Frequently Asked Questions
I am new to therapy, how does this work?
The goal of therapy is to build a working relationship where you feel comfortable to address deeply personal issues with another human being, your counselor. Therefore, I offer a FREE 15 minute phone consultation to briefly discuss what you desire to gain through counseling and to determine if we are a good fit to work together. From there we will schedule your first session.
Expect this initial Intake Session to last about 60-90 minutes. During this session, your counselor will ask you to explain in greater detail the challenges that brought you to counseling. In addition, she will gather more information about your past and present situation. Subsequent sessions will last 50-60 minutes and be oriented toward what you have agreed upon is your most pressing need for therapy.
How do I schedule a session?
The first step is by having a FREE 15 minute phone consultation with Tammy to determine if she is a good choice for the issue that you are wanting help with and to determine if you are a good match for therapy. If you decide you want to move forward with counseling, then she will schedule your 60-90 minute Intake Session. All subsequent sessions will be scheduled at the end of each session.
How will we meet?
Offering in-person and secure HIPAA compliant tele-health/video appointments.
How long will it take?
That depends on what you want to accomplish and how motivated you are to work on the issues that bring you to counseling. There is no set timeline for reaching therapy goals. Therapy sessions are collaboration between you and your clinician and together you will set goals that will guide your treatment. Therapy ceases once you and your counselor agree that you have met your goals. Many individuals find 12 to 16 sessions is sufficient, while others need ongoing therapy for several months or sometimes years to address the issues they are bringing them to counseling.
What forms of payment do you accept?
Payment is expected at the time of services. We accept Cash, Check, all major Credit Cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) and Health Savings Account Cards.
New Path Counseling, LLC is considered an out-of-network provider. Many insurance companies give out-of-network reimbursement for mental health services. Please check with your insurance provider to understand what reimbursement options are available to you.
Do you accept insurance?
I have chosen not to contract with insurance companies because of the restrictions and limitations they place on the counseling process. Insurance companies require a diagnosis in order to compensate for services received. The challenge with this is that not everyone who seeks out counseling is struggling with a diagnosable mental health disorder. In addition, your insurance company can request copies of all treatment documents, including clinician’s notes to verify treatment. In this case, your insurance company would have access with no protection of your confidentiality. Another concern is that insurance companies many times only approve a limited number of sessions, thereby interfering with the therapeutic process. By being self-pay, you can continue to receive therapy as long as is needed for you to achieve your goals.
Do you offer a sliding fee?
Discounted Individual Therapy rate available for service industry professionals (e.g. teachers, police officers, firemen)
In addition, for those that paying the full rate would be an economic hardship, I offer creative ways to schedule sessions with assignments for in between sessions.
What if I have to cancel an appointment?
Life happens and there may be a time when you need to reschedule. You can either call, email or text Tammy and your session will be rescheduled with no fee charged. If however, you skip a session with no notification, a $50 No Show fee will be charged to your credit card on file.