Your Questions Answered
HOW DOES ONLINE COUNSELING WORK?
Online counseling, also known as online therapy or e-therapy, is a convenient way to seek help from the privacy of your home, office, or anywhere else you may be. If you have a busy schedule, do not have transportation, or are a caretaker to someone who needs you with them in the home, online counseling may be a better option for you rather than traditional counseling. At Strength, Love, and Motivation, online counseling/ therapy takes place over a computer via video conferencing. The only tools required is an electronic device with a camera and an Internet connection.
WHAT ARE YOUR FEES?
Diagnostic Interview/Intake - $160
Average Cost for Individual Counseling (per 45 - 60 minute session): $120 - $140
Average Cost for Relationship Counseling (couples, family members, groups) (per hour): $120 - $150
Cost for Clinical Supervision (per hour): $75
Average Cost for Consultation (per 45 - 60 minute session): $120 - $150
Accepted Payment Methods: American Express, Cash, Check, Discover, Flexible Spending Account, Health Savings Account, Mastercard, and Visa. I use IVY Pay to make payment as easy as possible for my clients.
DO YOU ACCEPT INSURANCE?
I currently accept Aetna Open Choice PPO, Beacon Health, Capital Blue Cross, Geisinger Health Plan, Health Advocate, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, Magellan, Optum, Quest Behavioral Health, UMR, TriCare Certified, United Healthcare, UPMC Insurance, and Wellspan Employee Assistance Program. I am in the process of being credentialed with the other main insurance companies accepted in Pennsylvania as well.
Making the decision to use insurance for counseling services is a serious one, and here are a few things to take into consideration, while making your decision. Many insurance companies require the counselor to assign a diagnosis to the client in order for them to pay for the session. The issue to consider is not all client's require a diagnosis as he or she may be seeking counseling because they are struggling with a temporary life situation or to work through grief. When a diagnosis is given to insurance companies, the diagnosis remains on the client’s health record permanently. Since the diagnosis is on the client’s permanent record, it may cause issues in the client’s future such as when they apply for certain jobs, school, the military, security clearances, and for life insurance. When a client chooses to use their insurance, they often give the insurance company access to their records. This allows the insurance company to request progress notes from the client’s session, which is an invasion of client privacy. Insurance companies also have the right to limit the amount of sessions a client may have with the counselor, and they may choose not to cover the type of treatment the client needs.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN CLINICAL SUPERVISION?
The purpose of supervision is to aid in the professional development of supervisees and ensure the welfare of clients. My supervisory approach focuses strongly on multicultural competence, major conceptual approaches, techniques, ethical and legal issues, and appropriate therapeutic interventions. I aim to guide supervisees in exploring their new professional identities. I use a constructivist approach to cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) model for supervision. The constructivist approach to CBT supervision model involves a collaborative relationship between the supervisor and supervisee. In clinical supervision, the CBT model provides adaptability of techniques including modeling, role-playing, feedback, reinforcement, and collaborative goal setting. As a CBT supervisor, I will be methodical and precise and will utilize an outline for supervision sessions and discuss progress previous sessions. In implementing another important concept of the constructivist approach to CBT supervision, I will impart suitable behavior of a counselor and work to eliminate inappropriate behaviors. Close monitoring and assessment are two techniques I will apply. As a CBT supervisor, I will request recordings of supervisees’ entire sessions with a client, and I will assign homework as an intervention in supervision. I will also look for a demonstration of technical mastery in supervisees. I will blend developmental models such as Bernard’s Discrimination Model with CBT to determine various needs and levels of supervisees throughout our supervisory relationship.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN CONSULTATION FOR CHILD BEHAVIORAL ISSUES?
Consultations will involve aiding parents in dealing with children that are exhibiting behavioral issues. The focus will be to aid in the following:
Direct the implementation of behavior modification intervention plans
Identify behavioral goals
Utilize a strength based approach in designing behavior modification plans
Conduct functional behavior assessments
Data collection and analysis
Identify behavioral goals and intervention techniques, and recommend least restrictive behavioral change methods
Provide assessments in regards to the strength and therapeutic needs of assigned clients and their families
Create and discuss coping strategies
Work with families to determine an assessment of family need and appropriate treatment modalities
Form instructional strategies to promote critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills