Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do you offer virtual appointments?
A: Yes! I offer virtual and in person appointments. Virtual sessions are held via video chat through Zoom. In person sessions are held at my office in St. Louis County. You can pick the option best fits your needs, comfort level, and schedule.
Q: Should I have anything prepared for my first session?
A: Nope- don’t sweat it! There is no pressure on you to have anything “prepared” when you come in. Nothing is expected of you. I will ask questions to get to know you and guide the session along the way as needed. The first meeting is really all about getting comfortable with each other and determining if we are a good “fit.” If we are- great! If you feel we’re not- there is no obligation on your end to continue.
Q: How long are sessions?
A: You can choose either 50-minute or 80-minute sessions for individual counseling. Couples sessions are always 80-minute sessions.
Q: How often will we meet?
A: This depends your needs! Some come weekly, while some check in once a month. I recommend starting out weekly and making adjustments as needed. If you are unsure how often you should come in, we can discuss this together and find a frequency that makes the most sense for you.
Q: What is your fee?
A: My fee is $75 per 50-minute session or $90 per 80-minute session. I also offer a sliding fee scale, which means that I am usually able to offer a lower price based on your needs. Let me know if you are interested in discussing a sliding fee scale rate.
Q: Do you accept insurance?
A: I do not accept insurance at this time. Though insurance can be convenient, there are also many benefits to using private pay for mental health counseling. Some of these benefits are as follows:
- You are able to find the therapist best for you, rather than your insurance determining this choice
- More flexibility to choose the length of services, length of sessions, content of your sessions, and frequency of sessions
- You will be ensured confidentiality. Your records will not be shared without your permission. Insurance companies sometimes require private information to be shared with them in order to cover the services provided.
- Insurance companies require a mental health diagnosis be given for them to cover services.
- No need to worry that your health records may create problems for you or your family in the future (ex: increased life and health insurance premiums)
- You will be able to stay with your therapist even if your insurance plan coverage changes
- Insurance typically does not cover couples counseling services
Q: What if I work full time?
A: My availability is spread out over weekdays, weeknights, and weekends. We will find a meeting time that fits in with your work and family life.
Q: How can I book an appointment?
Under the Supervision of Nancy Golden, LPC MO001889