yes. You may be able to use your health savings account (HSA) or flexible spending account (FSA) funds to cover the balance of your mental health services. It is a great idea to call ahead and verify with your HSA or FSA plan before booking your appointment.

    Do you offer a sliding fee scale?

    Yes. I offer a few reduced rate appointments and scholarships for certain financial situations, assessed on a case-by-case basis.

    Treatment Related Questions 

    Are all of your sessions faith-based?

    No. Faith-based counseling is provided upon request. I work with individuals across a broad spectrum of beliefs and practices, and I honor and respect everyone’s differences. 

    What can I expect during my first session? 

    We will go over informed consent, my clinical orientation, and review confidentiality and its limitations during the first session. We will also discuss the factors that are driving you to seek counseling, discuss goals, and an ongoing treatment plan.

    This session is also called the Intake Session, which may include some assessments that allow me to get to know you more.

    How many sessions are needed?

    This is a difficult question to answer. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them, and the length of counseling time depends on your commitment and treatment goals progress. During our intake session we will develop a treatment plan and determine how often you should attend therapy sessions.

    After we assess your progress based on your desired treatment goals, we may be able to reduce the frequency of sessions, as clinically appropriate.

    What do I have to do in sessions?

    Each person has different concerns and goals for counseling, so it varies depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs. I just ask that you show up with an open mind.

    I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?

    I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.

    What if I have more questions?

    Feel free to call 720-386-2858 or email me at Stephanie@stillirise-counseling to schedule a free consultation.