Frequently Asked Questions

Do You Accept Insurance?

I am an in-network provider for:

Tri Care West 

Beacon and Military One Source

United Healthgroup

Aetna   

HMC Healthworks 

Veterans Administration 

This means I can submit bills to this agency to request for payment of services.  I have online access their billing services.  You may want to check with the insurance company to determine if you have coverage for counseling.

I am considered an out-of-network provider for Blue Cross Blue Shield.  This means you can submit a claim for partial fee reimbursement from your insurance company.  Although many insurance companies reimburse a percentage of the fee, when you factor in not having to pay a co-pay, the difference is oftentimes similar.  The benefit of not receiving counseling services provided through your insurance provider is that you can choose any counselor rather than being limited to only the providers on the insurance company’s list.  Another advantage is that everything we discuss truly remains confidential, is not shared with a third-party, and does not appear on other medical records.

What is the Cost of Counseling?
You can book a session 
Online Scheduler and make payment (if not covered by an EAP or Military One Source referral source) at the time of the session.  Most major credit cards are accepted.  All sessions are 50 minutes long and include complimentary follow-up phone consultation (up to 10 minutes). 

 

Here is a list of my current rates: 

$105 – initial session

$90 – 50 minute session after initial session

$85 – when pre-paid for two sessions in advance


I also use a sliding scale for anyone who requests this option.


What is Your Counseling Services Cancellation Policy?

You will be expected to pay for your session time unless you provide a minimum 24-hours advance notice of cancellation.  You will also be expected to pay for your session time if you cancel two or more times in a row regardless of advance notice of cancellation.  Some exceptions are made for circumstances outside of your control.

How Long is Each Counseling Session?
Each session runs on the top of the hour and is 50 minutes in length.  This allows for documentation and scheduling at the end of each session.  Fifty minutes is considered the standard length of most counseling sessions in the United States.  However, it is possible to book two sessions back-to-back if you would prefer to have a longer single session.  This is especially helpful early-on as you share your background and history, or for couples counseling.

Is What We Talk About in Counseling Kept Confidential?
The law protects the privacy of all communication between a psychotherapist and client, with only a few restrictions.  Those restrictions are discussed in detail prior to beginning therapy.  HIPAA (Health Information Portability and Accountability Act) is also a federal law that protects patient rights with regard to use of protected health information.

Are you Available for Complimentary Phone Consultation?
I am available for a 15 minute complimentary phone or face-to-face consultation if you are considering becoming a client and would like to discuss details about my approach and process.  Current clients are also allowed complimentary phone consultation in between our sessions, limited to 10 minutes. Phone consultation for a longer period of time is available, but will be considered a full-session.

What is the Difference Between a Counselor, Psychiatrist, Psychologist, or Social Worker?
A psychiatrist (MD, DO) is a medical doctor who went through medical school.  A nurse practitioner (NP, DNP) is usually either a masters or doctoral level trained nurse.  Both of these designations have the training to prescribe medication and often work in tandem with counselors, psychologists, and social workers in supplementing therapy with medication.  Medication alone is not a solution for most individual’s challenges and research has shown that a combination of therapy and medication is more effective than medication alone.  In many states a psychologist and counselor educator both have doctoral level training such as a PhD, PsyD, or EdD.  Both have significant training in counseling, although counselor educators may have more training specifically in mental health counseling.  In some states a psychologist could also have a masters degree, similar to a licensed professional counselor or licensed clinical social worker (LCSW).  Some social workers have a bachelors degree, although an LCSW requires a masters degree.  A licensed clinical professional counselor, licensed clinical social worker, and licensed psychologist are all in the family referred to as psychotherapists and will all have a minimum of a masters degree, with significant training and exam-required proficiency to counsel the majority of mental health challenges.  I am a licensed professional counselor, a board certified national counselor, a certified reciprocal advanced alcohol and drug counselor, and a professional certified coach with a EdD in educational leadership, a EdSp in professional counseling, and a MS in occupational education.

 


What is Your Theoretical Approach to Counseling?

Emotionally Focused Therapy (E.F.T.)
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is helpful for improving your relationship with others (couples, family members, co-workers, friends).  It is based on the idea that each individual develops emotional patterns that could contribute to potentially distressing cycles of interaction.  Exploring emotions together in therapy can help reveal particular patterns, their triggers, and the dynamic of how those emotions interlock or play off of one another.  Developing emotional intelligence and emotional awareness begins in a safe therapeutic environment where each individual is allowed to express their experiences and feelings without judgment.  The goal is to eventually learn how to release stressful feelings or anxieties and move into a place of validation (feeling heard and understood by others).  Learning how to feel secure in releasing and validating these feelings around others lays a foundation for developing deeper healthier relationships.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (C.B.T.), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (D.B.T.), Mindfulness Training, Psychoanalytic Counseling, Gestalt Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (R.E.B.T.), NeuroLinguistic Programming (N.L.P.), and Existential Therapy
Part of my toolbox of therapeutic techniques involves incorporating the use of number of additional mental health theoretical approaches.  One such approach is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).  CBT is well known for helping individuals identify and change unhealthy or distorted thought patterns.  These thought patterns can then trigger emotional responses that form a chain of emotional events.  This process happens so quickly that it is often outside of the awareness of an individual and therefore requires a significant process of unraveling over time.  Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) is behavioral in nature and helps individuals develop new skills for coping with emotions and interacting with others.  This involves developing mindful awareness based on living in the present moment and accepting each moment as it is without influence from past preconceived beliefs or emotions.  DBT helps a client accept the present moment with a non-judgmental stance and works towards developing new models of interacting with self and others.  Psychoanalysis or psychodynamic approaches focus on analyzing past events and how those events shape our present and future.  This often involves looking at your attachment to your surroundings, care providers, role-models, and peers.  It also strives to help an individual develop awareness and coping skills for dealing with past unresolved issues.  Gestalt and Existential therapy focus on pulling everything together by contextualizing the whole person or whole experience with the feelings, thoughts, or behaviors that an individual is struggling with.  Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a goal-focused approach used in coaching to help individuals understand how neurological pathways can be reshaped in an effort to change behaviors, thoughts, and feelings.

Feel Free to Contact Me Directly Regarding Any Other Questions About my Counseling Services in the Warrensburg, Missouri area.  (660) 202-6729 or mpc1015@outlook.com

 

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