You Ask - I Answer
The therapeutic relationship is essential in therapy, therefore it is important your questions are answered and you have enough knowledge to know if you and your therapist will be the right fit.
Here are some answers to commonly asked questions. If you have any additional questions feel free to send them my way.
How long does each therapy session take?
Weekly therapy sessions typically last around 45-50 minutes with a few minutes spent afterwards for scheduling the next counseling appointment.
For child or teen sessions, the child client will meet with the therapist individually for most of the session. A few minutes at the beginning or end of the therapy session may be used to speak with the parent and schedule the next session.
How much does a session cost?
Calm Centered Counseling, LLC charges $120 per session and is out of network network with insurance companies. A Superbill may be provided to you upon request so that you can submit the claim to your insurance company for possible reimbursement. A mental health diagnosis may be required for insurance reimbursement. For an easy way to submit your claim to your insurance and get reimbursed quickly according to your insurance plan, try the Reimbursify app.
A limited number of sliding scale reduced fee therapy appointments are available to those who need it. I also work with Open Path Collective for a limited amount of reduced fee agreements for those who are members. If a reduced fee counseling rate is needed, contact Calm Centered Counseling to fill out an income-based reduced fee assessment.
How do I prepare for the first session?
Client's should contact Calm Centered Counseling by phone or email to discuss services and if they will be the right fit. Free 15 minute consult calls can be arranged if desired.
When ready to start counseling, Calm Centered Counseling will send you a link to set up an account in the client portal where you will accept terms, agree to consent forms, and fill out intake information to get a better idea of who you are and what is bringing you or your child to counseling. After the therapist reviews this information you can schedule the first appointment! You may do so by contacting the therapist or by scheduling online through the portal calendar. For children and teens, the first appointment may be completed with the parent.
It is recommended that you test out your device through the platform once you have access to make sure your video, audio, sound, and internet connection will be successful for teletherapy sessions.
You will get a link to the client portal in your email. You can also find the link to enter your email address to access the portal here: https://calmcenteredcounseling.clientsecure.me
How can I contact Calm Centered Counseling?
You can reach me through email at Jenna@CalmCenteredCounseling.com or send a message through the website with a way to reach you. You may also reach me by calling (502)-430-2256. If you reach voicemail please leave a message including a way to get back to you and I will contact you during business hours as soon as I am available.
What types of problems do you help people with?
I have provided psychotherapy to clients in-person and through telehealth dealing with a variety of challenges and mental health conditions. My main areas of focus include depression, anxiety, stress, changes and transitions, and the needs of highly sensitive people/ highly sensitive children/ sensory processing sensitivity. In children, I use play therapy to help kids who have experienced trauma and loss, have difficulties with school and/or peers, and have anxiety, anger, or depression. Play therapy is used to help kids express themselves in the most comfortable way for them to communicate and learn.
I have worked with kids in schools along with teachers, parents, and grandparents facing the challenges of parenting kids with additional emotional and behavioral needs. As a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) I have used experiential therapies and creative techniques with young children, teens, and adults to help them work through trauma as well as communicate and process events and emotions in ways that are most effective for them.
I have worked with those who have experienced strong emotions, physical and emotional trauma, high sensitivity, loss, pain, uncertainty, relationship problems, financial struggles, and major life changes. I have helped people to talk through everyday difficulties, manage stress, problem solve, and make decisions about their future. I like to help people improve communication, explore their identities, feel heard, find their confidence, and take steps to make life changes to live the life they want to live. In children, this is done so through art and play.
What therapy techniques do you use?
I am flexible and like to use aspects of several counseling methods as needed. My go-to techniques comes from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Gestalt Therapy, Jungian Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, Art, Sand Tray Therapy and Non-Directive Play Therapy.
Especially when in an office setting (not currently available), I like to use creative, artistic, playful, and mindful approaches when it benefits clients in order to be able to fully express themselves and explore their emotions and challenges, past and present. This can include mindfulness activities, guided imagery, drawing, painting, using sand trays, or incorporating music. Other times, I may provide information and techniques to help you manage stress, anxiety, anger, depression, painful past memories, uncertainty, communication, or other difficulties.
Do you prescribe medication?
While I am a licensed therapist, I am not a psychiatrist or medical doctor so I cannot provide medication. I can help you talk through your thoughts on taking medication for mental health conditions. I may also be able to help refer you to a doctor who may be able to prescribe medication for mental health conditions if needed.
Where do I go for sessions?
I have previously been located in St. Charles, Missouri (part of the St. Louis area) and am currently located in The Woodlands, Texas (part of the Houston area). I will soon be moving locations to Evansville, Indiana. However, you can be located anywhere in the states of Missouri, Texas, or Indiana (Indiana counseling coming soon).
All therapy is provided online. This means you don't have to go anywhere and can stay in the comfort of your own home while doing therapy! You will need reliable internet connection or phone service and a private, comfortable place to hold sessions. You will need to be located in Missouri or Texas at the time of the counseling session due to state social work licensing regulations. I will be taking clients located in Indiana soon.
What are the benefits of Online Counseling?
There are so many!
It has been researched to show virtual therapy is just as effective as in-person therapy (Here is one study that shows this: Hilty, Ferrer, Parish, Johnston, Callahan & Yellowlees. (2013). The effectiveness of telemental health: A 2013 review. Telemedicine Journal and e-Health, 19, 444–454.)
It can be more convenient. It is easily accessible. You do not have to sit in traffic or find your way to an office, also reducing travel time needed for appointments. You can take less time off of work, school, or away from family, or fit the session in during work or school breaks. You can stay home and have session if you or your kids are sick. You have more flexibility for scheduling sessions.
You can create your own comfort and privacy, which reduces anxiety and stigma.
You can show more of your life to your therapist which helps them get to know you and your strengths and challenges. You can show them things you like in your home, your pets, and practice coping skills with the tools you have and will use at home.
You have access to more therapists since you can choose anyone licensed in your state, not just those near you. You do not have to be located in The Woodlands or parts of Houston, Texas to work with me, and can be located in Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth, Corpus Christi, El Paso, Amarillo, or anywhere in Texas. You can be located in St. Louis, Wentzville, St. Charles, Clayton, Hannibal, Kansas City, Columbia, or anywhere in Missouri and work with me. You can be located in Evansville, Indiana or in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Bloomington, Terre Haute, or anywhere in Indiana.
Are you taking new clients?
Yes! There is no waitlist at this time. New client therapy appointments can be scheduled soon for those located in Texas, Missouri, or Indiana. Contact Calm Centered Counseling now at (502) 430- CALM to schedule your first session.