What can I expect from therapy?
If it's your first time in counseling, it's natural to feel a bit anxious and nervous. Because of this, I'll do my very best to provide you with a welcoming and non-judgmental space to explore whatever obstacles stand in the way. Everyone's journey to reach today is unique and I respect that journey. Coming from a Solution Focused background, we'll talk about your strengths and how they can help be a source of motivation and resilience for your future.
I strive to work as a team to meet whatever goals you hope to achieve. Our first session together will primarily be an information gathering session, where we'll both see how best to approach what obstacles you might have standing in your way. After this, we will regularly re-visit your goals to best ensure our time together is helping you reach your success.
Why don't you accept insurance?
There are a few reasons why we've decided not to accept insurance with our practice. One of the biggest reasons is insurance companies require the counselor to give you (the client) a diagnosis in order to submit the claim. Many times a proper diagnosis takes time to develop, and may change as you start feeling better. For example, common concerns such as "grief", "having a hard time", and "stressed" aren't a diagnosis recognized by insurance. However once a diagnosis has been made, the diagnostic code is reported on your medical records which can have repercussions in other areas of your life as you now have a label that might or might not fit. Secondly, to protect your privacy and confidentiality, we've chosen to keep any records your property. When billing insurance, your records could be audited by an insurance company at any time. And finally, your care is dictated by what the insurance coverage will say is appropriate therapy based on the plan you have. Whether it's your copay, deductible, or amount of sessions allotted, the insurance makes those decisions. Since our mission at Koi Counseling is to empower our clients, accepting insurance is counterproductive to our goals.
What if I can't afford your regular fee's?
We understand the stressors paying out of pocket might cause, and wouldn't want that to be an additional obstacle to start counseling. Because of that, we offer a student rate, and a multisession package. In addition, we will have groups and workshops available periodically, which are offered at a lower cost but have the perks of meeting with like-minded individuals. To see what groups are available, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if my issue(s) don't seem that big?
I believe no issue is too big or small, if it stands in the way of reaching your goals. I hope we can work together to develop appropriate coping skills and wellness so that you can achieve the success you hope for.
How often can I expect to come to therapy?
While the frequency of sessions might depend on goals and/or availability, people generally find better results from meeting more often in the beginning of the process. This might look like once a week at the start of therapy and after communication about your process, it might look like once every few weeks. I encourage feedback throughout your process to best ensure we continue to work well together.
What is confidentiality?
Basically, what is said to your counselor stays within the session. This provides clients with the privacy to explore obstacles in a safe environment. There are exceptions to this rule which will be reviewed during our first session together and on your initial paperwork.