- What will happen in my first session?
- How long will it take before my problems get better?
- What are your fees?
- Do you prescribe medication?
- Do you accept medical insurance?
What will happen in my first session?
The purpose of the first session is to evaluate your situation and make recommendations about the best course of action to help you reach your goals. Your therapist will have many questions about your history and current situation, and will also strive to answer all of your questions.
If you are coming to counseling as a couple, we will meet with both of you to learn the history of your relationship and your view of your current situation. If you are seeking help for a child, we will typically meet with you at the first session and have you bring your child to the next meeting. If you are seeking help for an adolescent, both you and your child will attend the first session.
How long will it take before my problems get better?
The length of time an individual is in counseling varies greatly, depending on the nature of the problem and your participation. It can range from a few weeks to a year or more. At McConaghie Counseling, most people begin to see significant improvement in three to six months. Keep in mind that most emotional and/or relationship problems have evolved over several years, and it is unrealistic to expect them to be solved quickly. In most cases, sessions are scheduled weekly and then spaced farther apart as your goals begin to be met.
What are your fees?
Our fees vary depending upon the therapist you see and the length of your session. Please call or email us with specific questions – see the CONTACT page.
Do you prescribe medication?
No, only a psychiatrist or your doctor can prescribe medication. Most problems can be solved without medication. However, some problems include a medical component and medication is a valuable resource. During the counseling process we can help you determine whether or not medication is indicated. If it is, we can refer you to a psychiatrist and collaborate with him or her in order to coordinate your care.
Do you accept medical insurance?
We are not members of any insurance panels. However, many of our clients use their out of network benefits to obtain reimbursement for our services. Most mental health services and psychotherapy are covered by insurance. Insurance coverage varies widely; we recommend that you review your benefits to determine your expected reimbursement.
If you wish to use your insurance benefits, it will be necessary for you to file for reimbursement directly with your carrier. You will receive an insurance form to attach to your claim form upon payment at the end of each session.