Personal counseling

We take a collaborative, women-friendly approach to counseling, which means that we believe you are the expert of your own life. Your therapist will work with you to identify what you want to accomplish.

We are offering tele-therapy by phone or video during the COVID-19 crisis. We want to make things as easy and safe as possible. We also understand that not everybody feels safe at home, or has privacy or the childcare or eldercare that they need. Give us a call or fill out the online sign-up form, and we will get back to you.

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We have two options for counseling: Sliding-fee, which is based on ability to pay; and Room to Talk, which is covered by health insurance. Insurance may be commercial (e.g., Blue Cross/Blue Shield or Blue Care Network) or public (e.g., Medicare and Medicaid).

 

Read on to learn which option is right for you.

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Sliding-fee therapy

Each 50-minute session is based on a sliding-fee scale, according to your household income.

Many people don’t have enough income or health insurance to cover personal counseling. We want to change that. Our goal is to make therapy accessible for everyone. Women’s Center’s suggested fees range from $55 down to $20 (or less). Together we will come up with an amount that you can manage from week to week.

Who is it for? Sliding-fee therapy is for individuals who have reached the end of authorized sessions; have not met their deductible; cannot afford their co-pay; are between insurances; or are looking for that extra layer of confidentiality that being off the insurance grid allows.

Room to Talk therapy

Our Room to Talk multi-specialty practice, which shares The Women’s Center’s space and philosophy, accepts a variety of health insurances.

Rates for counseling in our area range from $110/session for a masters-level counselor or social worker to $250 per session for a psychiatrist (a medical doctor with additional training in pharmacology and mental health).

Your insurance covers part of this fee, after you have paid a certain amount towards your health care in a calendar year. [Note: If you have Medicaid, these out-of-pocket fees are often not required.]

With your permission, we can check your insurance ahead of time and let you know how much each session will cost.

Therapist shopping

Is it ok for me to "shop around" for the right therapist?

You’ve decided to try therapy. Is it okay to shop around?

Absolutely. In fact, we recommend it.

The therapist’s personality and approach need to be the right match for you.

Therapists come in all colors, ages, approaches, and education levels. Your licensed professional counselor, social worker, psychologist, or psychiatrist may have an impressive string of letters after their name. But “more” is not necessarily better. Sometimes, it’s just more expensive.

Tell the potential therapist that you’re checking around. It should be possible to ask a few questions over the phone:

  • “How much do you charge per hour?”
  • “Could you describe your approach?”
  • “How do you measure success?”

You need a therapist you feel safe and comfortable with. If you aren’t feeling it after 3-6 sessions, it’s time to move on.

A good therapist understands that she cannot be all things to all people. She may even recommend someone who might be a better fit.

In addition to consulting friends or Google for recommendations, you may also search by insurance, therapist name or specialty using the Michigan Mental Health Networker online database.

Therapy is a partnership. Like any good partnership, trust must be present and the “chemistry” has to be right.

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