Why do people seek counseling ?
People seek counseling for personal, family, relationship or work related problems. Some common areas for counseling is :
Addiction & Recovery, Anxiety, Child and Family Therapy, Career Counseling, Couples Therapy, Depression, Diversity (LGBTQ), Grief & Healing, Intimate Partner violence, Life Coaching & Personal Growth, Trauma & Recovery, Wellness, Weight Loss
What can I expect at a first session ?
Counseling, also referred to as talk therapy, is an opportunity to help identify and cope with difficult life circumstances or emotions. Research shows that counseling can provide significant reduction in feelings of distress and improved relationships.
Counseling can address and help reduce symptoms of Depression, Anxiety and Trauma. Using a variety of techniques, Counselors will use a therapy which best fits a clients characteristics and preferences. Some common types of therapy are cognitive, behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic or a combination of therapy styles. Therapy can be for an individual, couples, family or other group.
A Counselor's office provides a safe, confidential environment for exploring personal issues in such areas as trust, intimacy, anger, or assertiveness.
Does insurance cover Individual and/or Marriage Counseling?
Yes, as medically necessary we are an in-network provider for most insurance plans. Included is : Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, First Priority Health, First Priority Life, Highmark, Spectrum Administrators, Geisinger / United Behavioral Health/ Optum Health, Value Options. We are applying to accept the Access Card, but are not able to accept it currently.
Some insurances cover family and marital counseling. We will gladly check for you.
What if I don’t have insurance ?
The hour rate for individual/family counseling is $120. Please ask about sliding scale availability.
Do co-pays and deductibles apply ?
Yes. You may call our office and provide your information so that we can check any co-pay or deductible you have. Typically, what you pay at your primary care physician will be the same here.
Are sessions confidential ?
Yes. Confidentiality is a cornerstone in therapy to provide a safe and trusting environment. Exceptions to confidentiality will be discussed at your first session.
What are the qualifications of a Counselor ?
Counselors at CWCS are Pennsylvania Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. This includes obtaining a master's degree in counseling or social work from a nationally accredited school. Accredited counseling programs provide clinical or hands-on experience and coursework in human behavior and development, ethical practice, professional counseling strategies and other relevant subject areas including the etiology of mental illness and substance abuse disorders, and the provision of industry accepted treatments of interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral, and psychodynamic therapy. Counselors must pass the National Counselor Examination (NCE) or a comparable state-recognized competency examination, complete at least 3,000 hours of post-master's supervised clinical experience via an internship or residency program within two years of graduation. To maintain licensure periodic completion of continuing education credits/hours is also required. Counselors must have acceptance and adherance to a strict Code of Ethics and recognized standards of practice as set forth by the counselor licensure board for the state of practice.
1021 Moosic St. Scranton PA 18505 570-961-WELL (9355)