FAQs About Counseling
Reaching out to a therapist can be a bit intimidating and scary. Below I’ve tried to address some frequently asked questions that people have when considering beginning a counseling relationship with me.
- Q: What should I expect in the first session?
A: The format of the first session varies depending on the type of counseling (child, teen, individual, couple), but generally I’m striving to hear you and understand the nature of the issues that brought you to counseling. It’s also a time for you to determine if I’m a good fit for you and/or your family.
- Q: Do you take insurance?
A: I’m considered an out-of-network provider and therefore am not on any insurance panels. Clients pay me the session fee and, if requested, I provide a superbill. A superbill is a document that you would attach to your claim form when filing for reimbursement from your own insurance company (if you choose to do so). Insurance coverage varies widely; I recommend that you review your benefits to determine your expected reimbursement.
- Q: Is counseling confidential?
A: Yes, confidentiality is arguably the highest value within the Counseling profession. Everything shared in sessions is confidential. When working with children and teens, confidentiality is balanced with involvement of parents. This is something I discuss in detail with parents and teens when starting therapy.
- Q: What does LPC or RPT stand for?
A: LPC stands for Licensed Professional Counselor. RPT stands for Registered Play Therapist. The RPT credential indicates I have special training and experience in utilizing play and expressive means in my work with children.
- Q: What are your fees?
A: For individual adults, teens, and children, my rate is $175 per session. Because of the special training and added complexity involved in couples’ work, my rate is $190 for couples (this rate also applies when doing individual sessions are part of working with couples). I accept all major forms of payment, including all credit card types (HSAs included).
- Q: How long does counseling take?
A: The answer really depends on the issue(s) that brings you in to counseling. Some clients will feel resolution in a few months, whereas others elect to stay in counseling for months and even years to treat long-standing issues. I encourage clients to talk to me about their concerns of the pacing of therapy as we go along so we can make adjustments along the way.
- Q: How long is a counseling session?
A: Talk therapy sessions are 50 minutes in length. Play therapy sessions are 45 minutes.
STEPS TO HEALING
What To Expect When We Work Together
Once you decide to begin counseling, you'll fill out the initial paperwork securely using the client portal. We will meet and begin the therapeutic counseling journey together.
Through your counseling sessions, you will start working on your healing -- experiencing shifts, progress, and relief as you go.
What Fellow Clinicians That Know My Work Have Said About Me
Dr. Maggie Walsh, LPC, RPT
I have had the pleasure of collaborating with Brent to support many shared clients throughout the years. He is very intentional in his clinical practice and works exceptionally hard to serve his clients. Shared clients have described Brent as warm, caring, knowledgeable and helpful.
Marty Altman, LPC
As a fellow counselor, I know that Brent Sweitzer does high quality work and serves his clients very well. He is insightful, caring, and encouraging and not afraid to be honest when needed. He is very experienced, trained by some of the best possible teachers, and he has honed his skills well through years of practicing. I would trust him to treat my own family members.