Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know when or if I need counseling?

Two general guidelines can be helpful when considering whether you or someone you love could benefit from therapy.
First, is the problem distressing? And second, is it interfering with some aspect of life?

When thinking about distress, here are some issues to consider:

  • Do you or someone close to you spend some amount of time every week thinking about the problem?
  • Is the problem embarrassing, to the point that you want to hide from others?
  • Over the past few months, has the problem reduced your quality of life?

When thinking about interference, some other issues may deserve consideration:

  • Does the problem take up considerable time (e.g., more than an hour per day)?
  • Have you curtailed your work or educational ambitions because of the problem?
  • Are you rearranging your lifestyle to accommodate the problem?

A “yes” response to any of these questions suggests that you might wish to consider seeking professional help. Remember that sometimes a problem might be less upsetting to you than it is to the people around you. This does not automatically mean that you are in the know and your friends or family are over-reacting to you. Rather, this situation suggests that you may wish to think about why the people who care about you are upset.

Clearly, the decision to enter into therapy is a very personal one. Numerous advances have been made in the treatment of psychological disorders in the past decade and many therapies have been shown scientifically to be helpful. As you think about whether therapy might be helpful to you, remember that many psychological problems have been shown to be treatable using short-term therapy approaches.

Learning more about different approaches to therapy might also help you to discern if one of them sounds like a good fit with your personality and approach to life. Given the range of therapeutic options that are available, you don’t need to continue to struggle with a problem that is upsetting and/or getting in the way of other parts of your life. Help is available.

How much does counseling cost?

Average Cost (per session): $150
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Insurance: Yes we accept the following insurance plans as long as they are private or employer offered:  Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, UnitedHealthcare, Allegiance and TRICARE East.  We do not accept any Medicaid or Medicare plans.

Do you accept credit cards?

Yes, we accept credit cards as a form of payment.  We process credit card payments through our HIPAA compliant and encrypted web-based mental health solution.

What payment methods are accepted?

Check, Discover, MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Cash are all accepted.

Do you accept insurance?

Yes, we currently accept Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, UnitedHealthcare, Allegiance and TRICARE East.  We do not accept any Medicaid or Medicare plans at this time.

How frequent are the counseling sessions?

This all depends on what the therapist and patient come up with during the first session.  Sessions can be once a week up to multiple times a week (during a crisis) or as little as once a month.  Typically, once per week.

Are you HIPAA compliant?

Yes, New Beginnings Counseling Center is HIPAA compliant.  We use SimplePractice as our web-based mental health solution.  SimplePractice is HIPAA compliant and uses encrypted data to protect your PHI.

What should I expect for my first visit?

The first session is a get to know you session.  You and your therapist will discuss what you have filled out on the questionnaire form and progress from there.

How long does a counseling session take?

A therapy session is between 45 and 50 minutes long.

What does LCSW and DCC mean?

Licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) is a social worker who has earned their Master of Social (MSW) degree and is extremely specialized and trained to become licensed in their particular state.  To read the Florida Statute on a LCSW, please click here.  Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC) is a credentialed counselor who is able to do TeleTherapy or distance counseling. 

Can you prescribe medication?

No, only Ph.D.’s can prescribe medications however if I feel you may benefit from a medical assessment, I will be happy to provide you with referrals. 

What is HIPAA?

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability ACT (HIPAA) are national standards to protect patients’ personal health information (PHI).  Personal health information (PHI), also referred to as protected health information,  generally refers to demographic information, medical history, test and laboratory results, insurance information and other data that a healthcare professional collects to identify an individual and determine appropriate care.

Do I have to fill out any forms to be seen by a therapist?

Yes, you will need to fill out forms before your first session.  Once you have been set up with an appointment and we have received an email address, you will be automatically sent paperwork from SimplePractice. We also have printed copies of the forms that you can fill out if needed.

How do I get started?

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