FAQ

 

It’s all a journey….

 

The process of picking a Mental Health Counselor/Therapist/Coach is a journey of an intimate nature.  You are taking the path of bravery not because your crazy but out of brokeneness (truthfully we are all broken) or just wanting to make sure you are doing it right and,  everybody has a story that fits their unique situation.  Seeking out a travel companion for your journey isn’t a statement of weakness but that of extreme strength as you acknowledge and surrender to the process of life which calls us to grow and mature and become wiser human beings through the seasons of life.  We are honored that you are considering Traveling Light Counseling and want to take a moment to answer some Frequently Asked Questions. 

Frequently asked questions

Do you recommend medications?


We do not prescribe medications, however we will work on dietary and lifestyle choices. More than ever, we understand the strong link between the quality of our diet and the health of our families and as you are well aware this includes both physical and mental health. The food mind connection is becoming more and more evident and indisputable as children and adults alike demonstrate negative psychological reactions. There's no denying that what we eat effects us, though we may not be fully aware of it's effect. We can become more aware through purposeful and intentional effort. This is especially true for kids and adults alike with the mix of symptoms (ADHD, Anxiety Disorder, OCD, ODD, etc.) According to Sandy Newmark, M.D., the author of ADHD Without Drugs and the medical director of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, "Dietary changes have not only improved symptoms of hyperactivity, concentration, and impulsivity in many cases, but also have calmed oppositional behavior." Does that mean no sugar? No gluten? No diary? With so much information out there your probably thinking "it's hard to know what information to trust and where to begin". Together we will walk through healthy lifestyle choices with purposeful and intentional effort in order to make the journey of life lighter.




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?


CANCELLATION POLICY: Please familiarize yourself with are late cancel/no show policy. We prioritize our clients by holding space for each person we see. When clients cancel an appointment, our clinicians offer that space to other clients who need an appointment that week. When clients cancel within 24-hours or no show, other clients miss out on an opportunity to be seen. If you would like to cancel an appointment, we ask that you do so with your therapist with at least 24-hour notice via the the client portal or phone. Anyone canceling an appointment with less than a 24-hour notice will be charged the full session fee ($115 for individuals, $125-155 for couples and families). Insurance does not cover no shows and late cancellations, so is the client’s responsibility to pay. We will charge the credit card on file for no shows and cancellations within 24-hours of scheduled session.




Do you take Medicare, Medicaid, Chip, Healthy Kids or Blue Cross Blue Shield


  • We do not accept insurance from Medicare, Medicaid, Chip or Healthy Kids.
  • We do work with a handful of companies as an out-of-network provider.
Learn more about insurance




Will I get to be involved with the process with my child?


We approach every family as unique, but we always seek input from parents. Parents are an integral part of the work we do with the child/adolescent and at least one parent will need to be involved in the therapeutic process. Sometimes a child/teen will tell me that they really want the counseling time to themselves; other chrildre/teens really want their parents in the counseling process with them. We will adapt our services to your family's needs creating a personalized treatment plan and work side by side with you in order to as Yvette like's to put it "work myself out of a job". We may suggest behavioral interventions, parenting books or different ways you can help your child. At the very least, we ask for parent feedback before or after sessions. Ultimately, your involvement though, will be integral in the progress of your son or daughter. In addition you may feel that the therapy process/parent coaching sessions become a little personal in nature and bring up some of your own struggles and sometimes individual therapy for you or the family will be recommended as part of the treatment plan. Why? Your well being has a direct effect on your child's well being as the saying goes the spiket flows down. Family Secrets. It's important that you are open about what's going on in the child's life. Even if either your child doesn't know or you feel it's no big deal. As family secrets are often the greatest hinderance to the therapeutic process and growth. When the whole picture is in view it helps with the proper planning of treatment.




Do you coordinate care with my child's school?


Yes! No man is an island. We coordinate care with not only their school but also with their school counselor, teachers, doctors, psychiatrist, grandparents and any other professionals or family members who are involved in helping your child succeed. All you need to do is provide me with a release of information.




What to do if my child/teen doesn't want to come?


If your child refused to go to school, attend a visit to their pediatrician or another doctor, what would you do? Especially if they were sick? You would naturally bring them anyways as you know what's best and want only what's best for your child. And that's exactly the way we see it as well. A child's/teens refusal is normal and is usually due to fear of the unknow and once rapport is estabilished the initial reluctance will disappear. With teens though they might require addional prompting in which we recommend that you require him/her to come to at least 3-5 sessions before deciding they don't want to come anymore.





Questions to Ask a Potential Counselor

FIT” is one of the biggest factors in whether counseling will be effective. Finding a great counselor can often be a monumental task and for good reason, as you are taking brave steps forward in your life to improve yourself, family or kids and inviting a perfect stranger to do that with.  You should always talk.....

Insurance & Rates

We are a private practice that is considered an out-of-network provider. What that means is that you will pay for sessions and seek reimbursement from your insurance. Depending on your plan you may receive full, partial, or no reimbursement, so we recommend you contact your insurance about your plan. We will assist you in any way possible.

How Does Counseling Work?

Counseling (or therapy, psychotherapy) is the process of meeting with a therapist (or counselor) in order to reduce internal suffering which occurs in the form of problematic behaviors, beliefs, feelings and somatic responses (sensations in the body).  In addition, ongoing psychotherapy is a useful means of self-growth and self-discovery....

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