What to Expect from Teton Counseling
I've written some "guidelines" for engaging in counseling that should help you on your journey. They are meant to increase the return on your time, money, and emotional investment. There are many common questions asked from people beginning therapy. Below are just a few. If you have more questions feel free to contact us at the number below.
Carey Ballinger, PC
What should I expect during the 1st session?
Our first session begins with some simple questions about what brought you to therapy. We will discuss your current life circumstances, and if applicable, how your past experiences inform your present situation. Also, as part of this discussion I will elicit your goals and expectations of our sessions. It is my hope, whether you are looking for assistance on a specific issue or seeking therapy for ongoing personal growth, that our relationship can provide the safety for you to make changes necessary for you to live your best life.
Will I have to change?
Most likely you will have to change some part of your world. A behavior, a thought process, or even a day-to-day schedule change. One has to realize that a bit of change is almost always expected because something doesn't feel right and there is no reason to continue life as it is.
How long does the therapy process take?
The amount of time it will take depends on where you are starting from and where you want to go. I often tell my clients that therapy can be a lot like cleaning out a closet-when you first begin the process, your space gets messier before it gets better. Also, please note that it is not necessary to begin this process with a full tank of energy.
It is also important to understand that the greatest portion and value of therapy will occur outside the time you spend with me personally. Time in session is only part of the counseling process.
How much does therapy cost?
Services through Teton Counseling are out-of-network or private-pay only. The main reason for this is to help protect the client's rights and privacy. Insurance companies require an official diagnosis and ongoing progress reports which can only come from personal information shared in counseling sessions. Not accepting insurance also keeps costs down for my clients. Documentation (a Superbill) will be provided if you choose to obtain reimbursement from your insurance provider.
- $125 for initial session for individuals
- $105 for 50 min session for individuals
- $150 for initial couple's session (90min)
- $140 for 50 min session for couples
- $140 for 50 minute family session
- $70 for a 45 minute session
- $30 for an extended response to an email
- $30 for email (or 30min phone call) for a parent update of progress with a minor child
How many sessions will I need?
This is a popular question which has no one answer. Time spent in counseling depends solely on the individual. An approximation of the number of sessions needed will be indicated within the first few sessions. We will discuss this together.