FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is an intake session?
The intake session is the first session we will have together where we will learn a bit about each other, discuss logistical details of our sessions, and explore what you are looking for in therapy. It is 75 minutes (instead of 50 minutes) and costs $130.

Do you accept sliding scale?
Reduced fee services are available on a limited basis.  If reduced fee slots are full, I’m happy to put you on a wait list.

Do you take insurance?
I currently do not accept insurance.

What form of payment to you take?
The CTS Counseling Center accepts debit or credit card and HSA. All payments need to be paid within 48 hours of the session.

What is your cancellation policy?
Please call to cancel with 24 hours’ notice to avoid being charged the full rate of the session. Please give 48 hours’ notice to cancel sessions via email to avoid a late cancellation fee.

What does LMHCA, LMHC, resident therapist, and pre-licensed professional mean?
A resident therapist works under the umbrella of a company or organization and cannot receive any money directly from clients. Residents work under supervision and cannot have an independent private practice and remain a resident as both a pre-licensed professional and LMCHA.

A pre-licensed professional is someone who has applied for their temporary or associate license and is waiting to be approved from the licensing board. Pre-licensed professionals are allowed to practice under supervision while awaiting their temporary or LMHCA status.

LMHCA stands for Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate. This means that after graduating from a nationally accredited Masters Degree program, completing over 400 hours of experience with clients, and passing a national exam, someone is eligible for licensure. In Indiana, a therapy license requires an additional two years of supervision and 3,000 supervised hours. During this time the LMHCA can only accept Medicaid (if their employer is paneled) or self-pay.

LMHC stands for Licensed Mental Health Counselor, which means a therapist completed the 3,000 supervised hours and all other requirements for licensure, in addition to passing a second exam, and has obtained full licensure. At this time a LMHC would be able to panel with insurance companies in order to accept insurance and have an independent private practice if they so desired.

What does all this mean for you?
I am a resident therapist at the CTS Counseling Center working as a pre-licensed professional under supervision, awaiting my approval of a temporary license. Once I hear from the board, I will schedule to take my first exam and, upon passing, I will obtain my LMHCA. I cannot accept any insurance at this time and my rates are determined by my employer, which is the CTS Counseling Center.

What’s different when working with children and adolescents?
I work with children ages 6 years and older.  I like to meet with both the parent(s)/guardian(s) and child for the first session.

RESOURCES

  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Teen Suicide Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
  • Trans Lifeline: 1-877-330-6366
  • LGBTQ+ Youth Lifeline: chat via thetrevorproject.org, text START to 678-678, or call 1-866-488-7386​