Is Counseling with Jennie a good fit for you?
I am currently seeing a select number of adult clients via telehealth (phone or video chat) each month. My clients must be in the state of Missouri, per my license. Limited times slots are available, however my actively engaged clients tend to get better and finish treatment relatively quickly, so spots are open on a rolling basis.
Here are some commonly asked questions. Please review these questions below to make sure this is a good fit, and then contact me via e-mail if you're interested in an appointment.
Do you do telehealth (Zoom or phone) or in-person?
I am only providing telehealth appointments now. We can talk via video on Zoom (or a similar platform) or talk by phone. The limited research on this shows it works just as well as in-person therapy!
Do you offer a free consultation?
I am available to consult briefly via text or e-mail to discuss if I am a likely a good fit for your needs, and if an assessment is appropriate.
Do you have a sliding scale?
All sliding scale spots are full at this time.
Do you take insurance?
The short answer is no. I am not in any insurance networks, so you will pay for all appointments yourself. Some of my clients are able to get some portion of what they pay reimbursed through out-of-network benefits. If this interests you, I recommend you call the number on your insurance card and ask about "out of network mental health benefits." You should also verify that this is covered for telehealth appointments.
What do sessions cost?
Initial Consultation = $150
All Following Appointments = $125
What if I can't afford this/why don't you take insurance?
I know healthcare can get expensive. Many individual therapists can't afford to accept insurance due to the difficulty of working with insurance companies (so much time fighting them, and then they still don't always pay), and a lack of any state or federal funding. Non-profit and larger agencies are better able to provide this. You can check with SAMSHA to look for these resources.
What happens in the assessment?
Initial assessments include symptoms screening, discussion of your mental health history, and my initial diagnostic impressions. If your symptoms appear to match the areas I currently treat (PTSD, general anxiety, or phobias), then I will recommend treatment options. This is most often CPT (cognitive processing therapy) or a related CBT approach.
These treatments are generally highly effective for clients who meet the matching symptoms and are motivated to get better quickly.
If your symptoms do not match these areas I treat, or either of us feel we aren't the best fit, I will refer you to another provider(s) for ongoing sessions following the initial assessment.
How long will I be in therapy?
Many of my clients with general anxiety or phobia issues begin to feel better within a couple of months. Those with PTSD are generally better within a few months. In my experience, those who come into therapy with me determined to be rid of their anxiety problems or PTSD once and for all, do so the quickest.
This being said, many overlapping conditions can take longer to treat. For example, those with depression prior to PTSD, or those with other disorders like OCD or complex trauma may take longer to be free of symptoms.
How often and how long will we meet?
Appointments are generally 50 to 60 minutes, and this type of therapy works best if it's weekly for the first several weeks. Otherwise we will end up essentially starting over each session.
How do I get started?
If you've reviewed these questions and it sounds like a good fit, please e-mail me: email@example.com