Frequently Asked Questions of MN Counseling Therapy
How will I know if you are the right therapist for me?
Most people have a good sense of fit after going through my website pages, including watching some of the videos. If you have specific questions, just text those questions to 320-223-9481
Who do you work with?
Adults of all ages. Teenagers age 15 and older. Couples & individual therapy. Note: I have many clients who are self-employed and work with business, personal and relational challenges.
Who don’t you work with?
People age 14 or younger People currently having suicidal ideation People with personality disorder diagnoses
What issues do you specialize in?
Couples Counseling, including: infidelity’s, no sex or low sex relationships, addictive patterns impacting the couples happiness, better couples’ communication Individual Therapy for: relationship difficulties, mid-life challenges including career, workplace challenges & work-home balance Men’s Issues Anger therapy ADD/ADHD difficulties Career Counseling
Do you accept insurance for individual therapy?
No, It is all private pay. I do have a sliding fee scale. Note: Couples’ Counseling is not covered by insurance as it is not a diagnosed mental illness.
What are your rates?
Sliding Fee Scale Is Based On Combined Household Income, Before TaxesLess than $100,000 = $135.00; $100,000 – $149,999 = $155.00; $150,000 – $199,999 = $175.00; $200,000 – $249,999 = $200.00; $250,000 or More = $250.00
What is your availability?
Usually the same week Most always the week after Sometimes the same day Unlike most counselor therapists, I do not schedule on the hour, but instead, space sessions 1.5 hours apart. You will receive a full hour of therapy. If your session lasts a little longer than one hour, I will not charge you an additional fee beyond the hourly rate.
What happens during the first session?
I do my best to understand you, your challenges, and the barriers that have prevented you from moving forward. You will gain strategies that are likely to immediately help. You will have a clear understanding of what to do on your own to improve your situation and/or relationship.
What is your cancellation policy?
As much notice as possible, 24 hours prior to cancellation is preferred. I do not charge a fee. For clients who repeatedly do not give reasonable notice, that client loses their right to schedule ahead and can contact me on the day they want a session. If I have an opening that day, they will be able to schedule.
How do I become a client of yours?
Click on the “New Clients” button at the top of the page. It brings you to a quick checklist to make sure that it makes sense for you to work with me. At the bottom of the list is a link to my client portal with my practice management partner, Counsol.com
Do you prescribe medication?
No. Only medical professionals including psychiatrists prescribe medications.
How often will we meet for therapy?
Most people see me on an every-other-week basis to start. We cut back on the frequency as people have a positive change. Occasionally I will see people weekly for a short period of time to restore stability in their lives.
How long does it take to fill out the intake information?
Start to finish the intake form takes about 20 minutes.
If I still have questions, may I contact you?
Yes! Text is preferred as I can usually get back to you in the least amount of time.
For couples counseling, can just one of us register and fill out the intake information?
Each of you must register separately and each must fill out your own intake forms.
What Are Your Communications With A Couple Outside of the Session?
Emails, phone calls, or texts outside of the therapy session are limited to non-therapy concerns, such as scheduling changes. The therapist cannot keep secrets if you text, call, or email with therapy concerns. An exception is if you are concerned about your physical safety or the safety of other family members. Please note that psychotherapists are mandated reporters in the state of Minnesota.