Frequently Asked Questions

Many people have questions about the process of counseling.

Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

How does counseling work?

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.

How long does it take?

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.

How much does counseling cost?

The standard fee for psychotherapy is $100 per hour.  This is based upon a 50 minute hour with a minimum charge of one-half hour.  The initial session, called an “Intake”, is usually one and one half hour and costs $150.

Additional time, beyond the 50 minute hour, will be charged in one-tenth of an hour intervals.

Sessions scheduled after 6 PM on a weekday will be billed at $150 per hour.

Sessions scheduled on Saturdays will be billed at $150 per hour.

There is a 10% discount if sessions are paid ten sessions in advance.  There are no refunds for sessions paid in advance.  However, credits may be used at any time in the future and are transferable.

I reserve the right to charge for phone calls which take more than one-tenth of an hour at my discretion at the standard hourly rate.  This will be charged in one-tenth of an hour increments.  Phone calls on weekends, holidays and after 6 PM will be billed at double the standard hourly rate.

Will what I share be kept private?

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).

Do you offer services to teenagers?

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.

What kind of training does your staff have?

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.

What is an NCC?   

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.

What is a Psychologist?

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.

What is a Psychiatrist?   

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.

What agency licenses Professional Counselors (LPC) in Colorado?

The practice of both licensed and unlicensed persons in the field of psychotherapy is regulated by the Colorado State Departments of Regulatory Agencies.  See:www.dora.state.co.us

How many counseling sessions will I need?   

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.

What if I have to cancel my counseling session?   

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 $100 fee.

Will my insurance company pay for counseling?  

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.

Why Don’t You Accept Insurance?

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.

Where is your office and what are your hours?   

My office is located in downtown Grand Junction:  115 N. 5th Street, Suite 401, Grand Junction, CO 81501

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 stephen@grandjunctioncounseling.com

How do I start counseling?  

Simply contact us and we will discuss an appropriate schedule for your first appointment.

Call us at (970) 970-640-2428 or fillout the contact form (click on the “Request More Information” button below)

How do I start counseling?  

Simply contact us and we will discuss an appropriate schedule for your first appointment.

Call us at (970) 970-640-2428 or email us at info@grandjunctioncounseling.com or fill out the contact form below.

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