Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some frequently asked questions that clients have about Arise Counseling Services. If you have any other questions, feel free to reach out and I would be happy to respond.
How long does treatment take?
The answer to this question is different for everyone. Sometimes people begin to feel better after just a few sessions and some people choose to continue to attend for months or years.
How long are the sessions? How frequently do they take place?
Sessions typically last between 45-55 minutes and are held on a weekly basis. However, if you have any specific needs for for a different arrangement, I would be happy to discuss this with you.
What are your hours?
My hours are currently Monday-Friday from 9AM-5PM, but on Thursdays I offer some evening appointments until 8PM. My office is not open on the weekends. I also may be able to provide after-hours appointments via telehealth.
What is an intake like?
When you schedule an intake with me, I email you a set of documents to be filled out and returned electronically. The intake session is spent reviewing these documents and getting a general understanding of your mental health concerns. I use this information to create a treatment plan for you which we use to guide the rest of your treatment.
Can I bring a family member with me?
My primary concern, especially at the beginning of therapy, is for you to feel comfortable and supported, and you can bring a partner, friend, or family member into your sessions to support you. If you would like to receive services that are more focused on family or couples issues, I offer those forms of therapy as well.
What if I want to get help for someone else?
We have all been in a situation where we see our friends and family members suffering, and we want to get them help. If you have a loved one who needs help, and they are over 18, they must call and set up an appointment themselves. For therapy to be successful, the person must have a desire to engage in therapy themselves, and I cannot ethically try to help someone who does not consent to services. If you are looking for help for your child, I would be happy to talk with you more about the services that I offer for children and teens.
How are services paid for?
I am an in network provider for Highmark Blue Shield and I am working toward being a part of other insurance networks. I accept payment for services or copays as required by insurance companies prior to delivering services. I can accept payment via credit card, cash, or check.
If you have a different form of insurance, you might be able to be reimbursed by your insurance carrier. I can provide you with an invoice for services that you can submit to your insurance company to be reimbursed partially or fully for sessions. I recommend that you contact your insurance company prior to beginning services to see if this is an option for you.
What is the difference between a counselor and a psychiatrist?
I am a licensed professional counselor, meaning that I have education, training, and experience at providing mental health treatment through outpatient therapy. Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in mental health, and they are able to prescribe medication. I am not able to prescribe medications, but I can provide you with a referral to see a doctor or psychiatrist who is able to assess you to see if medication would be beneficial.