Earthsong Counseling FAQs
Why Choose Earthsong Counseling, PLLC
Therapy without leaving home
Earthsong Counseling, PLLC helps women in helping professions find peace and comfort in their lives. We do this by offering online therapy to address the feelings of anxiety, depression, and burnout that are common for people in these positions. Schedule a free consultation today to see how this will work for you.
Frequently Asked Questions - Fees
Earthsong Counseling, PLLC believes in being transparent about our therapy rates. We strive to be affordable while still keeping our caseload low (which allows our clients to have more flexibility in scheduling and reducing therapist burnout). As such, our rates are as follows:
Individual sessions are $70 for a 25 minute session with 50 minute sessions at a rate of $140. Extended 90 minute sessions are available, especially for clients doing EMDR therapy. These extended sessions are $210. Your intake session is $170 due to the textra documentation demands of these sessions. Additionally, we price group sessions according to the type of group. A sliding scale is also available for those who need assistance paying for therapy.
At this time, we are able to accept clients using in network benefits with Friday Health Plans only. Unfortunately, we are not in network with any other insurance plans.
However, we are able to help you use your out of network benefits. Talk to us about insurance during your free consult so that we can plan accordingly.
Insurance is great for reducing the cost of therapy. However, before you use your benefits, evaluate whether it is truly helpful for you to use those benefits.
While we will explore positives and negatives of using insurance in a future blog post, the short story is that using your insurance allows your insurance company to dictate certain aspects of your treatment.
For example, your insurance company may refuse to pay for EMDR therapy unless you have a diagnosis of PTSD. They may also decide that you cannot have two sessions a week or 90 minute sessions. Further, insurance involves around medical necessity. And if you’re showing progress, they may decide to stop paying because you’ve “completed therapy.”
Frequently Asked Questions - Getting Started
First, you schedule a free consultation! This brief chat helps you decide if Regina is a good fit as your therapist. However, this consultation is not a replacement for counseling. After your free consultation, you will either be offered to schedule an intake or you will be offered alternatives.
After your consultation, you will receive an invitation to set up your portal. Inside this portal, you will sign your consents and complete a pre-intake survey. It is helpful to complete these before your intake. Otherwise, we will need to take time during your session to sign the forms and go over all the extra details.
Your intake session typically takes anywhere from 40 to 60 minutes. It can seem pretty boring and feel less personal than other sessions will. During this session, your therapist will review some of the most important policies and things you need to know to make the most of counseling. Your therapist will also start her assessment process. Some of the questions are very personal, but it helps if you answer as honestly as possible.
After you have your intake session, your therapist will talk to you about next steps. That is, she will ask for your help in deciding where to go next. While some people choose to attend counseling to just have a little extra support, other people are very goal focused and want specific goals to shoot for. Earthsong Counseling, PLLC can accommodate both types of people. Your therapist will also talk to you about whether any special treatments might be helpful, such as EMDR or group therapy.
To join your session, you just have to click the link from your reminder email or text. Your therapist uses Google Meet for sessions. Therefore, if you’re using a phone, you may need to download the app before joining. Remember, the link may be different each session, so always click the link for that session’s reminder.
Frequently Asked Questions - Other Stuff
If you are looking for face to face therapy, you may benefit more from checking Psychology Today or Therapy Den to search for a therapist near you. Earthsong Counseling, PLLC does not provide face to face therapy. Unfortunately, we do not have a physical office for clients to visit. Therefore, we do not have plans to “return” to face to face sessions after COVID 19.
Unfortunately, this is a more difficult question to answer. Each person’s treatment is different. Therefore, the length of time you will be in therapy will be specific to you.
Additionally, Earthsong Counseling, PLLC practices under the idea that the relationship between you and your therapist is the most important part of therapy. This attachment matters, especially if you’ve experienced trauma. Therefore, some people choose to stay in therapy for longer periods of time than others.
You and your therapist make the decision to end therapy together. The aim is to make it a comfortable transition without yanking your therapist away from you. However, there are certain situations in which the therapy relationship ends without your consent. These situations involve assaultive behavior towards your therapist or refusal to pay your therapy bill. We will review these situations more clearly in your intake.
Often, when you go to therapy, you’re asked to give a detailed account things you don’t usually talk about right in your intake session. Many people don’t handle this well. And often, people leave feeling worse than before they came in. That’s not necessary or helpful.