1. Can I use my insurance benefits for counseling?
Yes, the Steps Counseling Center, LLC does accept most major health plans. Please see our "payment/fee's" page for complete details of how insurance benefits can be utilized at our center.
2. How long does a counseling session last?
Therapy sessions as defined by the AMA Current Procedural Terminology Coding are 45-60 minutes. This is know as a "clinical hour". Longer appointments are sometimes useful and can be scheduled if you let your therapist know ahead of time. Please note that insurance companies have very strict guidelines on how many minutes can be spent with a client and reimbursement/billing procedures. If you have specific questions regarding session length, please discuss with your therapist.
3. How frequently will I be meeting with my therapist and for how long?
Counseling is a very individualized treatment and your treatment plan will be formulated between you and your therapist within the first few treatment sessions. It is very common to meet weekly or bi-monthly at the start of treatment and then less frequently as your work progresses. Many treatment plans require an average of 6-12 sessions over a 3-6 month time period.
4. Do you treat children?
Yes, we do indeed love to work with children at the Steps Counseling Center,LLC, but very often our hours conflict with school attendance and therefore it is recommended that you seek a provider with evening or weekend hours for your child.
5. What should I expect my first session?
We understand that your first session may be quite stressful and anxiety provoking. Making this appointment and coming to counseling are incredibly difficult things to do.
During your first session you will complete, sign and review all new client paperwork.
You and your therapist will be learning about one another, and you will be deciding if you feel that the therapist and her modality of treatment are the right match for you and your goals. Your therapist will be learning about you, your history, goals and concerns. At the end of this first session your therapist should be able to tell you if she feels she has the right clinical expertise to participate with you in the counseling process or not. A general treatment plan will be formulated.