FAQ

What insurance do you take?

Magnolia Counseling and Wellness has therapists on panels for:  Blue Cross Blue Shield,  Humana, Aetna, Magellan, Tri- Care, and Wellcare.  We also take the following EAP: Compsych, E4 Health, and Blue Cross. We ask that clients contact their insurance company prior to their first appointment in order to find out what their copay is, how many sessions are allowed per year and to obtain an authorization code if necessary.  If you have insurance with a provider not listed above, or are working with a therapist who does not accept insurance, you can call your insurance company and ask what your benefits are for outpatient therapy with an out of network provider.  Magnolia Counseling and Wellness Associates will provide you with paperwork at the end of each session that you can then file directly with your insurance company for reimbursement.

What do you charge?

The standard fee is $100/hour.    There is a 24-hour cancellation policy to avoid a session charge.

Will you consider a lower fee?

Yes, please discuss this with your therapist before your first appointment.

What form of payment do you accept?

We accept cash, checks, health savings account cards and credit cards (mastercard American Express, and visa).

Can you prescribe medicine?

Our therapists do not have a license to prescribe medication. They can, however, consult with your primary physician or psychiatrist or refer you to a psychiatrist if there is a need.

How often do we meet?

We recommend for almost all clients that we meet weekly to begin with and then we may choose to decrease frequency with time. We can discuss this for your personal situation and goals.

How long is a session?

60 minutes unless your insurance company deems otherwise

What can I expect during the initial appointment?

We will initially ask why you have decided to come to therapy, what you are hoping to work through and what your goals are for our work together.  We will also ask for some information about your family in the form of a genogram which is like a family tree.  This will help your therapist to get to know you better and to have a greater understanding of the influences in your life.  Your therapist will ask you if you have any questions for them and then the two of you will decide how to move forward.

How can I get the most out of Psychotherapy?

From Leonard Holmes, Ph.D:

As a patient or client, most of what happens in therapy depends on you. You are hiring your therapist to help you change things in your life. It is important to be completely honest with your therapist. He or she can’t help you if you withhold important information. Take some time after the session to review what was said and to think about how to act on it. A therapy session usually lasts under an hour, but you have many more hours in the week to follow-up on what was said. Be sure to do any homework that you were asked to do. Not all therapists assign tasks to do between sessions, but when they are assigned they are important to the process.

Pay attention to your emotions between sessions. Let your therapist about any patterns that you notice, especially anything out of the ordinary.  Write things down and take them to the session if you need to. Psychotherapy is a partnership. It will be more effective if you are an active partner