FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is therapy? How is it different from counseling? I understand there are different opinions and views within the general public that could make this confusing. In the profession the words therapy and counseling are often used interchangeably. However in order to simplify it, think about counseling as a task oriented, guided relationship. Therapy may be seen as a deep more transformative healing process. Both therapy and counseling are dedicated to your personal growth and development. 

How long do I have to be in therapy? How long will it take for me to feel better? Results in counseling or therapy are related to your level of consistency, engagement, and motivation throughout the process. In the beginning, it is helpful to attend weekly to create and measure your progress. Clients have reported that they feel better after the first session because they finally get things off their chest without being interrupted. Benefits of therapy include, improved self-esteem and self confidence, clarity, perspective, increased mindfulness, and improved relationships. I tend to ask challenging questions to guide you to your solution. I look forward to not only meeting with you once, but getting to know you over time.

Do I need to see a therapist or a counselor every week? Frequency within the therapeutic process varies depending on the severity of the issue(s). Therapy for chronic depression or anxiety may require you to be seen more often. We can decide that together. 

I have my friends and family, why do I need a therapist? A relationship with a licensed mental health professional means that you have someone dedicated to you who is trained to help you grow. Your friends and family may have somewhat of a limited perspective. In therapy I am interested in helping you find your own answers by connecting with what is true and accurate for you. If you find your self having the same conversation with your friends and family, it may be time to go deeper with a therapist. 

How will I know therapy is right for me? Am I really ready for this? Feeling anxious or sad is likely unavoidable throughout transitions in life. When anxiety or depression begin to interrupt your daily functioning and living for prolonged periods of time (usually 2 weeks), its a good time to strongly consider therapy. For example, if you find yourself in extreme isolation, have disturbances in sleep, constantly on edge, or irritable more often therapy most certainly right for you. Anxiety and depression can be crippling conditions that cost you more in the end. Call today for your FREE Consultation. That’s a good way to get answers to all your questions about therapy.

What will happen in my first session? During your first session, there will likely be a lot of questions. By the time we meet in person you would have already reviewed all of my practice polices and completed an online intake form. This is a good time to confirm if us working together will be a good fit. Don’t be alarmed, this is pretty standard when you are in the early stages. As we get to know one another, this gets easier. Examples of questions I may ask are what made you decide to participate in therapy, what are your goals for the process, do you have a family history of the issues you are experiencing, what are your current relationships like., etc.

Which type of therapy is best for depression? There are many different treatments for depression. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy which means we will focus on modifying negative thoughts, behaviors, and emotional responses associated with your distress. 

Which type of therapy is best for anxiety? There are many different treatments for conditions such as generalized anxiety disorders. With clients, I use Person Centered Therapy and Mindfulness Techniques to turn attention internally and empower you to manage symptoms.

Can you prescribe medication? No. If we determine that medication is necessary or beneficial after evaluating your current situation, I am willing collaborate with a psychiatrist with your written consent.

When should couples seek counseling? When a relationship is the early stages, it may feel easier to love your partner. Over time, you may encounter challenges that test this love and counseling is a great way to address these before they get out of hand. Common pains from couples are feeling neglected in the relationship, arguments about money, one partner taking second place to social media, differences in sexual desire, bad habits around the house, etc.

Do you offer evening and weekend appointments? Currently I do not offer evening and weekend appointments. Check back on the website for future changes. 

How long are appointments? During the first session, also called the Intake session, it’s likely that we will spend about 50 minutes outlining goals and getting to know each other. Afterwards, we can decide together which session length is right for you, 45 or 60 minutes. Couples sessions may require more time and can be discussed as needed.

Will you tell anyone else about my problems? As a licensed professional in the state of North Carolina, by law, I cannot disclose any information about a client without prior written consent. The exceptions to this rule are if I suspect child, dependent adult, or elder abuse. There is also an exception if you as my client are threatening serious bodily harm to another person or if you are intending to and have a plan to harm yourself. 

How much will therapy cost? How do I pay? The cost of therapy varies greatly from provider to provider. Currently my rates are as follows: Initial Psychotherapy Session - Psychiatric Diagnostic Evaluation (New Clients Only), 60 minutes $140. Individual Psychotherapy Session, 60 minutes $140. Individual Psychotherapy Session, 45 minutes $120. Individual Psychotherapy Session, 30 minutes (Existing Clients Only) $70. Couples Therapy Session, 75 minutes $160. Group Psychotherapy Session, 90 minutes $65. Please check back in the future for group psychotherapy offerings. My practice policy includes keeping a credit card on file for payment at the time of service. I also accept PayPal. I do not accept checks.

Can I use my insurance to pay for sessions? Currently I take Blue Cross and Blue Shield and American Behavioral Insurance. Clients have found it to be very beneficial to take advantaged of employer benefits such as a Health Savings or Flexible Spending accounts.   

What is your cancellation policy?  If you are unable to keep your appointment, I ask that you kindly give 24 hours notice, otherwise you will be charged for the ENTIRE AMOUNT of the scheduled session. The cancellation fee will be automatically charged to the debit or credit card on file. Monday appointments must be cancelled by 5 p.m. on the preceding Friday. In separated or divorced families, the person who initiates services is held financially responsible for any fees incurred. Another person or an estranged spouse is not billed unless that individual informs me in writing of his or her willingness to pay for services rendered.

What if I have to reschedule my appointment? Please provide a 24-hour notice for the cancellation OR rescheduling of an appointment. If you have cancelled or rescheduled more than 3 designated appointment times within a given month without notification 24-hours prior, your services will be terminated. No refunds will be given for current or previous services provided.

Can I get started TODAY? To get started, call (704) 750 - 1889 or email me at montina@myersgallowaycounseling.com today! Click here to request an appointment for a session or a FREE Consultation. 

Practice Policies are Subject to Change Without Notice