ES Counseling, LLC

FAQs

What should I bring to my first session?


Please bring the intake form and the financial form completed, your identification card and insurance card to the first session. We will make copies for our records

Intake Form    Office Policies  Co-Parenting Agreement  Release of Information for Records


How long does therapy/treatment last?


Sessions are 45 minutes in duration each visit. You can discuss your treatment plan with your counselor and determine how long the course of treatment will be. Ideally, counseling is terminated when the problem that you pursued counseling for becomes more manageable or is resolved. However, some insurance companies and managed care plans may limit the number of sessions for which they pay. You should check with your health plan to find out more about any limitations in your coverage. During the first few counseling sessions, your counselor will also discuss the length of treatment that may be needed to achieve your goals.

 


How often do I have to come to counseling?


At your first visit, you will discuss with your counselor what frequency would provide maximum benefit. Usually, initial sessions are weekly and taper off to every other week or monthly as progress is made.

 


How much does it cost? Can I pay with a Credit Card?


The out of pocket cost of therapy is $100 per session for individual or couples counseling with a licensed counselor and $50 per session with an intern. Insurance is accepted by Edna Schaefer, LMHC only. Please inquire with your insurance company about your plan requirements and obtain any necessary referrals or authorizations prior to calling for an appointment. A referral from your Primary Care Manager (PCM) for ALL Tricare members must be obtained before scheduling a session.

We accept cash and credit cards as payment. Visa, Mastercard and Discover are accepted. Personal checks are NOT accepted.

 


Who are professional counselors?


Licensed professional counselors (Licensed mental health counselors in Florida) provide quality mental health and substance abuse care to millions of Americans. Professional counselors have a master's or doctoral degree in counseling or a related field which included an internship and coursework in human behavior and development, effective counseling strategies, ethical practice, and other core knowledge areas.

 

Florida State licensure requires a master's or doctoral degree, two years of supervised clinical experience, and the passage of an examination. Professional counselors are also certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). Participation in continuing education is required for the renewal of a license or certification.

 

Professional counselors adhere to a code of ethics that protects the confidentiality of the counseling relationship; prohibits discrimination and requires understanding of and respect for diverse cultural backgrounds; and mandates that professional counselors put the needs and welfare of clients before all others in their practice.

 


Is everything I say confidential?


All members of the American Counseling Association subscribe to the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice which require counselors to protect the confidentiality of their communications with clients. Florida licensure laws also protect client confidentiality. As a client, you are guaranteed the protection of confidentiality within the boundaries of the client/counselor relationship. Any disclosure will be made with your full written, informed consent and will be limited to a specific period of time. The only limitations to confidentiality occur when a counselor feels that there is clear and imminent danger to you or to others, or when legal requirements demand that confidential information be disclosed such as a court case. Whenever possible, you will be informed before confidential information is revealed.

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