Denver Counseling FAQs | Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some answers to the questions we are often asked at our Denver counseling center:
Creative Counseling Center does not accept insurance, all fees must be paid prior to service. Although we do not accept any insurance or work with insurance companies, our office will take your insurance information and send an invoice for session paid in full to your insurance company. Depending on your “out of network” coverage you may or may not be reimbursed, the amount and decision is solely up to your insurance company.
Sessions are $125.00 for individual or play therapy and $150 for couple or family therapy. and typically 50 minutes. On occasion, family therapy may be scheduled for a longer duration, depending on circumstances.
Having the appropriate paper work filled out prior to the session is required. Included in your therapists paperwork our office requires a completed “financial agreement” and payment prior to any services, this will be emailed to you after an appointment is confirmed.
Q1. Will therapy be able to help me?
Therapy is very helpful to most individuals. Some may not find therapy to be helpful to them. Therapy is very much a collaborative process between the client and their therapist. Most find the support and guidance of counseling helps them feel better and more able to cope with their situation and find solutions.
Q2. How is talking to a therapist different than talking to friends or family?
A professionally trained therapist is able to listen objectively and confidentially to your concerns. They are trained to listen in a very careful and specialized way and are often able to help you recognize patterns in your life that may have led to your current situation of concern and help you to change those patterns. A therapist is often able to challenge you, in a respectful way, to see how distorted perceptions or feelings from the past are affecting current relationships and situations, thereby allowing you to grow and change so that those same distortions dont continue to cause you problems. A therapist helps you make sure you have examined things from all the angles that are important to you.
Its always good to have the understanding and support of family and friends, but they are not always able to provide objectivity. When you share your personal thoughts and feelings with friends and family, they may have strong feelings or expectations about how you should precede that interfere with your freedom to do what you decide is best. There is an advantage to being able to look at all facets of your thoughts and feelings in private with a therapist who is not a part of your circle of friends and family, knowing that the conversation is going to remain completely confidential.
Q3. How do I know when my child needs therapy?
There are numerous situations that your child may be helped by therapy. Significant life events like losing a parent, going through a divorce, relocating to a new area, or experiencing type of abuse or trauma can all be indications that therapy might be helpful. We encourage parents to call and take advantage of our free phone consultation to determine if therapy is right for your child. If you have scheduled an appointment for your child please print out our Child Intake Form.
Q4. Ive been told to get Play Therapy for my child but what is Play Therapy?
Play therapy refers to a large number of treatment methods, all of which make use of one or more of the natural benefits of play. It is a special therapeutic approach for working with children, adolescents, their families and/or care providers.
Play is the natural medium of children. Usually, children have not developed the cognitive or verbal skills that adults use to discuss feelings, emotions, and experiences in therapy. A safe and structured playroom environment is established where children are encouraged to play in ways that reveal concerns, problems, and issues they are struggling with.
Click here to read more about Play Therapy.
Q5. How long will therapy take?
Its difficult to answer this question very well without knowing more about you. Everyone is different and everyones therapy is unique to them depending on their needs and goals in therapy. Some people come in with a very limited specific issue they want help with and others want to examine many issues in their life for personal growth and increased self awareness. Additionally, people have to go at their own pace in therapy. Its a good idea to discuss your expectations and goals for therapy with your therapist in the first session to get a beginning idea of how long it is likely to take.
Q6. What if I’m not sure what to work on in therapy?
Its not uncommon for people to enter therapy unsure what exactly they want to work on. They may know that something is wrong but cant quite identify what the problem is or where to begin. In that case the first goal of therapy is to help you clarify what is going on. Therapists are very skilled at asking the right questions to help you focus inward and find the problem. After a few sessions you will probably have a much better idea of what direction you want to go in and what goals you want to set. As with most things, it is important to set a direction and goals as soon as you can in order get the most out of your therapy.
Q7. What if I need to cancel or re-schedule an appointment?
You are able to cancel/re-schedule appointments by contacting your therapist or by leaving a voicemail. Any appointments that are not canceled/re-scheduled 24 hours prior to the session will be billed at the full rate.
Q8. How do I know if a therapist is right for me?
Its important to feel comfortable talking with your therapist and that they are genuinely interested in you. Your therapist should be experienced and licensed, or working toward licensure with an approved supervisor, at a minimum. We encourage our clients to interview their therapist like you would with any other profession to make sure they are a good fit for both of you. Check out blog post for interviewing questions to ask your therapist.
Q9. Do I really need therapy?
People go through difficult circumstances in their lives without seeking therapy all the time. They gather together their strength and resilience to handle things on their own with the support of friends, family, and their faith community. Sometimes though that is not enough. It is a sign of strength to seek out therapy help if/when you realize that you are not able to handle things as well as you would like or you are experiencing too much stress. At those times a good therapist can help you handle the difficult situation better and learn ways to be stronger, more resilient, and able to handle similar issues in a more healthy way in the future.
Q10. What do all those letters mean?
LPC=Licensed Professional Counselor*
LMFT=Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist*
CACII=Colorado Addictions Counselor II
RPT=Registered Play Therapist
EFTCert1=Emotional Freedom Technique Certified Level 1
*LPC and LMFT Licenses indicate that a person has obtained a Masters degree (MS or MS) in a behavioral science discipline at a nationally accredited university. Both LPCs and LMFTs are required to have also completed 2000 hours of supervised experience in counseling with individuals, couples, and families and must pass their exams by their respective regulatory boards to be eligible for licensure in the state of Colorado.
Q11. What will my first therapy appointment be like?
Once you have scheduled your first appointment with us, please print out our Intake Form from our website, complete it at home, and bring it with you to your first appointment. You can also complete this information when you arrive for your initial appointment if you wish. In that case, you should plan to arrive about 15 minutes early to give yourself enough time to complete the information in our waiting room before your appointment starts.
When you arrive for your first appointment, check in with our office manager so she can let us know that you have arrived and which therapist you are scheduled to see.
You will meet with your therapist in a private confidential office setting where you can talk about anything you wish. At the beginning of our first meeting we will need to spend a few minutes discussing confidentiality, fees, and disclosure and consent issues. Once those matters are out of the way, we will want to know about what brings you to counseling. We will also want to know what expectations you have for this counseling as well as any concerns you may have.
During your first meeting we will explore with your history to get a sense of your background, current circumstances, significant events in your life, and what you see as your strengths and weaknesses. We will spend quite a bit of time talking about the challenges that you are currently facing and want counseling help with.
If you have any additional questions about therapy or our Denver counseling center, please contact us at (303) 843-6000