Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What is counseling?
Counseling is the process of receiving assistance or guidance with resolving personal, social, or psychological problems. We offer a safe space and designated time to work through the things that are weighing you down and holding you back. At Fullness of Life Counseling, we believe every client, whether individual, couple, or family comes with strengths and resources that once combined with skills training and a lot of empowerment, encouragement, and accountability will result in a better life and outcome for our clients.
What happens during counseling?
First Session-The first session entails gathering all registration paperwork, reviewing confidentiality and other policies, and getting to know you. Our licensed therapist will ask a lot of questions, all designed to get a better picture of who you are. We will also begin to hear your story and what brings you to counseling.
Second Session-We continue to learn more about your challenges and together, we begin to formulate a TREATMENT PLAN. It includes 2-3 goals, the steps needed to accomplish the goals, and who will be responsible.
Additional Sessions-At an agreed upon day and time of the week, we will meet weekly to implement the treatment plan. This plan can be changed at any time, especially when goals are being met. Together, we decide the length of counseling and the frequency as well. Weekly appointment are recommended in the beginning and can be adjusted as goals are met.
Do you take insurance?
No, we do not. We can provide you with a receipt after each session which you can submit to your insurance for reimbursement. This is not guaranteed, please contact your insurance and ask about “Out-of-Network” Benefits before setting an appointment with us.
Do you offer a sliding scale rate?
I do have limited availability for individuals/families that cannot pay the full rate. This is a rate we agree on together once we decide to schedule the first appointment. I may ask for proof of financial need to verify need for sliding scale option.
I am also a provider on Open Path Psychotherapy Collective, a network of providers offering counseling at a reduced rate. Check my profile to see if I’m accepting clients at a reduced rate. (Click on the image)
How long will I need to see you?
The length of counseling depends on the client. The reason for coming to counseling and participation level really impacts the length of treatment. We meet for 50 minutes a week, the rest of the week if where the work and progress happen. Some people feel better in 6 weeks, others 12 weeks, some need support longer. It’s really based on you and customized to your experience.
How do I set up an appointment?
There is a 15 minute consult where we discuss your reasons for seeking counseling and begin to gather information about you. The best way to do that is to call (941) 800-1513 during our business hours or e-mail us to schedule the consult by phone or at the office.
What do I need to bring to my first appointment?
Once we schedule the first appointment, I will send you a registration link to be completed online. If you prefer a paper registration that will be completed in the first session. The only thing you will need is a form of payment.
I’m seeking counseling for my child, how does that work?
The initial interview is done with the parent and child, but mostly with the parent. Some parents may choose to do the initial interview without the child. The sessions are then focused on the child but I encourage parent participation every step of the way. Often times, I will meet with the parent at the beginning and end of the session if needed. If the issue is home or family related, family counseling will be suggested where the parents and siblings may participate during the entire session.
Still have questions? Call (941) 800-1513…