Many people have questions about the process of counseling.
Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
People seek counseling for many different reasons: a crisis, a loss, a major life change, to sort things out to have a happier life, or to improve relationships. Counseling begins with an initial meeting with the therapist to gather information and history in order to develop a plan to meet each individual's/family's needs. Counseling may include individual, group, and/or family sessions.
Each session lasts typically 45 to 50 minutes. Your therapist will establish with you a regular schedule based on your specific need. A person may come to counseling once or twice or may choose to continue counseling until they have met their goals for life improvement.
Each individual session costs $90 depending upon the experience and credentials of the counselor. The fee will be collected at the start of each session. Our groups are typically $40 per session.
All of your conversations with the Grand Junction Counseling Center staff are completely confidential (except where mandated otherwise by law, as in the case of child abuse and/or elder abuse or imminent danger to yourself or others).
Yes. Teenagers are often helped by having individual sessions, participating in a group, or by family therapy. Teenagers can help the therapist decide what works best for them.
Stephen and Rebecaa have a Master’s degree in counseling and psychology. Each is registered by the State of Colorado to practice counseling.
They have specialized advanced training in specific areas of need. Please review each counselor's bio for more information regarding their specialized advanced training.
The term NCC stands for National Certified Counselor and means the therapist has passed the National Counseling Exam (NCE). The purpose of the NCE is to assess knowledge, skills, and abilities viewed as important for providing effective counseling services. The NCE is intended to assess cognitive knowledge which should be known by all counselors regardless of their individual professional specialties.
A Psychologist is a licensed professional who has completed a graduate program in Psychology that includes clinical training and internships, and who provides care for individuals with mental and emotional problems. Psychologists typically have a doctorate degree (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) and have undergone postdoctoral training; however, they are not physicians and cannot prescribe medication.
Psychologists are trained in a variety of psychotherapeutic techniques rather than in one particular school or theory.
A Psychiatrist is a licensed medical doctor (M.D.) who has had specialized postgraduate training in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental and emotional disorders. Psychiatrists are the only mental health professional licensed to prescribe medication. Board-certified psychiatrists have passed national oral and written examinations after completing a residency program in psychiatry.
The number of sessions depends on several factors, including but not limited to the goals for therapy, the severity of the issues encountered, and of course, the client's willingness to actively participate.
There is no charge for any session cancelled 24 or more hours prior to the scheduled time. However, sessions cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be charged a $90 fee.
Many insurance plans reimburse for some portion of psychotherapy. Please direct questions about reimbursement amounts and timeliness to your insurance company. Grand Junction Counselors are not contracted (in network, preferred provider) with any insurer. We will provide a receipt for the counseling service at the time of the appointment that may be used to submit for reimbursements upon request. Please note that we do not complete any insurance paperwork.
Choice: YOU and your therapist are in charge of goals, length of treatment, and therapeutic choices. Savings: You pay less because we don’t spend valuable hours on insurance paperwork. Privacy: Insurance requires diagnosis to authorize treatment. These negative labels can follow a client through life and interfere with insurability later. Your files are NOT shared with anyone.
My office is located in downtown Grand Junction: 115 N. 5th Street, Suite 401, Grand Junction, CO 81501 Click here for a map and for directions to our office.
I have daytime, evening, and weekend appointments available depending on your therapist. Please call or e-mail for availability. Call me at 970-640-2428or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Simply contact us and we will discuss an appropriate schedule for your first appointment.
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There are two ways to setup an appointment with one of our counselors:
1) Fill out the Contact Form and a counselor will call you with 24-hours; 2) Call our offices at (970) 640-2428.