Commonly asked questions regarding counseling services and therapy at WellMind Therapy Associates, LLC serving Spokane and the surrounding areas.
We understand, taking the first step toward healing through effective counseling can be exciting but also unsettling for some people. Our promise to you is that we will respect your confidentiality and treat you and your family with the dignity you deserve and expect.
What are your counselors’ qualifications and credentials?
Therapists providing services at WellMind Therapy Associates, LLC are professionally trained as: Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate, Mental Health Professional, and have received extensive training in all matters related to systemic, marriage and family therapy. Our therapists are also licensed through the City of Spokane.
What can I expect from therapy?
Sessions last about 50 minutes and generally occur about once a week to start, although this depends on what is best for you and the therapist you see.
You can decide in the first few sessions whether the therapist you see is a good fit for you.
If, after two or three sessions, you do not feel comfortable or you don’t feel you have a good working relationship with your therapist, it may be best to try someone else. This would be the time to discuss referrals with your therapist to ensure you are getting the best fit for your individual therapy needs.
A good therapist will work with you to develop goals. She will guide and support you, but also challenge you when are ready to be challenged. You should always feel comfortable and be able to talk honestly with your therapist.
A great resource to check out is on Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/two-takes-depression/201301/what-expect-in-psychotherapy
What are the risks and benefits of therapy?
Although therapy offers benefits, it also presents possible risks. Such risks might include feelings, which are uncomfortable such as: discomfort, sadness, guilt, anxiety, anger and frustrations. You could actually feel worse as we begin to work on sensitive areas of your life or recall unpleasant memories. These feelings could possibly affect life outside the counseling office.
Benefits may include such things as gaining insight into your problems, developing coping skills and resources, and changing yourself so that participating in life’s daily activities generally becomes a more positive experience.
You have the right to end the therapeutic relationship at any time and we will endeavor to make my services available to you in the future if warranted.
You are the expert on your life and our goal is to create a safe space where we can create a healthy therapeutic relationship and facilitate an atmosphere for change.
Do you offer an initial consultation prior to starting therapy?
Yes! Our team of therapists would be happy to speak with you over the phone or in-person prior to scheduling your first session.
* This consultation is provided to ensure you are placed with the right therapist for your individual and unique therapy needs.
* Consultations are only allotted for 30 minutes and are free of charge. Should the consultation run longer than 30 minutes then the full session charge may apply.
* Consultations are designed to go over intake forms, professional disclosure, and payment options. This is also a time to see if you "like" the therapist and ensure your concerns correlate to their experience and background.
What should you bring to the first session?
Just come to session with an open mind and open heart. Please arrive 15 minutes early to complete intake paperwork and process payment. Payment is required prior to each session start time (or upon completion - ask your therapist their preference).
What issues can be addressed in therapy?
Therapy can address a variety of issues (including but not limited to):
Depression and postpartum depression
Trauma (abuse and PTSD)
Each therapist specializes in different issues and utilizes different modalities of treatment so please discuss with your therapist regarding their experiences and specializations.
A good resource for common issues in therapy: https://www.goodtherapy.org/learn-about-therapy/issues
What are your hours and price range?
All clinical sessions are by appointment only—please call in advance or visit your therapist biography page for scheduling availability.
Office hours are from 8:00am to 8:00pm (Mon. – Fri.) and (Sat. – Sun.) by appointment ONLY.
Price ranges vary slightly between therapist but average prices are from $90-$135 depending on whether you are seeking individual, couples/marriage, or family therapy. Please contact your desired therapist for specific pricing, discounts, and availability of sliding scale fees.
Do you accept insurance?
Our therapists currently accept the following WA state (Medicaid/Apple Health) insurances: Amerigroup, Community Health Plan WA (CHPW), Coordinated Care, Ambetter, and Molina. We are accepting new clients.
Each therapist offers different payment options which could include: credit/debit card, paypal (or like option), check, cash and even options such as Square payments.
Majority of our therapists offer a sliding scale that allows clients to pay only what they feel they can afford. The details of sliding scale options would need to be discussed with your therapist, as this is a separate agreement between you and them.
We can also provide a form and receipt for out of network (OON) services that allow clients to apply for potential reimbursement from your insurance company for services received. Checking with your insurance provider about what their reimbursement rate is would be extremely beneficial when discussing payment options with your therapist.