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  • General
    Questions about our practice and about therapy in general
  • Where are you located?

    We are located in Little 5 Points in Midtown Atlanta in the office part on the main strip of Moreland at 427 Moreland Avenue, Suite 100B. There is parking behind our building on the corner of Moreland and Euclid. From the back of the building, the entrance has a green umbrella over the door that says “Offices”. Take the elevator to the 2nd floor. After exiting the elevator, you will turn left and we are at the very end of the hallway.

    You can visit this link to download directions: http://www.aplaceformecounseling.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Directions-to-A-Place-for-Me-Counseling.pdf

  • Where can I find you on social media?

    Our counselors do not personally accept friend requests from clients, as it would be a breach of confidentiality. However, we do have a Facebook, Twitter, and a Pinterest page that we would LOVE for you to follow and interact with!

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AP4ME
    Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ap4mcounseling
    Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/ap4mecounseling

  • When are you available for appointments?

    Our counselors’ schedules vary from day-to-day. Generally, we are available from 3pm-7pm. However, please contact us to see which day and times would be available.

  • I'm interested in setting up an appointment. How do I go about doing this?

    You can set up an appointment one of two ways:

    1. You can call our office at (404) 228-3976 and schedule an appointment. You'll be asked a few basic information questions, including a brief rundown of what is bringing you in for therapy-- Don't worry, it will remain confidential.

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    2. You can fill out our referral form that will ask a few basic information questions, including a brief rundown of what is bringing you in for therapy.
    Once you submit the form to us, we will contact you within 48 hours to schedule your appointment.

    You can find our referral form here: AP4ME Counseling Referral Form

  • What if I am unable to keep my appointment?

    We certainly understand that things do come up. However, we ask that you please let us know 24 hours in advance if you are unable to make your appointment. Please call us or email our office manager.

    Our counselors do not have set office hours and come into the office based on client need. Should a client cancel right before the appointment time or not arrive at all for their scheduled session, your counselor has spent gas and time to come and serve you. Please be courteous!

    Should you cancel within 24 hours of your appointment time or not show up for your appointment, you can be assessed a $50 fee.

    Additionally, if 30 days have passed from your last appointment and you have not scheduled another appointment, you will be contacted by phone and/or by email to inquire if you still desire services. Should we not receive a response back from you within 2 weeks, we will assume that you wish to terminate your counseling relationship, we will close your file, and we will no longer be considered your counselor.

  • Who are you willing to see for therapy?

    AP4Me does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, or any other protected status.

    We see clients of all ages and various mental health concerns. We are trained and certified to provide therapy to children, adolescents, and adults (including couples and family).

    Some of the areas we treat include:

    • Mood Disorders (including perinatal and postnatal mood disorders)
    • Personality Disorders
    • Impulse Control
    • Abuse and Trauma
    • Adjustment problems
    • Anger management
    • Anxiety
    • Behavioral disorders
    • Child and Adolescent issues
    • Depression
    • Divorce and Separation
    • Emotional Disturbance
    • Work and Career Issues
    • Social Skills
    • Self Esteem
    • Stress Management
    • Women’s Issues
    • Mindfulness-Based Techniques
    • Disordered Eating
    • Grief & Loss

    For more details on what we do, please visit our Services page here: http://www.aplaceformecounseling.com/services/

  • Are you willing to counsel someone who is LGBPTTQQIIAA+?

    No matter who you love, who you are attracted to, the gender you do or do not identify as, or the gender expression you display– you are welcome here! This is a safe space.

    AP4Me does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, or any other protected status.

  • What do you charge for sessions?

    Our rates vary depending on the services you receive, but range from $75-$160 if you are doing self-pay. We DO accept insurance and rates will vary based on the insurance you have. However, please do not let money be the reason why you do not seek counseling! Please speak with us, as we are happy to work with you.
    Please see our Rates and Insurance page for more information by visiting this site here: http://www.aplaceformecounseling.com/rates/

  • Do you accept insurance?

    We do! We are also in the process of becoming approved for additional insurance companies. If we do not take your insurance, it might be possible for you to be reimbursed by your insurance company by doing what is called a “Superbill.”

    For details and for a list of insurances we currently accept, please see our Rates and Insurance page by visiting this site here: http://www.aplaceformecounseling.com/rates/

  • How many counselors are on staff at AP4Me?

    At the present time, we have several therapists and one academic counselor on staff with A Place for Me.

    Find out more about them at our Who We Are page here: http://www.aplaceformecounseling.com/about-us/

  • How do you determine which therapist I can see?

    All of our therapists have varying schedules and already have a caseload of clients that we are currently seeing.
    We want your therapist to be in the best shape for you, mentally and emotionally, in order to serve your needs and provide support to you. This is why we give each of our therapists a limited number of clients to see. Once a therapist has the maximum amount of clients on their caseload, they will not be able to take on any new clients until a current client completes therapy.
    We choose a therapist at the practice who we feel would be a good fit for you- based on the concerns your provided, has availability on their caseload, and has a schedule that can line up best with yours.

  • My therapist has "LPC" after their name. What does this mean?

    This means that your counselor has obtained, at least, a Master’s degree in the field of counseling and is fully licensed with the state of Georgia, known as an "LPC" (Licensed Professional Counselor).
    Holding the credentials of "LPC" means that they hold a license to practice counseling in the state of Georgia, given by meeting the requirements of the Composite Board of Professional Counselors (http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/43).
    Additionally, if a counselor also has the credentials of "NCC," this means that they have also met the national standards for practicing counseling, per the National Board for Certified Counselors (http://www.nbcc.org/Certification/NationalCertCounselor).

    Other credential abbreviations may also follow after your counselor's name that specifically show what your counselor has certificates in. This simply means that your counselor has gone through extra training and received extra experience centered to that particular genre of counseling. Examples of this could include "Registered Yoga Instructor," "Certified in Anger Management," or "Certified in Marriage and Family Therapy."

  • My therapist has "LAPC" after their name. What does this mean?

    Your counselor has attained, at least, a Master’s degree in the field of counseling and they are in the process of becoming fully-licensed, known as an "LAPC" (Licensed Associate Professional Counselor). Georgia requires counselors who have recently graduated with their Master's degree to have at least 3-years of additional training while under the close supervision of a licensed counselor. All counselors were held to this requirement after they graduated.

    If your therapist is an LAPC, this by no means implies that they are not qualified to provide therapy. All CACREP accredited graduate schools specializing in counseling require their students to make grades no lower than a B in their rigorous classes and complete 10 months to a year of internship. Additionally, all students must pass the Comprehensive Exam before beginning internship- which is required for all practicing counselors in order to be a certified therapist.

    Holding the credentials of "LAPC" means that they hold an associate license to practice counseling in the state of Georgia, given by meeting the requirements of the Composite Board of Professional Counselors (http://sos.ga.gov/index.php/licensing/plb/43).
    Additionally, if a counselor also has the credentials of "NCC," this means that they have also met the national standards for practicing counseling, per the National Board for Certified Counselors (http://www.nbcc.org/Certification/NationalCertCounselor).

    Other credential abbreviations may also follow after your counselor's name that specifically show what your counselor has certificates in. This simply means that your counselor has gone through extra training and received extra experience centered to that particular genre of counseling. Examples of this could include "Registered Yoga Instructor," "Certified in Anger Management," or "Certified in Marriage and Family Therapy."

  • Why was I assigned a therapist that is an Intern?

    The interns that we choose to bring on to our practice are chosen from a pool of applicants from already very prestigious universities. We pick, who we feel, are the best candidates.

    Your counselor is in the final stages of obtaining their Master’s degree in the field of counseling.
    If your therapist is an intern, this by no means implies that they are not qualified to provide therapy. We only select interns from CACREP accredited universities. All CACREP accredited graduate schools specializing in counseling require their students to make grades no lower than a B in their rigorous classes and complete 10 months to a year of internship. Additionally, all students must pass the Comprehensive Exam before beginning internship- which is required for all practicing counselors in order to be a certified therapist.

    Furthermore, all interns are under close supervision by our Director Erlese Caruth, LPC, NCC, C-MFT. She meets with each intern, one-on-one, often during each week to discuss cases and therapeutic methods.

  • Will my counselor be able to prescribe medication or do medication management?

    While your counselor is considered a medical professional, your counselor is not a medical doctor and cannot prescribe medication to you. Only licensed doctors can prescribe medication.
    Your counselor can, however, refer you to a psychiatrist or a doctor to prescribe medication, if needed.

  • What should I do if I have a mental health emergency?

    We are considered to be an outpatient facility, and we are set up to accommodate individuals who are reasonably safe and resourceful. We do not carry beepers nor are we available at all times.
    If you do not feel like  this will be sufficient support, we would recommend considering additional resources or inquiring about treatment with a therapist or clinic with 24-hour availability.
    If you have a mental health emergency, we encourage you NOT to wait for a call back, but to do one or more of the following:

    • Call the Georgia Crisis Hotline at 1.800.715.4225 and/or the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.8255
    • Call Ridgeview Institute at 770.434.4567, Riverwoods Behavioral Health at 77.991.8500, and/or Peachford Hospital at 770.454.5589
    • Call 911
    • Go to your nearest emergency room
  • I'm really looking forward to my therapist and I becoming really good friends!

    Psychotherapy is a professional service we will provide to you. Because of the nature of therapy, your relationship with your therapist has to be different from most relationships. It may differ in how long it lasts, the objectives, or the topics discussed. It must also be limited to only the relationship of therapist and client. If you and your therapist were to interact in any other ways, you would then have a "dual relationship," which could prove to be harmful to you in the long run and is, therefore, unethical in the mental health profession. Dual relationships can set up conflicts between the therapist's interests and the client’s interests, and then the client’s (your) interests might not be put first. In order to offer all of our clients the best care, your therapist’s judgment needs to be unselfish and purely focused on your needs. This is why your relationship with your therapist must remain professional in nature.

    Additionally, there are important differences between therapy and friendship. Friends may see your position only from their personal viewpoints and experiences. Friends may want to find quick and easy solutions to your problems so that they can feel helpful. These short-term solutions may not be in your long-term best interest. Friends do not usually follow up on their advice to see whether it was useful. They may need to have you do what they advise.

    A therapist offers you choices and helps you choose what is best for you. A therapist helps you learn how to solve problems better and make better decisions. A therapist's responses to your situation are based on tested theories and methods of change.

  • What if I don't like my counselor? What should I do?

    Our counselors are extremely understanding and will not take it personally if you feel that there isn’t a strong connection. Please tell us! Treatment will not be successful if there isn’t a connection between you and your therapist! If you feel the connection just needs to be improved, please speak with your counselor about this concern. Their goal is to help YOU! We have various referral sources to other counselors in the area who might be a better fit for you. Our desire is to help you in any way that we can, whether you are being seen by one of our counselors or not.

    Additionally, as the client, you are in complete control, and you may end your relationship with your therapist and/or group leader at any point.

    Should you choose to terminate your relationship with us, we would like to receive notice in order to provide referrals to you and have a final session with you, if needed. If 30 days have passed from your last appointment and you have not scheduled another appointment, you will be contacted by phone and/or by email to inquire if you still desire services. Should we not receive a response back from you within 2 weeks, we will assume that you wish to terminate your counseling relationship, we will close your file, and we will no longer be considered your counselor.

  • Do I have to have a diagnosis to receive counseling?

    Not at all! Counseling is not just for those that are diagnosed. We have several clients who come in simply for everyday life problems. There is a major benefit in being able to talk about your concerns and feelings in strict confidence with a trained professional who can support you and provide resources to help you through whatever you may need.

  • Isn’t counseling just for “crazy people” or for people who have something “wrong” with them?

    Absolutely not! People seek counseling for various reasons and being diagnosed with a mental illness is not a requirement. Our counselors recognize that everyone has things that they are going through… whether it be relationship concerns, grief, anxiety, stress, depression, or anything else. We are here to help you—not to pass judgment. Counseling allows for you to release your emotions in a private place as well as being able to understand them with a trained professional. Someone who is going through this healthy process is certainly far from “crazy”! As a matter of fact, it has been proven that those who are going through counseling are 3 times more stable than those who have not sought counseling for interpersonal or intrapersonal conflicts!

  • I feel really embarrassed about considering counseling. Aren’t you going to think I’m incapable of solving my own problems?

    Definitely not. Seeking counseling is a sign of strength… not weakness! Counseling allows for you to release your emotions in a private place as well as being able to understand them with a trained professional. For other people, it’s much easier to bottle up and ignore our feelings, but what does that lead to? A meltdown/breakdown, snapping, or exploding. That doesn’t sound like much of a solution at all. Your consideration to seek counseling shows that you are working towards a solution! Good for you! And, if you still feel a little embarrassed about coming, that’s okay. All of our records are kept completely confidential. We will not share with others that you are coming to us. Additionally, should you run into your counselor out in the community, she/he will not address you unless you address them first, as it is no one else’s business that you are seeking counseling!

  • What is your theory/counseling style?

    Our counselors practice a range of styles and pull from various theories. One thing our counselors have in common is that they are client-centered and believe that decision on treatment is in the client’s hands and we work side-by-side with you to achieve your goals.

  • Are there any counseling practices that you DON’T do or services that you DON’T provide?

    Yes, EMDR and DBT are not practiced at A Place for Me Counseling.
    Additionally, we are not equipped to provide addiction or substance abuse counseling, treatment for specific phobias, or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

    Should you need or desire these services, we would be happy to refer you to other recommended counselors in the area that can serve you with the treatment you may need.

  • What should I expect from my first visit?

    Like any medical visit, there will be paperwork to fill out so that we can gain a better understanding of who you are and so we can learn how to better assist you. Be sure to bring your driver’s license and insurance card (if applicable) with you. Plan to be in our office for about 90-minutes total.

    During your first session, you will be able to meet and talk with your counselor. Keep in mind that treatment will most likely not be started during the first session, as this is visit that allows your counselor to learn about you and understand your concerns. It is almost impossible to formulate a treatment plan without this information and we wish to assist you as best as possible.

  • What will be expected of me during the treatment process?

    In order for therapy to be most successful, it is important for you to take an active role. Generally, the more of yourself you are willing to invest, the greater the return. This means working on the things you and your therapist talk about both during and between sessions. This also means avoiding any mind-altering substances like alcohol or non-prescription drugs for at least eight hours prior to your therapy sessions. Should you arrive to your appointment having ingested and/or you are in possession of any mind-altering substances, the session will end and you will be rescheduled for a later date. Additionally, should you and/or anyone you bring to AP4M be in possession of any weapons, dangerous paraphernalia, or threaten the safety of any AP4M employee in any way, you will be asked to leave immediately, the proper authorities may be notified, and your counseling relationship with us will be terminated.

  • I really need you to fix me. Tell me what I should do!

    We truly wish there was a magic button we could press or a simple piece of advice that we could provide that would relieve you from what you may be going through. Keep in mind that the concerns you are seeking counseling for did not develop overnight. Therefore, it takes time, practice, and training to work on your concerns. We are here for you every step of the way.

  • How many sessions do I need until I’m all better or “cured”?

    As counselors, we are not looking to “cure” anyone but instead, to help our clients accept, handle, cope, and function with what has brought you to us. Every single person is different and every single mental health concern varies. Keep in mind that the concerns you are seeking counseling for did not develop overnight. Therefore, it takes time, practice, and training to work on your concerns. If you are willing to commit to the work, things will definitely progress.

  • Can you guarantee ANY results?

    Due to the very nature of psychotherapy, as much as we would like to guarantee specific results regarding your therapeutic goals, we are unable to do so. However, your therapist, with your participation, will work to achieve the best possible results for you. Please also be aware that changes made in therapy may affect other people in your life and may alter your relationship with them. For example, an increase in your assertiveness may not always be welcomed by others. It is our intention to help you manage changes in your interpersonal relationships as they arise, but it is important for you to be aware of this possibility nonetheless.

  • I went to a few sessions and I’ve actually felt worse! I thought this therapy stuff was supposed to work!

    Most clients become frustrated and discouraged when this point is reached; however, this is completely normal and part of the therapeutic process towards healing!

    Through therapy, you and your counselor might be talking about things that you may have never talked about before and/or you might be discovering new feelings and emotions. These new discoveries are bound to produce some feelings of sadness or anger. A topic usually isn’t sensitive unless it needs attention. Therefore, discovering the discomfort is actually a success.

    Please express these concerns with your counselor if they arise. Counselors are prepared for this stage in the therapeutic process and can help you through these feelings.



  • Individual Therapy
    Questions about individual therapy for adults and adolescents
  • How long does a session typically last?

    After your initial intake and assessment (the first visit), individual counseling sessions will last, on average, 50 minutes.

    If you would like a longer session, please let us know. However, different rates will apply.

  • How much does a session cost?

    If you plan to pay out-of-pocket for your individual therapy session, it would be $125 for each 50 minute session.

     

    If you plan to use your insurance, different insurance plans have different co-pay or co-insurance amounts. Please contact your insurance plan to find out how much it would cost for each session.

     

    You can provide them the following information to receive a detailed answer:

    - Would be billed "outpatient" and "in office (code 11)"
    - CPT Code would be "90837"

     

    For more information, please visit our "Rates & Insurance" page here: http://www.aplaceformecounseling.com/rates/

  • Do I have to lie on a couch and listen to you say “uh huh?”

    You are welcome to lay on our couch if you’d like, though it is certainly not a requirement! Contrary to what TV and movies have shown, not all therapy is lying on a couch or looking at inkblot pictures! This is actually just a style of therapy, called psychoanalysis (developed by Sigmund Freud) that is not commonly practiced anymore. Therapy has come a long way since the late 1800s! We want you to be as comfortable as possible and you are welcome to sit wherever you would like to in our therapy room during your session. You will be able to face your counselor and they will not be behind a desk. You may sit as close to or as far away from your counselor as you would like. You can always ask questions and your counselor will be engaged in conversation with you, while maintaining a priority of listening to what you are sharing.

  • I don’t know if I’m ready to share everything with my therapist just yet.

    We certainly understand feeling apprehensive in sharing the most personal aspects of your life. You may have had your trust broken by someone else or you may have felt negatively judged by a trusted friend. These things would make anyone feel uncertain about sharing their life with another person. We want to stress that everything that is said in session is legally protected by confidentiality. This means that your therapist cannot legally discuss anything that is said in session without your permission! Don’t you wish friends and family members were bound by this too? This is one of the best benefits of seeing a counselor! Your therapist will never force you to share anything you are not comfortable discussing. You will be guiding the topic of your sessions and as you have additional sessions, a connection will hopefully form between you and your therapist. Optimistically, when this happens, you may feel more comfortable sharing information later down the road, though that would be completely up to you on what you wish to share.

  • Will my therapist offer advice and tell me how to solve my problems?

    We truly wish there was a magic wand we could wave or a simple piece of advice that we could provide that would relieve you from what you may be going through. Keep in mind that the concerns you are seeking counseling for did not develop overnight. Therefore, it takes time, practice, and training to work on your concerns. Your therapist’s goal is to be your ongoing support and to help you through this process every step of the way. Do not be surprised if your therapist sends you home with some “homework”! Your therapist will also be helping you by providing tools, exercises, and skills to assist you in coping and managing what has brought you in for therapy.

  • How often should I come in for therapy?

    This decision is ultimately up to you. Your therapist will be happy to provide a recommendation after your first session, but you will have the final decision. We are equipped to see clients varying from twice a week to once a month and beyond. Our office manager, Amanda, will be able to find a frequency that will work with your schedule. If you need to come in on a “need basis,” that is okay too! We are here to serve you and we are happy to accommodate you!

  • How long will I be in therapy?

    At A Place for Me Counseling, you do not have a minimum or maximum amount of therapy sessions. The only time this would be the case is if this were set by your insurance company. Every single person is different and every single mental health concern varies. You are welcome to be a client with us for as long as you would like. It is not uncommon to even use therapy as a monthly, bi-weekly, or weekly “mental check-up.” It is your decision to determine when and/or if therapy is no longer needed.

  • Can I bring someone in with me during the session?

    Absolutely. If you are looking for someone to accompany you for moral support and to sit in on the session, that is alright with us! However, they will need to fill out a Collateral Consent form in order to understand that the rights and confidentiality lie with the client (you) and they do not receive the same rights. Your companion will be given this form to fill out when they arrive in the office.

    If you are looking to bring someone into the session who needs counseling with you, please let us know so we may be able to make the transition to moving you both into couple’s counseling or family counseling.

  • As their parent/guardian, will I be allowed to know what my preteen/teenager said while they were in therapy?

    As parent or guardian of your child, you have a legal right to know what is going on in your child’s sessions. However, in order to encourage the best possible treatment, your child needs security in knowing that what is said in session will be kept confidential between them and their therapist and that it will not be repeated word-for-word. Your child’s therapist believes in working side-by-side with the parent(s). They will inform you of the theme of the session such as “we worked on Andre’s anger issues towards his peers” or “Angela and I practiced some coping skills in dealing with trying to fit in at school.” Please keep in mind that your child’s therapist will break confidentiality and inform you immediately should your child discuss: 1. Abuse or neglect or 2. Intent to seriously injure themselves or others.

  • I’m bringing my preteen/teenager in for therapy. Isn’t therapy a lot for them to go through right now? After all, it’s just “typical teenager” stuff, right?

    Children are resilient, and it’s a lot easier to intervene effectively when they’re younger instead of years later, when the problem has gone on so long it’s become incorporated into part of their identity. We have therapists on staff who have over 10 years of experience specifically with providing therapy to adolescents. Therapy (when done correctly, of course) will always be helpful when the client and the guardian are actively passionate about the therapy they are receiving and willing to put the work into their counseling treatment.



  • Play Therapy
    Questions about therapy for children
  • How long does a session typically last?

    After the initial intake and assessment (the first visit), play therapy sessions will last, on average, 30 minutes, depending on your child. As you may know, it is difficult to expect a child to remain engaged on one task for more than 30 minutes. Some children may be able to participate in play therapy sessions that can last 45 minutes to an hour in length, if needed.

    There will also be additional time for you to speak with your child’s therapist as well.

    If you would like a longer session (more than 60 minutes), please let us know. However, different rates will apply.

     

  • How much does a session cost?

    If you plan to pay out-of-pocket for your child's play therapy session, rates would be as follows:

    -$60 for each 30 minute session
    -$120 for each 60 minute session

     

    If you plan to use your insurance, different insurance plans have different co-pay or co-insurance amounts. Please contact your insurance plan to find out how much it would cost for each session.

     

    You can provide them the following information to receive a detailed answer:

    - Would be billed "outpatient" and "in office (code 11)"
    - CPT Codes would be "90832" and "90837"

     

    For more information, please visit our "Rates & Insurance" page here: http://www.aplaceformecounseling.com/rates/

  • Should I tell my child why we are coming to see you for therapy?

    Absolutely! Children are naturally nervous when going to a new place and meeting new people. The best way to alleviate some of that nervousness is to let them know what’s going on. Our play therapists recommend that the best approach is to inform your child that there are different types of doctors. There are doctors that help with colds, skinned knees, and teeth. There are also doctors that help with feeling sad or angry, too. Let them know that while visiting with the doctor, they are going to be having a lot of fun by being able to play with all of our toys in our playroom!

     

    Additionally, it would be helpful to tell your child that when they are with their “doctor”, it is a safe space and they can talk about anything they want. Pitch it to them as it being a consistent opportunity to have their own personal time, just for themselves, to do anything they want. Children love to hear that they will be going to a place— just for them— where they will get to have fun, play with toys and crafts, and discuss whatever they would like!

  • Seeking therapy for my child means that something is “wrong” with them and I’ve failed as a parent.

    That could not be farther from the truth! Mental health is the same as physical health, except that it is dealing with emotions. If your child contracted a cold, you would take them to the doctor. A child contracting a cold is certainly not a reflection of your parenting, as it is part of life! Mental health is no different: If your child is having difficulty with their emotions such as expression, behavior, or needing coping skills, you would, of course, want to help your child! We hold you in the highest regard for your desire to reach out and look for assistance with your child! We see children for a variety of reasons; however, the most common reason is to help them learn coping skills for behavioral concerns. Your interest and diligence for seeking assistance for your child is the very definition of good parenting! At AP4ME, we are not here to judge your parenting—but to help your child by teaming up WITH you!

  • Will you be able to tell me what’s going on with my child after the first session?

    Adults are often able to verbalize their feelings and when children play, they speak to us in ways that allows them the opportunity to express what is going on internally. Sometimes children may not even know why they are displaying the behaviors they are showing and/or they may not have developed the words to describe their thoughts. As children cannot always verbalize their feelings in detail, it does take time for your child’s therapist to assess the concerns you might have. It is recommended that your child attend at least 3 consistent sessions in order for your child’s therapist to make a professional assessment. Keep in mind that depending on the child and the reason for the visit, it may take longer for an assessment to be made.

  • I just need to bring my child in on an “as-needed” basis, right?

    We certainly wish that one visit with your child could produce instant results. Unfortunately, correcting, changing, and coping with any behavioral or emotional concerns takes time. Your child’s therapist also needs time to build rapport with your child in order to produce the best possible treatment results. It is imperative that you bring your child in consistently for visits in order to produce the best possible results. Just like physical therapy needs to be done regularly on an injured body part, coming in sporadically will not allow the wounded area to heal at its best. For any change to take place in any capacity, consistency is always needed.

  • Will therapy be too much for my child to go through right now? After all, it’s just “kid stuff” right?

    Children are resilient, and it’s a lot easier to intervene effectively when they’re young instead of years later, when the problem has gone on so long it’s become incorporated into part of their identity. We have therapists on staff who have over 10 years of experience specifically with play therapy. Therapy (when done correctly, of course) will always be helpful when the client and the guardian are actively passionate about the therapy they are receiving and willing to put the work into their counseling treatment.

  • What exactly is play therapy?

    Play therapy is defined as “the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development.” In laymen’s terms, this means that your child will be able to communicate with their therapist through their best language: play!

    For more information including a video, please visit http://www.aplaceformecounseling.com/services/play-therapy/.

  • Why can’t you just do regular therapy sessions where you talk to each other?

    Cognitively, a child’s best language is not verbal, as they are still developing their vocabulary. If children are unable to express difficult or painful emotions, it often results in a display of troubling behaviors. Children communicate best through play. Your child’s play therapist is expertly trained in how to interpret your child’s playing and how to communicate back. Additionally, your child’s therapist can teach various forms of coping skills and social skills through play therapy. Play Therapy is a window into the minds of children; it allows them the opportunity to communicate and express their thoughts and emotions.

  • So, you won’t talk to my child; you’ll just watch them play?

    There will definitely be talking involved; however, it will not be strictly conversation. A Play therapist utilizes specially chosen toys and other mediums such as sculpting, drawing, painting, clay work, sand tray, dollhouse, and music to provide children the opportunity to express their thoughts and feelings in a developmentally appropriate way. The therapist is able to reflect a child’s feelings, recognize themes, point out patterns, and may also teach them techniques.

  • Will I be allowed to know what you two did and what my child said while they were in therapy?

    As parent or guardian of your child, you have a legal right to know what is going on in your child’s sessions. However, in order to encourage the best possible treatment, your child needs security in knowing that what is said in session will be kept confidential between them and their therapist and that it will not be repeated word-for-word. Your child’s play therapist believes in working side-by-side with the parent(s). They will inform you of the theme of the session such as “we worked on Andre’s anger issues towards his teacher” or “Angela and I practiced some coping skills to avoid talking out of turn at school.” Please keep in mind that your child’s therapist will break confidentiality and inform you immediately should your child discuss: 1. Abuse or neglect or 2. Intent to seriously injure themselves or others.

  • What if my child misbehaves during the play therapy session? How will this be handled?

    The playroom is a safe place for kids to be what they want and to do what makes them happy. If your child misbehaves during session, the therapist will handle the behavior by redirecting the child and making the event a “teachable moment” The therapist will also be modeling appropriate behaviors throughout the session. No physical discipline of any kind will be used. Any other disciplinary actions will be left up to the parent.



  • Couple's Therapy
    Questions about therapy for couples- married or unmarried
  • How long does a session typically last?

    After your initial intake and assessment (the first visit), couple's counseling sessions will last, on average, 75 minutes.

    If you would like a longer session, please let us know. However, different rates will apply.

  • How much does a session cost?

    If you plan to pay out-of-pocket for the couple's therapy session, it would be $130 for each 75 minute session.

     

    If you plan to use your insurance, different insurance plans have different co-pay or co-insurance amounts. Please contact your insurance plan to find out how much it would cost for each session.

     

    You can provide them the following information to receive a detailed answer:

    - Would be billed "outpatient" and "in office (code 11)"
    - CPT Code would be "90847"

     

    For more information, please visit our "Rates & Insurance" page here: http://www.aplaceformecounseling.com/rates/

  • My significant other and I are not married. Can we still do couples therapy?

    Absolutely! Marriage is not a requirement to participate in couple’s therapy. Additionally, it is a sign of strength to seek couple’s counseling before nuptials, if you are planning on getting married. Regardless of your future choices, we are happy to support you both through this journey.

  • Do you only see heterosexual couples?

    No. We are LGBPTTQQIIAA+ friendly and we would be happy to meet with you and your partner for couple’s counseling!

  • We are actually contemplating divorce/breaking up. Would you still be willing to see us?

    Definitely. Through couple’s therapy, we can explore all options that are on the table for you both. Should you both decide that being together is or is not the right decision, we are willing to support you through that process. Additionally, should the relationship end, we can continue to see one partner for individual therapy to assist you through the transition.

  • My significant other will not come to couples counseling. What should I do?

    Please do not let your significant other deter you from receiving therapy for yourself! We are happy to see you for an individual session and support you through any difficulties you may be experiencing in your relationship. Should your significant other attend the first session and decide not to return, we are happy to set you up with individual sessions. However, if your significant other changes his or her mind and wishes to resume couples counseling, we will have to refer you both to another therapist, as it would be unethical to see one party after they have both attended as a couple. We can still continue to see you for individual sessions.

  • So, you’ll be taking my side and you’ll be able to tell my significant other that they are wrong and that they need to change, right?

    Couple’s therapy is just that—Couple’s therapy! The couple is the client. A therapist’s role is not to pick sides, but to treat the couple as a whole. Individually, you will each be able to express yourself during the session and guidelines will be put in place to make sure that both parties receive the treatment needed.

  • Who is the client that receives rights and confidentiality in couples counseling?

    Both of you! This is different from your significant other being a collateral participant and just coming to join you for one or two sessions.

  • Will you be able to see us separately and together? There are certain things I’m just not really ready to share in front of my significant other.

    You will never be forced to divulge something that you are uncomfortable sharing. However, should you wish to meet with your counselor alone, it would unfortunately, be unethical and a conflict to treat you individually and as a couple. Since you are both considered the client, your therapist cannot “keep secrets” from the other. However, if you feel that you do need additional therapy for yourself, we are more than happy to provide you with a therapist nearby for individual counseling, and continue seeing you both for couple’s counseling—or we can refer you to another couple’s therapist, and continue to see you for individual counseling.

  • My significant other and I fight A LOT. How will you handle this in session?

    Guidelines will be set up at the start of the session in order to accommodate treatment goals and to allow for the session to run smoothly. Each person will have their time to share their concerns while being respectful to one another.



  • Family Therapy
    Questions about therapy for a family unit, including co-parenting
  • How long does a session typically last?

    After your initial intake and assessment (the first visit), family counseling sessions will last, on average, 75 minutes.

    If you would like a longer session, please let us know. However, different rates will apply.

  • How much does a session cost?

    If you plan to pay out-of-pocket for the family therapy session, it would be $140 for each 75 minute session.

     

    If you plan to use your insurance, different insurance plans have different co-pay or co-insurance amounts. Please contact your insurance plan to find out how much it would cost for each session.

     

    You can provide them the following information to receive a detailed answer:

    - Would be billed "outpatient" and "in office (code 11)"
    - CPT Code would be "90847"

     

    For more information, please visit our "Rates & Insurance" page here: http://www.aplaceformecounseling.com/rates/

  • What do you consider a “family” when it comes to family counseling?

    “Family”, in this case, refers to whoever is being impacted by an individual having challenges that are effecting how the unit operates and engages. We know that families are made up of different relatives. These relatives could be children, parents/guardians, aunts/uncles, cousins, grandparents, etc. We also know that family does not necessarily mean that all members are blood-related. For example, a group of roommates can be seen for family counseling. While they are not blood-related, a member of the unit is having challenges that are impacting how the rest of unit functions.

  • How many people are you willing to counsel in a family therapy session?

    In our sessions, we will be able to see as few as 2 and as many as 5 family members in a session. However, if more than 5 family members are impacted by the presenting concern, please let us know and we will be happy to accommodate them.

  • Which one of us will be the client that receives rights and confidentiality in family counseling?

    The identified client will be the individual who is having challenges that are impacting how the family operates and engages. However, all family members in family counseling would still be protected by the same confidentiality and rights as the identified client, being as the family is receiving counseling as a unit.

  • Would you be able to help me and my child’s mother/father with co-parenting?

    Absolutely! We are happy to see both parents who are no longer together, but wish to work together for the benefit of their child. In this situation, you would both be considered the client and you would both be protected by confidentiality. Please keep in mind that it does take some time to develop a co-parenting strategy, as the therapist does need several sessions to assess the current situation, as well as to receive information on both of the parents’ backgrounds in order to find what will work best for both parents. Should either of you wish to seek individual therapy, you are welcome to do so and we will be happy to recommend a therapist for each of you. However, your therapist that you see for co-parenting will not be able to be your individual therapist as well.

  • A family member has refused to come to counseling. What should I do?

    We, of course, encourage all family members impacted to participate in counseling. Depending on which family member refuses to come, depends on if the family therapy can continue or if it should be permanently moved to an individual session. Your therapist treats the family as a unit and if the family member not attending is a major part of the discord, then it would be difficult to have a family session. However, this does not mean that we cannot see you for individual therapy to support you through the family conflict.

  • So, you’ll be taking my side and you’ll be able to tell the rest of my family that they are doing wrong and that they need to change, right?

    Family therapy is just that—Family therapy! The family is the client. A therapist’s role is not to pick sides, but to treat the family as a unit. Individually, you will each be able to express yourself during the session and guidelines will be put in place to make sure that all family members receive the treatment needed.

  • Will you be able to see us separately and together? There are certain things I’m just not really ready to share in front of my family.

    You will never be forced to divulge something that you are uncomfortable sharing. However, should you wish to meet with your counselor alone, it would unfortunately, be unethical and a conflict to treat you individually and to see you for family therapy. Since you are both/all considered the client, your therapist cannot “keep secrets” from the other unit member(s). However, if you feel that you do need additional therapy for yourself, we are more than happy to provide you with a therapist nearby for individual counseling, and continue seeing you and your family for counseling—or we can refer you to another family therapist, and continue to see you for individual counseling.

  • My family and I fight A LOT. How will you handle this in session?

    Guidelines will be set up at the start of the session in order to accommodate treatment goals and to allow for the session to run smoothly. Each person will have their time to share their concerns while being respectful to one another.



  • Group Therapy
    Questions about therapy in a group setting
  • How long does a group therapy session typically last?

    It certainly depends on the group, but groups usually meet once a week and last for an hour.

     

    If we are holding group in a “summer camp” style format, sessions last 2-2.5 hours for 5 days.

  • How much does a session cost?

    If you plan to pay out-of-pocket for your group therapy session, the amount will be dependent on what type of group it is. Fees can range from $50-$75 per group meeting.

     

    If you plan to use your insurance, different insurance plans have different co-pay or co-insurance amounts. Please contact your insurance plan to find out how much it would cost for each session.

     

    Please keep in mind that for our "Summer Camp" format group sessions for children, insurance will not cover these groups.

     

    You can provide them the following information to receive a detailed answer:

    - Would be billed "outpatient" and "in office (code 11)"
    - CPT Code would be "90853"

     

    For more information, please visit our "Rates & Insurance" page here: http://www.aplaceformecounseling.com/rates/

  • What sort of things do people come to group therapy for?

    The types of  group therapy sessions are endless! Group therapy is most famous for coping with addiction (such as AA), though it can be beneficial for so many other reasons. Group therapy isn't just for solving an issue or for coping with one.

     

    Clients come to group therapy for dealing with grief/loss, LGBTQ, depression, anger management, social skills, parenting, job/career stress, teen issues, abuse/trauma, relationship building, and so much more!!

  • How do I sign up for a group therapy session?

    Please contact our offices to inquire and/or sign up for an active group. You will be asked to fill out a registration form so we can have your information on file.

    Please keep in mind that a group may need additional members to sign up before sessions are scheduled. If you wish to sign up for a group that still needs more members, we will let you know upon your inquiry and you will be placed on a "waiting list". Once we have enough members for the group, you will be contacted again.

  • What is the benefit of being in group therapy?

    When we are dealing with adversity in our lives, we often feel as if we are alone and that no one understands us and what we are going through-- that those around us just don't understand how we feel.

    While individual therapy can provide a safe space to share personal feelings, group therapy offers that same benefit but you are among other peers who are dealing with the same issues that you are going through. Many people take solace and comfort in being around people that have experienced the same adversities.

    Group therapy can help build comradery among the other group members, offer possible advice, give you a chance to be heard and understood by others, and work with others who are in the same or similar position as you.

    Sometimes feeling understood can make all the difference in the world!

  • Is group therapy only for people who are dealing with major issues in their life?

    Absolutely not! Group therapy has numerous benefits and various reasons for the theme of the group. We have hosted groups in the past that focus on strengthening relationship skills and new parents looking for a break to spend time with other adults who are new parents.

    Group therapy is seen as a way to strengthen; not necessarily as a way to "fix" something.

  • I’m really shy and I get nervous talking in groups. Does this mean group therapy won’t be good for me?

    We certainly understand that it’s sometimes scary to talk in front of others and get to know people in a group. It’s a great way to engage with peers to provide and receive support and to get feedback. If the thought of attending group therapy creates anxiety, we are happy to start with individual sessions and gradually transition you to group, if group therapy is something you would like to do.

  • I’m not really sure how I feel about discussing my personal life in front of people.

    The group is designed to support individuals that are experiencing the same challenges and often, members of the group can provide more insight to others. This can be incredibly helpful to other members. Something you might say might be extremely beneficial to the other members!

  • What if too many people start talking or one person constantly takes over the conversation. How will you handle this in session?

    Guidelines will be set up during the first session of group in order to accommodate treatment goals and to allow for the group to run smoothly. The group facilitator will remind the group members of these guidelines at the beginning of each group session thereafter. Each person will have their time to share their concerns while being respectful to one another.



  • Coaching
    Questions about life coaching and professional coaching
  • How long does a session typically last?

    After your initial intake and assessment (the first visit), coaching sessions will last, on average, 60 minutes.

    If you would like a longer session, please let us know. However, different rates will apply.

  • How much does a session cost?

    If you plan to pay out-of-pocket for your coaching session, it would be $75 for each 60 minute session.

     

    Unfortunately, insurance does not cover coaching services.

     

    For more information, please visit our "Rates & Insurance" page here: http://www.aplaceformecounseling.com/rates/

  • What is the difference between personal/professional coaching and counseling?

    There are so many similarities between coaching and counseling, it is easy to be confused on what the differences between the two could be! While counseling searches for solutions and coping mechanisms for emotional concerns, coaching focuses more on achieving goals for the future. While counseling may also aspire to achieve life goals, coaching is for those who do not have major emotional concerns at this time and simply wish to set and achieve goals.

     

    Paterson, J. (2008). Counseling vs. life coaching. http://ct.counseling.org/2008/12/counseling-vs-life-coaching-2/.
  • What are some reasons that a person might seek personal/professional coaching?

    Any sort of goal for the future that you are trying to meet  and stick to would be an excellent criteria for seeking coaching.

     

    Some examples of why people might want coaching:

    • obtaining a new job/career or a promotion
    • gaining excitement and hopefulness back in their lives
    • starting your own business
    • weight loss/healthy eating
    • searching for a romantic partner
    • realizing your dreams
    • more positivity in your life
    • setting boundaries with others and/or yourself
    • holding yourself accountable
    • creating balance in your life
    • time management
    • challenging yourself
  • What if I end up needing to transition from coaching to counseling?

    You are welcome to guide your decisions to better your life as you see fit. Our life coach at AP4ME is also a certified therapist and  you would be able to transition with the same person! Your coach/therapist will go over the changes that might take place in sessions and how they are conducted. You might also be asked to fill out additional paperwork and provide information such as insurance and medical history.



  • Academic Advisement
    Questions about academic counseling through our sister company “After the Bell”
  • How long does a session typically last?

    After your initial intake and assessment (the first visit), academic advisement sessions will last, on average, 45 minutes.

    If you would like a longer session, please let us know. However, different rates will apply.

  • How much does a session cost?

    If you plan to pay out-of-pocket for your/your child's academic advisement session, it would be $50 for each 45 minute session.

     

    Unfortunately, insurance does not cover academic advisement sessions.

    For more information, please visit our "Rates & Insurance" page here: http://www.aplaceformecounseling.com/rates/

  • What exactly is academic advisement?

    Academic Advisement, or academic counseling, could be best described as "education therapy". Academic counselors help their clients accomplish academic goals such as being accepted into a particular college, finding the right private or charter school, or working to receive accommodations for behavioral or learning concerns.

  • What age groups do you serve with Academic Advisement?

    Academic counselors are prepared to assist the educational concerns of children ages 5 through high school.

  • Couldn't my child just go to their school counselor for all this?

    Of course, though school counselors typically have a caseload of at least 200 students. Your child may not be able to receive the individualized attention that they may need.

    Our academic counselors are able to give you and your child their undivided attention and this is especially imperative when dealing with admittance into college or behavioral concerns that might be impeding the learning process.

  • What is "After the Bell"?

    "After the Bell" is owned and operated by the same person who owns and operates "A Place for Me Counseling." Erlese created "After the Bell" first to help people with academic needs. Through more schooling and education, she decided to expand her desire to help others into the world of mental health and that was when "A Place for Me" was born.

    "After the Bell" is still a separate entity for business purposes and to keep academic files separate from mental health files; however, you would still be dealing with the same staff and of course, visiting the same location.

  • What specific services do you offer for high school students?

    For college-bound students and those interested in higher learning, we offer:

    • College Tours
    • Financial Aid & Scholarship search
    • Step-by-step assistance with admissions process
    • Application assistance
    • University/college/Technical/Vocational School search
    • Locating and selecting extra-curricular activities
    • Test preparation & registration (SAT, ACT, ACCUPLACER, CLEP, CPAT, etc.)

    For students needing assistance in high school, we offer:

    • Locating appropriate tutoring options for needed subjects
    • Locating specialty or "magnet" high schools

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