Common Questions about Christian Counseling
What is Christian Counseling?
I work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues providing services that span from therapy for depression and grief counseling to parenting support, couples counseling and beyond. In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each of my clients individual needs to help attain the personal growth and healing they are striving for. As a Christian practitioner I recognize it is important for those looking for a Christ-centered approach to know that I incorporate my faith and beliefs into counseling. I do not, however, require that my clients believe or practice the Christian faith in order to serve them.
How can Christian Counseling help me?
A number of benefits are available from participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
Developing skills for improving your relationships
Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
Improving communications and listening skills
Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
What is counseling like?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly). It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life.
What are your fees?
My fee is $195 per 50 minute session.
Do you take insurance?
I am currently an out of network provider for some insurance panels. I can provide billing statements for a client to submit to the insurance company for reimbursement of session fees. A client may be reimbursed the full or a partial amount of the session fee depending on the insurance provider. Some insurance companies do not reimburse for out-of-network providers. I recommend clients should contact their insurance company to find out what their particular plan does or does not cover. I am happy to work with clients to facilitate any reimbursement allowed by the policy.
Do you have a sliding scale?
I do reserve a limited section of my practice for clients who need a reduction in fees. If a client cannot afford the full fee, he/she can inquire about the lower fee slots. If I have any available, I am happy to accommodate a client. There are also other ways to help with payment. I can discuss a treatment plan that will meet each client’s needs and budget.
How do I pay?
I accept cash, checks, and credit cards. Payment is due at the beginning of the treatment session.
Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist’s office. Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent”. Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, Naturopath, Attorney), but by law your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.
However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:
* Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
* If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threated to harm another person.
Where are you located?
My counseling office is located in Mission Valley.