Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of therapy/counseling?
Learn more about yourself, and how you respond to your surroundings. Improve relationships. Relieve/manage stress. Overcome depression, anxiety, psychological trauma, stress, etc.
The more we know ourselves, the better we can navigate our world and the people in it. Remember, it doesn't have to be bad to get better. So, don't wait until the moment it's too unbareable to manage before starting your journey to feeling whole.
What does therapy/counseling help with?
Anxiety. Depression. Stress. Psychological Trauma. ADHD. Feeling bad about yourself, or not recognizing yourself anymore. Social Skills. Relationship Problems. Family Conflicts. Anger. Self-improvement. And More. If you are experiencing challenges that have brought you to this website, call or email us to find out if we're a good fit for your needs.
What can I expect in my first session?
During your first session, we are getting to know each other. At the root of all successful therapy is the therapeutic relationship. This is the time Patrick or Megan learn about what brought you to see him/her, and begin to understand you as a person, beyond your presenting challenges. We also start to plan and develop a realistic plan for upcoming sessions.
How long does therapy usually take; weeks, months, years...?
This is definitely a frequent question, and, unfortunately, there is no standardized answer. One of the reasons we do not take insurance is to allow us to work closely with you on a time scale that best suits your needs and pace for growth and development. For most clients, I recommend committing to at least eight weeks to twelve weeks of weekly sessions, in order to build a strong foundation. Change and growth take time. Each person and family are unique, so the needed time may differ and fluctuate for each client.
Sessions are 50 - 60 minutes, depending on your need. You may request 90 minute sessions when scheduling your appointment.
What if I decide my therapist is not a good fit for me?
During the first couple of sessions, you will get to know your therapist and whether or not you are comfortable with him or her. Sometimes, you discover your therapist may not be the most comfortable fit for what you wish to accomplish. This is perfectly normal and acceptable. We provide a safe space for you to be honest about what you need and how we are doing in helping you reach these needs. If you feel like our approach is not working how you want, please talk to us about it. If we are not able to make adjustments to suit you, we will help you find another clinician.
If I'm only coming for individual therapy, can I bring my partner or spouse to sessions on occasion?
Each sessions is designated for you, the primary client, and your needs. If you (and/or your therapist) determine that having your partner present is beneficial to you, we can certainly plan accordingly. We ask that you discuss this request with your therapist before bringing your partner.
Do you offer after-hours or emergency appointments?
We schedule by appointment only, and do not maintain specific or consistent office hours. If you have a need for a session outside of your scheduled appointment, you are welcome to call your therapist to coordinate a time and day that work for both you and your therapist. If you are experiencing a medical or life-threatening mental health emergency, you will need to call 911 or go to your closest emergency room.
How much does therapy cost?
Therapy is an investment in you and those around you whom you care about. Our rate is in line with typical rates of similar services in the Decatur area, and what is reasonable for healthy investment. Our clinicians' rates range from $105 to $135 per one-hour session, and from $180 to $200 for 1.5 hour sessions. Family consultations are $150 per hour.
Our associate clinicians offer adjusted-rate sessions on a limited basis. These rates are determined based on need and availability of the adjusted rate spots.
Can I use my insurance, and what does "out-of-network" mean?
We know you have insurance for a reason: because you want to use it when you need it. Some of our clinicians are in-network for Blue Cross Blue Shield. Please ask your therapist if he/she is in-network with your insurance provider before scheduling your first appointment. All other insurance is filed out-of-network.
"Out-of-network" means that we do not have contracts with insurance companies. Our mission is to provide the highest quality of care, specific to your needs, without limitations or stipulations from your insurance company. We are happy to provide invoices/superbills, so that you may file for reimbursement from your insurance company. Please be sure to contact your customer service representative to get a full understanding of your policy, and all out-of-network benefits. Out-of-network reimbursement is determined by your insurance provider, not us.
Many Blue Cross Blue Shield POS and HMO in-network plans require you to, first, meet your deductible before paying for services. This means you pay the full negotiated rate (less than our hourly rate) until your deductible is met. Clients are responsible for tracking whether or not they have met their deductible during the course of services.
Is what I discuss in my therapy session confidential?
What happens in session, stays in session. We respect your privacy, and so does the law. You are protected under both confidentiality and privilege*, meaning we will not discuss anything about you, or even acknowledge that you are a client to anyone, without first getting your written permission.
When filing insurance, however, there are limitations. We are required to provide a clinical diagnosis, which becomes part of your medical history.
*Please note, that we are mandated reports. In the event that child abuse is disclosed, we are required by law to report said abuse to DFCS. Also, your safety is very important to us. If we feel that you are a risk to yourself or to others, we may insist that you seek more intensive care from a hospital or inpatient facility.
Clinical hypnotherapy is the use of hypnosis in conjunction with evidenced-based psychological techniques. It is the avenue in which healing takes place, not the healing itself. Hypnosis can be described as the use of meditation, imagery, and suggestions to help you unlock experiences and/or ideas that were always there, but perhaps clouded or muted, due to your inner critic. We all have an inner critic that limits our experience in some way, based in shame, guilt, or societal/familial expectations. Hypnosis helps you relax to a state where this critic is still present, but less active and less verbal. Click here for more information.
Am I in control of my thoughts, words, and actions during hypnosis?
Yes, during hypnosis, you are completely in control of your experience. It is nothing like you've seen on TV or in the movies. There are no pendulum watches, and you will never be forced to do something you don't want to do. As a hypnotherapist, I make suggestions. You decide whether or not they fit for you.
Am I asleep during hypnotherapy, and can I wake up if I want?
You are not actually asleep. The best way to describe your experience is to imagine that state of relaxation just before you fall asleep, where your body is relaxed and your mind is free without judgment. You may want to close your eyes to allow yourself to be fully present in the imagery, but it's not actually necessary. You are able to open your eyes at any time, or not close them at all.
What if I do not want to participate in hypnotherapy or other specialized practices?
We cater your therapeutic experience specifically to your needs. We develop a path for growth and development with you, not for you; therefore, you choose what and when specialized techniques are incorporated, if at all.
Mindfulness is simply paying attention to right now, with purpose and intention, noticing your present experience. It's a heightened sense of awareness. It includes practices, such as meditation, yoga, and positive self-talk to direct you to the present. When we feel ourselves getting anxious over the future or angry, fearful, avoidant because we're re-experiencing the past, it's helpful to bring ourselves back to the present. When we live in the present, we are not confined to our past experiences or limited to expectations of the future. Click here for more information.
Art therapy is a practice which combines the creative processes of art making with more traditional psychotherapy. This mode of therapy creates a space for growth and healing beyond the limitations of words. An art therapist is a mental health professional with a Master's Degree in art therapy who has completed a minimum level of supervision to become registered in the profession. Click here for more information.
Do I have to be good at art?
No, art therapy is for all levels of artistic skill and experience. Even if you've never done art before, you will find this creative and experiential process beneficial.
Is art therapy just for kids?
Art therapy is for kids, adolescents, and adults of all ages. There is quite a bit of research coming out about the many benefits of coloring among adults. Children often communicate non-verbally, due to their brains not yet being fully developed. So, it's important to offer avenues of connection and expression beyond language. Adults, you may find this process useful for you, too!
Megan also offers groups, where various mediums of art are used as therapy.
Do I need to bring my own materials for art therapy?
All the materials you will need are provided by Megan during your session. If you have specific mediums of art you wish to share in therapy, you are certainly welcome to discuss with Megan, or bring to your session.
How are yoga and meditation used in therapy at The Peaceful Place?
All of our clinicians are experienced in meditation, and will sometimes use this practice in session to assist in grounding, calming, increasing present moment awareness, and teaching for home practice. Katie Powers is trained and qualified to provide yoga for children, which is included in some groups and in individual sessions, when appropriate and when the client is comfortable with this practice. Other clinicians may use specific forms or poses to assist in and enhance the therapeutic process.