FAQ's

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What can I expect in the first session?

The first session is an initial intake session that is about an hour.  During this time, it’s like going to the doctor for the first time, when there are multiple topics discussed in order for our therapist to get the most information as possible to understand you and your life to the best of our ability.  You can rest assured that during this time, I am interested to know what you see as the problem and your wanted goals for counseling. Together we will discuss length of counseling and get a good agreed upon plan, allotting plenty of time for your questions.   

Most importantly, we desire for you to walk away after the first session and feel you were heard and understood by your counselor.  It is also important that you feel your counselor is a good fit for you

Q: How long are the sessions?

Sessions are typically 45 minutes long (except for the initial 60 minute session). But you have the option to do longer sessions if  you desire more intensive type work.

Q: How many sessions will I need?

When you come into therapy we will discuss in the first session how many sessions you might need. Though the exact number is usually not known, especially at the outset, we will set some goals that can best help us assess the length of counseling. If there has been an issue present in your life for a long time you may need a considerable amount of time (several months to a year). Typically, if it is a new problem that has arisen, work can be accomplished in 8-12 sessions or less.  I consider this to be a collaborative process and will want and value your input on this question.

Q: Do you integrate faith into counseling?

Faith is integrated into counseling when it is desired by the client. Though our therapists are Christians, we work with both Christians and non-Christians.  Our role is not to impose our personal views on the client, but to help the client work through the issues they bring into counseling. We are comfortable and confident in working with whatever issues someone brings into counseling, regardless of their faith perspectives. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please feel free to contact your therapist.

Q: What if my partner won’t come into counseling?

We will suggest for the willing spouse to come into counseling, as it is still work focusing on relational improvements. And the more each individual in the relationship takes responsibility for their part, the greater chance the relationship has to thrive. While optimum results take place when both parties attend marriage or family therapy, there are times when one partner chooses not to engage.  

Q: What if my adolescent won’t come into counseling?

Oftentimes a parent hopes to get their adolescent into counseling, but they are not willing to attend. In cases like this parents are encouraged to come in by themselves so they can work on strategies that will be helpful for their parenting. But in most of my experience, once the adolescent comes to the first counseling session they often decide that it will be beneficial for them. Many adolescents come in by themselves and prefer to work through issues without the parent present. When beneficial the parents will be included in the counseling process.

If you have an adolescent who isn’t sure they want to come into counseling, or is unwilling, we recommend that you have them check out our website and social media outlets themselves, so that they judge for themselves  by looking into their specific therapist.

Q: What model of therapy do you practice?

The primary model at LiveWell is Restoration Therapy, founded by Dr. Terry Hargrave.  Restoration Therapy embodies the best of many therapies, specifically focusing on issues of attachment, emotional regulation, mindfulness, and skills training.

My most important belief is that I must create an emotionally safe therapy experience so that you can be your most authentic self in the therapeutic process. And in this process I work towards being present in the room so that you can do the necessary work.

Q: Do you integrate faith into counseling?

Faith is integrated into counseling when it is desired by the client. Though our therapists are Christians, we work with both Christians and non-Christians.  Our role is not to impose our personal views on the client, but to help the client work through the issues they bring into counseling. We are comfortable and confident in working with whatever issues someone brings into counseling, regardless of their faith perspectives. If you have any questions or concerns about this, please feel free to contact your therapist.

Q: Do you accept insurance?

LiveWell does not accept insurance. Full-payment is due at each session. Although, a super bill can be given to clients as they desire, in order for them to file that toward their out of network benefits with their insurance company. This will require you to obtain information about your own out of network benefits with your insurance coverage.

Q: What’s the cancellation policy?

If an appointment needs to be rescheduled (non-emergency situations) this must be done within 24 hours of the existing appointment or the full amount will be charged to you for the missed session.