Therapists can treat anyone who has any mental health issue. Because I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I can diagnose individuals and children using the DSM 5 Diagnostic Manual. I cannot prescribe medication. Below is a list of the most typical issues that I see people for. I'm more than happy to give referrals to clients who are dealing with same-sex attraction, gender dysphoria, eating disorders or severe self-harm.
Therapists, like any other professional, typically have specific hours they are available. To have therapy be consistent, a client should find a therapist that has a schedule that matches their availability.
There are rare times when there is a clinical emergency. These emergencies can be accommodated according to the therapist's availability. If the therapist can't see the client in a timely manner, referrals are sometimes made so to crisis agencies so the client can be seen in a timely manner.
I'm in the office Mondays from 1-10p, Tuesdays from 8-2p and sometimes Saturdays. Clients are offered the next appointment available within those time slots. The evening appointments fill the fastest so if a client can be seen during the day, typically they can get in quicker.
Once treatment goals have been met therapy becomes more of an "as needed" situation. Clients are always welcome back for a touch up session or to begin treatment again if needed.
Often times many folks wonder what the first session will look like. People wonder what to expect from that first session, how long it will be, who should attend that first session and what things to bring with them and any other information they need to be aware of.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?
The first session is an Intake Session or Assessment Session. This gives the client an opportunity to try on the therapist. Expectations of both the client and therapist are discussed. Information regarding the presenting issue as well as the clients past, present and hope for the future is also discussed at length. Specific questions may be asked to determine if a diagnosis is appropriate. At the end of the first session, clients identify what they'd like their treatment goals to be. The therapist takes this information and creates a treatment plan.
HOW LONG WILL IT BE?
An intake/assessment session is typically 50-60 minutes. An additional 30 minutes is used to type the assessment and treatment plan however, that is done after the first session.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE FIRST SESSION?
Because the therapist will be gathering a bunch of information in that first session, it is really up to the client, clients or client's parents as to who attends that session. Typically, individual clients attend the session individually. Marital clients both attend the first session. Some parents like to go to the first session without the child due to the child's age or the content of what the parent(s) need to inform the therapist of without the child overhearing things. Many bring the child with them to the first visit.
WHAT THINGS SHOULD BE BROUGHT TO THE FIRST SESSION?
Most therapists have their Intake Forms online. It is a good idea to print off and fill those things out prior to the first session. This allows for the client to receive a full session without using session time to fill out paperwork. Clients sign Releases of Information Forms during the first session after it is explained in depth. It is wise to include a list of current medications, including doses, with the initial paperwork. Likewise, if there have been any previous assessments, evaluations or tests done regarding the client, it is beneficial to bring copies of those things as well. Copies of divorce decrees or court orders are also helpful if appropriate.
The quick answer is $135 for the initial Assessment Session, $90 for each 50-minute session after, $200 for a six week Parenting the Love and Logic Way class and $35 for one session of the Parenting the Love and Logic Way class. Broken down, this is what that looks like:
Intake Session ($135): The first session is an assessment session where the client and therapist talk about the client's expectations of the therapist and the process, where the therapist discusses expectations of the client in the process and where the therapist gathers a lot of different information about the client's past and present so they can begin working towards the client's future.
It is a 50-60 minute face-to-face session. After the session, the therapist spends about 30 minutes typing your assessment (with a diagnosis if necessary) and types a measurable treatment plan. This plan includes measurable objectives and goals determined by the client. Research based interventions are identified to best suit the client's specific needs. Regular Treatment Plan Reviews occur allowing the client to feel progressive and informed.
So, the $135 pays for the 50-60 minute face-to-face session and the additional 30 minutes of the assessment and treatment plan write ups.
Individual/Marital/Family Sessions ($90): Each session after the intake session is a 45-50 minute session that allows the client and therapist to work towards achieving the treatment goals set. The additional 10 to 15 minutes of the hour allows the therapist time to document the session.
Some therapists accept insurance, I do not for very specific reasons. I accept self-pay via cash, check, debit/credit card due upon the time of service or bishop pay that is billed directly to the bishop on or around the 1st of each month.
Parenting the Love and Logic Way Full Course ($200): The full course includes registration for up to two people (couples or friends, Six 2 hour sessions utilizing the Parenting the Love and Logic Way Curriculum facilitated by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a workbook for up to two people (couples share), and other supplemental materials.
Parenting the Love and Logic Way Session ($35): One session includes registration for up to two people (couples or friends), One 2 hour sessions utilizing the Parenting the Love and Logic Way Curriculum facilitated by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and other supplemental materials. A workbook can be purchased separately for $12.00.
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