FAQAnswers to the most commonly asked questions regarding counseling services
How do I set up an appointment?
There are several ways to schedule an appointment, so you can choose the option that’s easiest for you.
You can call me at 404.590.6005. I do my best to answer phone calls, but if you get my voicemail that means I’m either in session or simply away from the phone. Please feel free to leave a message on my confidential voicemail, and I will return your call as soon as possible.
Send me an email at Lauren@revivecounseling.com
You can also contact me through my online form.
If you have any questions, just ask! I’m here to help. I sincerely look forward to hearing from you!
What happens in the first session?
Great question! When you make the decision to begin counseling, you take a huge step toward obtaining mental and emotional health for yourself and your relationships (aka: feeling better!). However, I understand that if you don’t know what to expect from the process, it can feel a bit scary. Please know, one of my top priorities is that you feel safe in process of therapy and in our therapeutic relationship. If you have any questions or concerns as we begin, please bring them to my attention before or during our first session.
Upon scheduling your first appointment, you will be sent the forms to complete and bring with you to your session. These forms will provide me with some information about you, but also give you additional information about the counseling process with me.
When you arrive, please have a seat in our waiting room and feel free to help yourself to a complimentary beverage at our coffee station. At your appointment time, I will greet you and invite you into my office. Here you will be invited to share your story and we will begin to identify why you are seeking help at this time. I will find out from you what is not working and help identify ways we can work together to make it better. Our first session will primarily be a time to identify what brought you to therapy as well as to establish your goals for therapy. This early time is significant as I come to understand your history and any other contributing factors related to your therapy goals. If all goes well, we will then decide how often we will meet and what issues we will work on together.
Keep in mind that therapy is a team effort, and as a team our purpose is to accomplish the goals you desire to reach. I want to encourage you to be realistic and patient about this process as therapy is rarely a quick fix, but rather a rich process that requires time as well as a trusting relationship built between us.
I sincerely look forward to meeting you!
What do you charge for therapy?
As a highly trained therapist, dually licensed as both a Marriage and Family Therapist and Professional Counselor, my goal is to help you feel better and to have the healthy, happy relationships you deserve! Counseling sessions are 50-minutes in length and cost $130 per session. Acceptable forms of payment include check, cash and all major credit and debit cards. There is a $5 discount for those who opt to pay with check or cash.
Do you take insurance for reimbursement?
I understand that having health insurance can be important when you have medical issues and expenses. However, I strongly encourage you to consider the long-term implications before using your insurance for your counseling sessions. Using your medical insurance for counseling has some risks involved. In order to use your medical insurance for counseling, you must be given a mental disorder diagnosis and that diagnosis will become a part of your permanent medical record. Having a mental diagnosis on your record may carry long-term implications and may hinder you from being able to obtain life insurance, disability or health insurance in the future. Additionally, filing an insurance claim means your diagnosis, dates of service, etc., are no longer totally confidential, and your insurance company will be aware of your treatment and diagnosis.
Most insurance companies do not pay for couples counseling as they do not see relationship struggles as a medical problem. And I agree – relationship issues are not medical problems. This is why I do not accept insurance directly, nor do I provide statements of reimbursement for couples counseling or premarital counseling. I want to help you with your relationships– not potentially cause more problems later due to a diagnosis on your records!
Some therapists accept insurance for reimbursement without informing their clients of this crucial information. I want you to be fully informed of these risks and implications before you make a decision to use your insurance for counseling. Hopefully, this knowledge will help prevent any unwanted emotional, relational and financial stress that may be caused by having an mental disorder diagnosis on your medical record.
For individuals who completely understand the risks involved with being given a mental diagnosis, and who still want to use their insurance for counseling, I can provide a statement for insurance reimbursement for out-of-network counseling.
What if I need to cancel my appointment?
If you need to cancel your appointment, please do so at least 48 hours in advance of your scheduled session time. You will be responsible for the full fee and charged for the time reserved when cancellations are received less than 48 hours in advance.
Will my sessions be confidential?
Yes. Confidentiality is a key component of the counseling relationship, allowing you a safe place to work through personal issues. Your right to confidentiality will be carefully maintained and will not be disclosed without your written permission, except in cases of possible harm to yourself or others (especially children or the elderly) or a criminal court subpoena.
Please note that in couples counseling I do not agree to keep secrets. Information revealed in any context may be discussed either partner.
Shouldn't I be able to handle this by myself? Does seeing a therapist mean I'm weak or flawed?
Therapy has gotten a bad rap over the years. In a society that tells us we need to “have it all” while appearing to “have it all together”, asking for help can be difficult. I urge my clients to view therapy as a healthy way to invest in themselves and their relationships, just as one might invest into a 401k or a college education to be better equipped for the future. Therapy is no different. It is a choice to make a proactive change in order to better yourself, your life and your relationships. Therapy is an investment in yourself that allows you to heal from past wounds, grow into the person you aspire to be and thrive in your life and relationships.