Frequently Asked Questions
There are many reasons why an individual might choose to pursue therapy. Some individuals may be going through a major change or new transition which might caused them to feel overwhelmed by life's demands (motherhood, starting college, new career, etc.). Others may need assistance navigating concerns such as low self-esteem, anxiety, trauma and/or relationship issues (romantic, social or work-related). Still others may want to increase their awareness/insight into themselves and their relationships with others.
No matter the reason, therapy can provide a safe haven for these individuals wanting to explore and learn ways to manage their feelings/symptoms effectively. In other words, people seeking therapy are ready to grow and make changes in order to live more authentically!
That being said, it is completely natural to feel nervous and even a bit anxious before starting counseling. Below are some of the most commonly asked questions individuals have regarding the counseling progress. If you don't see your question listed, that is ok! Feel free to call or email me directly and I will be happy to answer questions you might have!
What are the costs for services?
The current cost for services are $145.00 for a 50-55 minute individual session and $180.00 for a 75 minute intake or sandtray session for out-of-network or self-pay clients. Please contact me directly for questions about consultation fees and possible discounted rates for treatment.
What remains confidential in session?
Any healthy relationship is built upon a foundation of trust and security and the therapy relationship is no different. Before engaging in the the therapeutic process, every therapist should provide a written or electronic copy of their informed consent for their clients to sign prior to their first session. That being said, there are certain situations in which a therapist might be required to break confidentially and these situations can include: Suspected abuse or neglect of children or elderly adults, if the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming themselves and/or if the client has threatened to harm another person.
Do you accept insurance?
At this time, I am not accepting new clients looking to file claims with their insurance providers. Please keep in mind that choosing to not file with your insurance provider allows you to be in full control of your treatment in therapy. Should you wish to file for out-of-network reimbursement for your sessions, I am happy to provide a receipt (Superbill) for self-pay clients. If you are interested in filing for out-of-network reimbursement, please contact your insurance provider for more information about the types of documentation they require.
As of January 1, 2022, the No Surprises Act (NSA) was put into effect which requires that all healthcare providers notify patients regarding the NSA’s protections against surprise billing for out-of-network or self-pay services. Therefore, in accordance with this law you have the legal right to ask that Authentic Living Counseling & Consulting, LLC provide a "Good Faith Estimate" at least 1 business day before your scheduled session for services if you are planning to utilize out-of-network options for treatment (AKA: not filling through insurance).
Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate. For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises or call 800-985-3059.
Are you available for speaking engagements/consultation?
Yes! Michelle offers professional consultation for fellow mental health professionals or individuals looking to expand their knowledge on mental health issues. The cost for a 60 minute consultation is $100.00 and Michelle offers both virtual and in-person appointments. For speaking events Michelle charges $450.00 for the first 60 minutes and $200.00 for every hour after the initial charge. (Ex: 3 hours = $850.00 for services). In addition, the cost of travel/gas will also be included in the invoice for speaking engagements. Some topics Michelle has presented on include: Perfectionism, Interpersonal Violence Awareness and Prevention, Relational Trauma, Suicide Awareness and Prevention, Career Development, Professional Development for Counselors and more.