Frequently Asked Qustions
How do I set up an appointment at the Mount Vernon Counseling Center?
What happens during a counseling session at Mount Vernon Counseling Center?
What are your office hours?
What are your fees?
Our fees range from $180 to $325 per session, depending on which professional you see and how long your appointment time is. All fees are due in full at the time of service. We accept all major credit cards, HSA, checks, and cash. If you would like to keep a credit card on file, you may do so; however, it is the patient’s responsibility to inform us of any change in credit card information (such as expiration date, etc.), to avoid declined charges. Any returned check fees are also the responsibility of the patient.
Do you take insurance?
What is your cancellation policy?
Will I need to take medications?
Many mental health issues can be successfully treated without the use of medications. However consulting a counselor for psychotherapy does not necessarily mean you will need to take medications. You need to keep your counselor informed of the medications you’re already taking. When there’s agreement between you and your counselor that medication should be taken, the counselor will discuss best referral options with you. For any medication prescriptions a psychiatrist will have to be consulted.
What are the different types of mental health professionals?
There are many types of mental health professionals. Finding the right one for you may require some research. We’ve listed some examples here. There are mental health professionals who can provide psychological assessments and therapy such as a clinical psychologist.
There are also another set of mental health professionals who can provide counseling with proper training and assessments. This may include Individual and Marital Counselor, Substance Abuse Counselor and Therapists.In addition there are mental health professionals who can prescribe medication. These include Psychiatrists or Child/Adolescent Psychiatrists.Check Mount Vernon Center’s well experienced team of mental health professionals here .
If I think my friend needs help, how do I get him/her to come in and see a counselor?
It can be very difficult when someone you care about is suffering. You will find yourself feeling helpless, frightened or angry. Find more details about how you can support them here It can be very hard to make a person seek help if they don’t want to or don’t feel they need it, and counseling with an unwilling client is usually not very effective.
Why would someone with mental illness need to have a routine?
Having a mental disorder can interrupt a person’s life in many ways such as his ability to focus and complete certain tasks. Therefore having a productive daily routine can support to normalize that person’s day to day activities which can ultimately result in greater satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment.
Can counseling save my marriage?
A couple should know that whether or not a marriage can be saved lies in a variety of considerations that the two individuals in the marriage bring to counseling. Marriage can have ups and downs and marriage therapy involves hard work, and determination from the couple to make things work. It also takes a skilled therapist to help manage the crisis to make sure that the couple don’t make a bigger mess than what has already been made.
Are counseling and therapy sessions confidential?
In almost all instances, counseling and therapy sessions are absolutely confidential. Confidentiality is a key part of psychology’s code of ethics. Your counselor/therapist is required to maintain confidentiality about everything said in sessions between the two of you. At our center, your counselor will understand that in order for you to feel comfortable sharing openly with them, you need to know your information is safe. Always talk to your therapist before the session and come to a confidentiality agreement between the two of you.