Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

I try to anticipate questions you might have about the therapy process and provide the answers here. If you need additional information please go to the "contact us" tab and send a message.

 

1.

What is Christian Counseling?

Christian counseling is very similar to other forms of therapy. It strives to follow sound therapeutic principles while assessing and treating a person holistically, including emotional, mental, physical, social, relational, and spiritual well being. Because CPS clients come from all denominations and walks of faith, Christian counseling works to utilize the clients' spirituality in whatever way the client may find helpful. I respect a clients' spiritual boundaries while working to maximize a clients' resources, including, but not limited to, spirituality. Spirituality holds different meanings for different people, and therefore, the clients' unique spiritual journey will be assessed, respected, and utilized to promote healing.


2.

How do I schedule an appointment?

The easiest way to schedule an appointment is to call me at (913) 220-9063. I schedule my own appointments and will be able to talk to you in person on this line.


3.

What is a Marriage and Family Therapist?

There are four different types of therapists/counselors that can be licensed in the State of Kansas including: marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, social workers, and psychologists. They are all licensed to diagnose and treat most relationship, mental health, and substance abuse problems. However, marriage and family therapists are the only licensed therapists in the state that are required to complete a wide range of intensive training and supervised experience in treating couple and family issues.


4.

How much does counseling cost?

Everyone should have access to mental health services regardless of their insurance provider or lack thereof. I believe that insurance companies should not dictate the number of sessions or limit the scope of issues that can be addressed in a therapeutic setting. As such, I do not work with most major insurance companies. I accept Kansas Medicaid (United Healthcare community plan) and use an ability-to-pay schedule that bases your fee off the amount of people in your household and yearly income. Together we will come to a decision about an amount that will keep you coming on a regular basis. Additionally, if you would like to utilize your insurance, I can provide you with a form that you submit to your insurance company to be reimbursed. All payments are due at the time of service (I currently accept cash, check, Visa, American Express, Discover, and Mastercard). When you call to schedule an appointment, you may ask to have an initial phone conversation with me about fees and we can discuss any concerns you have at that time.


5.

Do you only treat couples and families? Can I come by myself?

I regularly assist individuals, couples, and families with a wide range of problems. You are welcome to come for help by yourself, as a couple, or as a family.


6.

How do I know that therapy or my therapist is the right fit?

I realize that selecting the right counselor is an important decision. To help with this, I am happy to talk with you to see if you think I will be a good fit for you and your situation. Simply give me a call at (913) 220-9063 for a free brief phone consultation to discuss fit. No need to schedule this. If I am not available, simply leave a message and I will return your call within 24 hours.


7.

How long does therapy take?

This is depends on many factors, such as level of motivation, presenting problem, goals, and therapeutic approach. Therapy is usually terminated when the clients goals are met and/or when the client and therapist collaboratively decide that termination is the next step. This can take anywhere from weeks to years. My goal as your therapist is to work efficiently and competently to accomplish your unique therapy goals.