For those seeking counseling services in the Kalamazoo area or throughout Michigan via telehealth, I am able to accept most insurance plans, including the following:
- Anthem PPO
- ASR/Administrative Systems Research
- Benesys Union Trust
- Blue Care Network
- Blue Care Network Advantage (a Medicare replacement)
- BlueCross BlueShield
- Blue Cross Blue Shield FEP Blue (Federal Employee Program Insurance)
- Blue Cross Blue Shield
- HAP PPO/AHL
- Physicians Care Network
- Priority Health
- Priority Medicaid
- Cigna Out of Network
- UnitedHealthcare Out of Network
- Sheet Metal Workers Local 7
- Straight Medicaid
- Meridian Medicaid
- McLaren Medicaid
Please contact me directly to verify insurances accepted or to inquire about self-pay and out of network options for those who do not have insurance coverage or do not want to use their insurance benefits.
Effective 1/1/2022 due to federal legislation passed under the “No Surprises Act”, if you do not have insurance or are not intending to use it to cover your services, I am happy to provide you with a “Good Faith Estimate” that offers financial estimations of the cost for your services.
Do you offer free consultations?
I offer free 15 minute phone consultations to explore your presenting issue, ensure that you feel I would be a good fit for your counseling needs, and provide information on the process of therapy. Please feel free to ask any questions that are important to you during that time. With any additional time required to explore the important parts of your story that exceeds 15 minutes, I recommend scheduling a formal appointment to allow you the time you deserve. You can schedule here.
Can I refer someone to you for counseling services?
Absolutely! I would be honored if you would do so. Part of what makes me different from other therapy offices is that I promise to return any initial contact either immediately or within 24 business hours.
Please do keep two things in mind, however. First, because of confidentiality, if you are a former or current client, I cannot confirm or deny that I know you if someone mentions that they heard about me through you. Second, due to that same confidentiality, I cannot contact someone on your behalf or enroll them in services without their permission. The exception to this is if a legal guardian seeks counseling services for minor (those under the age of 18) for which they have custody.
What are your hours?
I offer a variety of hours in order to best meet your needs. These generally range from 8am to 6pm. Contact me directly and let me know about your scheduling needs so that we can know if I am the best fit for you.
What are your fees?
My general session fee is $155 and my initial assessment fee is $180. This cost includes the other services provided to you outside of the time spent in session that sets me apart from other offices and allows me to provide you with the best quality of care, like phone or email communication with you or you insurance company and collaborating with others (e.g. your doctor) upon your request.
I understand that finding the right therapist is a reflection of your need to protect your investment of time, money, and energy. If you have concerns about this cost, I recommend you to schedule a time to discuss how you may want to think about more than just the lowest price when choosing a therapist. Or, if you are low income, uninsured, underinsured, or have concerns about your ability to pay, please contact me directly to explore sliding-fee scale options.
How do I schedule an appointment?
I try to make it easy on you! If you are interested in working with me, you can schedule here online, send me a message through this website, or contact me by phone at 269-254-1211 or via email at [email protected].
What methods of payment do you offer for counseling services?
Fees can be paid with cash, check, Health Savings Accounts, or credit card payments.
How long would my visits be?
The appointment lengths for individual therapy, couples counseling, family therapy, or life coaching appointments are between 45-53 minutes, depending on any insurance requirements.
Will my information be kept private?
For those applying insurance coverage to counseling services, I are required to share information necessary for billing purposes. However, as a therapy practice that always strives to always practice ethically, I am bound by the confidentiality requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). This means that I cannot even confirm or deny that I know you unless you have signed a specific release of information with me. It is of the utmost importance to me that your services are safe and private.
How often would we meet?/
How long would I see my therapist?/
How long before I see results?
The answers to these questions are so inter-related to each other that they need to be discussed collectively. Such answers are based on a variety of factors that could only be most accurately identified after we meet about your situation. However, because these questions are so common and important, here are some things to consider:
If you are using insurance, this can depend on insurance benefits. Second, although you will be asked if you have any scheduling needs that would need to respected, keep in mind that research, particularly related to success of couples counseling, shows that an increased frequency of sessions at the beginning of therapy correlates to improved outcomes and the speed of results.
This means that I typically recommend meeting weekly in the beginning in order for you and me to get to know each other better and develop a solid working relationship. Over time, however, given my strength-based approach to helping you reach your desired direction in life, such questions will be constantly re-evaluated. It is my goal to be able to have you leave each session having a specific tool or understanding that can help you improve your life.
To maintain the best results, research also shows that it is best to not terminate therapy suddenly, but to gradually reduce the frequency of meetings over time. This may mean that we meet weekly in the beginning to help you through a crisis but, once you feel more stable, you meet bi-weekly or even eventually move to “booster sessions” every second or third month in order to help you maintain your progress. Keep in mind, your time at Inner Peace Counseling, PLC is your time. So, I will offer suggestions but will, ultimately, help you do what’s right for you. And, everyone is different.
One aspect of this that is essential to remember is, although I take a solution-focused approach to help you get the fast results you desire, I also recognize that people come and go from therapy based on finances, life transitions, work demands, or other events. So, I have a “revolving-door policy” that welcomes people to work with me, even if it’s only for a short time, or to return after taking time off. There is no shame in returning after time away. Each of us have different needs and seasons in our lives that cannot necessarily be predicted. So, we will keep our minds open and, while recognizing that, just like anything else, you get from therapy what you put into it, we can have an open dialogue about how to best meet your needs.
What can I expect at the first appointment?
The first appointment will be different from any other appointment. At the first appointment the time will be used to get to know you, your story, and what brings you in. Sometimes this “assessment” phase can last for the first couple meetings if there is a lot that you feel is relevant to what causes you to seek counseling services.
In case you don’t know where to start, which is perfectly normal, I have a set of questions I typically ask that helps me assess where you are and what the next helpful step would be. Connected to this first appointment is something that also sets me apart as a clinician: a creation of a “treatment plan.” We will collaboratively create a plan for your time together after you feel like you have been able to share what you need to in order to offer a good understanding of your story. This “plan” outlines the issues that cause you to seek counseling, the goals you have to overcome those challenges, and the specific steps that we will take to help you achieve your goals.
Although it is unusual for a private practice to do this routinely, I do this for three reasons. First, it helps us to share an understanding of what direction you want to move. Second, because counseling is not “just talking,” I believe that creating a treatment plan for each client is an ethical responsibility I have to my clients. I have a responsibility to help effectively in a measurable way. Lastly, because of my passion to provide you with the best-quality ethical services, I use the “treatment plan” to keep me accountable to you. Eventually, I want to work myself out of a job. And, since you (or your insurance) are paying me for a service, I want to make sure that we are using your time wisely and that you are seeing the improvements that you desire.
What if I schedule an appointment and feel like it isn’t a good fit?
That’s perfectly okay! It happens. Sometimes it is a good fit and sometimes it isn’t. I always welcome feedback from clients throughout the entire process of therapy, even if it is constructive criticism. And, if I am not the best fit for you, I can provide you with a referral to another office that I trust.