1. I’m nervous about counseling. What if this isn’t a good fit?
Most people are nervous when they make the first phone call or come in for the first time. That is so normal.
There is no obligation to continue with us if you feel the fit is wrong. However, our invitation is that you give us a try, and then, if things don’t feel 100% right, let us know about your concerns. We honestly welcome authentic conversation about what you are or aren’t getting from your therapy sessions. Most of the time, we finish the conversation feeling really connected and ready to continue. If not, we will figure out a plan.
2. My problems are so overwhelming. I don’t know where to start.
3. Should I come alone or bring my child or my partner? I don’t know who needs therapy more, or where to begin.
4. Do you work with couples?
Yes. We are dedicated to offering couples counseling. Our policy states that our couples therapists must have specific, intense training in couples counseling. Couples work is so complex–and often the entire family structure hangs in the balance–we are committed to being highly trained and staying in supervision with one another and regional experts in this area.
Our couples approach of choice is EFT–Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples. Developed by Sue Johnson, this attachment-based approach is researched extensively and it works. We see it work every day. EFT helps therapists and couples identify negative patterns in their relationship and the reasons behind them. And then, we learn how to lovingly change those patterns. We stay in the “here and now” (as opposed to the “there and then”) and track emotions rather than facts. Jill Smith is Certified in EFT and all our couples therapists are trained in EFT, along with other modalities.
5. Can you work with me individually, as well as with me and my partner?
6. My husband/wife and I are in crisis. We don’t know if we want to save our marriage, or plan for separation.
7. I have insurance that will help pay for therapy. Do you take insurance?
8. How much does a session cost?
Counseling sessions are 50 minutes long and are scheduled once weekly or once every other week.
Session fees range from $130.00 to 200.00.
Upon request, we will provide you with a “superbill” receipt that you can submit to your insurance for possible out- of- network benefits.
We accept credit cards (no Am Ex), HSA cards, checks and cash.
9. Where are your offices?
Our Lexington office is near the Lexington County courthouse at 426 South Lake Drive. Please park in the back and use the front teal door.
Our Columbia office is right off Elmwood and Sumter at 1231 Elmwood. Please park in the back off Sumter and use the back teal door.
We have ample parking at both locations.