Where Do I Begin With Counseling?
Whether it’s for a marriage, adult, student or teen, for counseling to be effective, the right fit between counselor and client is crucial. If you’ve already been referred to one of our counselors by another professional or personal referral, please contact him or her directly. If not, please contact Julie Menanno, clinical supervisor of Bozeman Therapy & Counseling, and she’ll be able to match you with the counselor who best fits your needs.
What Should I Expect from Counseling?
The first counseling session will be devoted to gathering information, discussing what brings you to counseling, and learning about how your counselor works. From there, over the next couple of sessions, your counselor will decide the best course of action and will work with you to create treatment goals.
During the first session of couples’ counseling, we’ll learn about your relationship from each of your perspectives, and your goals for couples counseling. We’ll also do an exercise to help you experience how Emotion Focused Couples counseling will work on an ongoing basis. For more information about EFT see our couples counseling page, or visit ICEEFT.com. This will help you and your partner decide if EFT feels like a good fit.
How Often Should I Come to Counseling?
For individual counseling, weekly sessions are important at first. This allows the counseling to gain momentum. After a period of time, it may be possible to reduce session frequency. This is, of course, something that will be an on-going conversation between you and your counselor.
For couples, you’ll want to commit to weekly sessions in order to gain the most benefit, most efficiently, from the counseling. Your counselor will be able to determine when it’s appropriate for your sessions to be reduced to twice a month, then once a month, until the couples counseling is fully complete and your relationship is where you want it to be.
How Long Do Counseling Sessions Last?
The standard length of time for individual counseling sessions is 5o minutes. Sometimes sessions are longer for clients who travel and can’t meet on a regular basis.
For couples, sessions are at least 50 minutes. Couples counseling moves much more quickly when we’re able to meet for 1 hour 15 min, or 1 hour 40 min sessions, when schedules allow.
How Long Will Counseling Take?
This is a difficult question to answer for any counselor since each client is a different, has different problems, and has different goals. Broadly speaking, you should devote at least 6 months to weekly counseling sessions.
For couples counseling, our experience is that 30–50 sessions is a good estimate. For some couples less, for others more.
How Much Does Counseling Cost?
We are in-network providers for BCBS, Pacific Source, and Aetna.
Individual and couples counseling sessions are priced by the hour (50 minutes), and are determined by the experience and training level of each counselor.
Julie Menanno MA, LMFT, LCPC
Couples Counseling, $200 per hour
Emily Cohan MS, PCLC:
Individual Counseling, $150 per hour
Couples Counseling: $150 per hour, sliding scale available
Ian Anderson MS, PCLC:
Individual Counseling, $150 per hour
Couples Counseling, $150 per hour, sliding scale available
Out of Network Insurance
If you have out-of-network insurance coverage, we’ll provide you with a super-bill (medical receipt) that can be submitted to your insurance company for reimbursement.
Reimbursement rates are determined by your insurance policy and can be subject to a deductible. You’ll need to contact your insurance company’s behavioral health department directly for more information.
What if I Need to Cancel My Session?
To protect your counselor’s time, if you cancel within 24 hours of your session, we’ll need to charge you for the full amount of the session. Please note that your insurance won’t pay for cancelled sessions, so you’ll be responsible for the full fee out-of-pocket.
If you’re able to reschedule your appointment during the same week, you will not be charged for the missed appointment. However, we can’t guarantee there will be space available on our schedules to do so.
We provide exceptions to this policy the first time you cancel within 24 hours, for your own or your child’s illness, and in case of emergency.
To protect your time, if your counselor needs to cancel your session outside of the 24 hour window (with the same exceptions above), we will not charge you for your next session.