What To Expect?
Our counseling services at Fresh Start(s) provide care for our clients by having a clinician work towards specific client goals and focus on clients’ overall needs. Each client who receives counseling services will have an assessment completed before the start of services as well as a treatment plan designed specifically for the individual. This treatment plan will be used to help clients reach milestones from session to session, and it will allow the client and clinician the opportunity to track the progress of sessions together.
Before beginning individual counseling services, clients will be asked to complete a biopsychosocial assessment which includes information such as personal information, medical history, mental health history, social supports, employment and leisure activities, and familial history. Clients are asked to respond to these questions with the best of their knowledge to obtain some background information for the clinician before beginning services.
Individual counseling at Fresh Start(s) can be provided to children, teenagers, and adults to address concerns including anxiety, stress, grief, trauma, depression, emotional and behavioral disorders, and other relational concerns. Individual therapy may include the use of assessments, solution-focused therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and more as we are a client-centered agency and work to meet clients’ personal needs and goals.
The main goal of couples counseling is to address any relational issues that are impacting the partners’ relationship satisfaction. Some presenting concerns may include troubles with intimacy, communication difficulties, differences in finances, raising children, or conflict resolution. At Fresh Start(s), we use assessment methods, solution-focused therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and tools from John and Julie Gottman, clinical psychologists, who have researched over 3,000 couples looking at marital stability and predictors of divorce.
During family therapy, the goal for sessions will be to help the family address issues that they are experiencing by acknowledging the importance of each family members’ concerns and focusing on how they can relate to one another. Various assessment services may be provided, and individual or couples counseling may also be an option for families.
Group therapy involves bringing together members who are experiencing similar areas of concern, and they will be able to discuss and share these concerns in a small, confidential group setting. Groups at Fresh Start(s) are kept small in order to provide an intimate and safe space for clients to feel comfortable in relating to other members, while all having the opportunity to discuss their concerns. Some groups at Fresh Start(s) include social skills groups, support groups for guardians of children with autism, parent training groups, marital enrichment groups, and more.
Rates for Counseling:
Currently, Fresh Start(s) is accepting private pay for counseling services. Many individuals find that a major benefit of private pay is that they can remain in control of their sessions. When insurance providers cover therapy sessions, the therapist must determine that your concerns are pertinent to the DSM diagnosis which they are mandated to give you, as this justifies treatment to the insurance company. At Fresh Start(s), a diagnosis is not required, and the therapist will meet the clients’ needs and goals and maintain a client-centered focus; while ensuring therapist-client confidentiality without having to go through a third party. With us, there is no limit on the amount of services you can receive, and clients are able to begin receiving services without a wait and end services when they wish.
All rates for counseling services are as follows:
- Individual Counseling: Rates for individual counseling services, which are about 50 minutes to 1 hour, are $65 per session.
- Couples Counseling: Rates for couples counseling services, which are about 50 minutes to 1 hour, are $75 per session.
- Family Counseling: Rates for family counseling services, which are about 50 minutes to 1 hour, are $85 per session.
- Group Therapy: Rates for group therapy services, range from $15-$30 per person per group, and groups are about 1 to 2 hours depending on the group. Rates for group therapy services for couples coming to groups together range from $20-$40 per couple per group, for 1 to 2 hours depending on the group.
If clients are unable to receive services based on these rates, Fresh Start(s) will work towards being able to meet the clients’ needs to the best of our ability. This includes considering clients’ income and understanding the amount that clients are able to pay for these services using a sliding scale fee. A sliding scale fee considers the United States Federal Poverty Guidelines and the usual customary fee for mental health services in your geographical area. All clients will receive the same care provided in counseling services.