Frequently Asked Questions
Does my health insurance reimburse me for your fees when I pay out of pocket?
Several health insurance companies reimburse services by "out of network" providers as long as it is provided by a licensed professional in the state of Georgia. Before scheduling an appointment, call your insurance company to inquire if your type of plan provides for reimbursement for “out of network” providers. The three licenses available are Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). If your plan does provide reimbursement, we will be happy to provide you with the necessary documentation to submit to your insurance company.
Downside of using insurance to pay for your therapy is that every claim must include a diagnosis putting your mental health into the medical model of “disease” and “treatment”. This “disease” is one that will be included in a paper trail that will follow you for several years. Several insurance companies have chosen to increase premiums due to even the most benign mental health diagnosis. So consider the short term savings of using your insurance with the long term loss of paying, in some cases, more than double your monthly premium for insurance in the years to come.
What is Christian counseling?
We at ACPC recognize Christian counseling as a unique form of Christian discipleship, assisting the church in its call to bring believers to maturity in the lifelong process of sanctification and growing to maturity in Christ. We adhere to the ethical codes set forth by the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) and the American Counselors Association (ACA).
Link to AACC Code of Ethics
Link to ACA Code of Ethics
What do the letters mean at the end of the counselor’s name?
Often a counselor will list the initials of the type of education they have received, such as MS for Master’s of Science in Counseling. Next they will list the first letters of the type of licensure they have, for example, LPC, which is a licensed professional counselor. Licensed counselors have met the requirements of the state licensing board in which they practice in order to be licensed as a counselor. That reassures you that they have at least a Master’s degree which includes 1000 hours of supervision during their master’s program. In addition, the state requires two years of post-master’s supervision and passing a national counseling exam. Licensed counselors are also required to maintain a certain number of hours in continuing education.
What are your typical fees?
Fees vary depending on the counselor’s credentials, experience and length of session. Initial sessions are charged a 90 minute fee to allow for the initial intake and treatment summary planning after session. Typically our counselors’ fees are $110.00 for a 50 minute session.
What do I need to bring with me on my first visit?
How long does therapy last?
Each individual session typically lasts 50 minutes, although your therapist may sometimes recommend a longer or shorter session. Frequency of sessions (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, etc.) will be decided by you and your therapist. The length of therapy varies with each client depending on his/her needs and therapeutic goals.
How can I pay for services?
Payment is due prior to each session. Schedule and prepay for 10 sessions in advance and receive a 10% discount.
We accept VISA, MasterCard or Discover. We do require a valid debit/credit card be kept on record.