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1. Do you take insurance?
A. We are considered an out of network provider. We are strictly private pay to ensure your confidentiality. We accept Checks, Cash, and Credit Cards.
2. What is the distinction of different Mental Health Professionals?
A. There are many types of mental health professionals. The variety of providers, services offered, and fees suggested can be confusing. Each have various levels of eduction, training, and may have different areas of expertise. Answers given here are meant to give the reader a brief review to help aid their understanding. For further definitions please visit: ww2.doh.state.fl.us/mqa
Registered Intern for Mental Health, Social Work, or Marriage and Family: These individuals have completed their graduate course work requirements and, according to Florida law, to receive their licensure, must be supervised for a minimum of 1,500 client contact hours and 100 hours of meeting with their Qualified Supervisor.
Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT): These providers have completed their graduate course work requirements, been supervised for a minimum of 100 weeks, AND passed the clinical National Test. Licensed in the State of Florida.
Psychologist: PhD or PsyD in Psychology; requiring 5-7 years of graduate study, work experience, and exams. Provide counseling and assessments, tests. May or may not be Licensed in the state of Florida. Many different types, falling into one of three categories; Applied Psychologists, Research Psychologists, and Mental Health Psychologists.
Psychiatrist: MD with a emphasis on diagnosing and treating mental disorders. May prescribe medication.
3. Can you prescribe medication?
A. Licensed clinicians, nor Psychologists are able to prescribe medication, in the state of Florida. However, the clinicians at A Better You Counseling do work with physicians that do prescribe medication.
4. Do I have to be on Medication for my treatment to work?
A. NO! There are times when we need to make adjustments and simply have a support system. That being said, there are other times when medication can be helpful, even short term, to balance the internal chemicals while in the work of counseling. Each treatment is individualized, so there is not one answer for medication that will address everyone. If your Counselor and you determine that you would benefit from medication as an integrative approach to your mental health wellness, then it may become an option. YOU will always have a voice and have the final say on the likelihood of medication in your therapy.
5. What kind of Diagnosis will I receive?
A. Not everyone meets the requirements to receive a diagnosis. Your counselor will make an evaluation and set of goals based on the honest feedback that you give to them. If there is a diagnosis given, it will be explained what it is and steps in treatment. You will be 100% involved in your goals, objectives, and outcome.
6. Is what I tell you confidential?
A. In order for treatment to be successful, it requires trust; and typically at a point when someone feels the most vulnerable. A Better You Counseling Center provides each client with a written copy of our confidential disclosure agreement, and then it is discussed to make sure all parties understand the expectations. You can expect that what you share in session is not to be shared with anyone else without your written permission. (Sometimes this includes a school personal, a relative, or health care provider.) However, the State of Florida’s law and professional ethics require that clinicians must report IF (1) a client tells the counselor that they are seriously in danger of harming themselves or someone else; are being abused (if minor); or are abusing and minor or elderly person.
7. How long will I have to wait for my first appointment?
A. You will be able to begin counseling within 7 days of making an appointment request.
8. Can anyone participate in Walk & Talk therapy?
A. Most people can participate in Walk & talk therapy, as long as there are no medical reasons that may prevent you from walking. As with any form of exercise, you could consult your doctor before starting.
9. Is Walk & Talk Therapy a cardio workout?
A. The emphasis during Walk & Talk therapy is on the therapy, the walking is a secondary benefit. The speed of the walking would be determined by you and it should usually be in a conversational pace.