How do I know if I therapy can help me?
Seeking therapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy:
- Dealing with long standing family conflicts or issues
- Feeling “stuck” in life
- Difficulty in your relationship
- Coping with the death of a loved one
- Experiencing frustrations with your child(ren)
- Wanting more happiness or fulfillment out of life and/or relationship(s
- Facing a life cycle change (marriage, birth of a child, separation, divorce, etc.).
The 2 major outcomes of reaching your goals in therapy are:
- How you view your relationship with your therapist.
- Your willingness, motivation and effort to make the changes you desire in your life.
The majority of people will seek counseling at least once in their lifetime.
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you’ve faced, seeking out extra support when you need it is a healthy approach.
Enlisting the guidance of a professional can provide new perspectives and insights into your identified “problem”.
What type of training do therapists have?
Licensed therapist or psychologist in Florida MUST have no less than 2,000 hours providing therapy services, 100 hours of supervision, and pass a state exam in order to receive his/her license. Therapists often go on to receive further training and/or certifications in specialty areas.
What can I expect from sessions with you?
My style is a cross between a counselor and coach, part learning, process and action. I like to bring my personality into the room.
I let the people I work with know that humor is not only encouraged, but it is required! Even though we might be tackling some tough stuff laughing, smiling, and joking are good for the body and soul.
Feel free to read the testimonials on my home page or Google reviews as well. The only way you will really know is to reach out to me and let’s chat. You can decide from there.
Is therapy confidential?
In general, therapy is confidentiality. No information is disclosed without prior written consent from the person receiving services. However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. These exceptions include:
- If it is suspected that a child or elder is being abused, therapists are mandated by law to report abuse to the abuse hotline. You can also report suspected abuse by making an anonymous call to the Florida Abuse Hotline at 1-800-96-ABUSE.
- If someone expresses wanting to hurt himself/herself a therapist is required to break confidentiality. A therapist’s first priority is to ensure the safety of others. At times a plan can be created to ensure the person’s safety. When there is imminent danger , and a plan is not a viable option police will be notified.
- If someone is threatening serious bodily harm to another person that person and the police will be notified.
- If a judge subpoenas medical records or the therapist to a court hearing, confidentiality may be broken in order to cooperate with the law.
Do you take insurance?
This is a question that most therapists get asked. There are many therapists who take insurance and many who do not. Many people choose to use people who take insurance because it is cost effective, but you often decrease the ability to choose a provider who is a match for what you are needing.
Some therapists who take insurance are often “generalists”. They see a large volume of clients because they take a specific insurance, but they may not specialize in a certain area(s).
As a consumer you need to decide if the reason(s) you are seeking therapy require a specialist or not. Either way make sure you interview the therapist you are considering choosing.
I prefer not to take insurance because insurance requires that a therapist diagnosis the person being seen with a mental health disorder. I don’t not see many people in my practice with diagnoses. Also, I work with a lot of couples and insurance does not pay for couples counseling.
How much does therapy cost?
Counseling in an investment in yourself, relationships and life. The investment goes a long way when you apply it outside of session as well. Many times the goals people achieve through counseling are priceless. Each therapist charges a different rate for his/her services.
To learn more about my specific fees CLICK HERE.
Do you offer discounted rates or packages?
At this time I do not offer discounted rates or packages.
Are you an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Provider?
I am not an EAP provider. If you are looking to go through your EAP contact your employer directly.
Do you offer a sliding scale?
The effects of coming to therapy are cumulative. It is an investment in yourself, relationships and future.
If you really want to work with me and have certain financial constraints let’s talk, and we can discuss some options to try to accommodate your need including a referral to a colleague to fit within your budget.
What forms of payment do you accept?
Payment in the form of cash, charge, or check made out to Lemieux Solutions Unlimited, LLC is accepted and is due at the time service is provided. A $35 fee will be charged for returned checks.
How long are therapy sessions and how many sessions should I expect?
Traditionally, therapy is offered once a week for 50 minutes. I get that doesn’t work for everyone. Sometimes people need more services and sometimes they need less.
We will tailor make therapy to fit your needs and goals. Most often people are meeting weekly until they begin to notice the improvements they want to achieve. For couples the initial session is 80 minutes.
What is your cancellation policy?
A 24 hour advance notice is required for cancellations or rescheduling of your appointment.
It is the client’s responsibility to keep the appointment.
Reminder calls will not be given. If you do not show up or cancel your appointment in less than 24 hours, you will be required to pay the full cost of the session.