Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I pay privately for therapy or do I need to use insurance?
A: Yes, you can pay privately. Your insurance provider does not need to know that you are attending therapy sessions.
Q: Are my therapy sessions confidential?
A: Your therapy and life coaching sessions are confidential. However, as a mandated reporter, if you threaten to harm or endanger yourself or others or if abuse or neglect is reported, therapists must report this to the police and the adequate agencies like Child Protective Services or Adult Protective Services.
Q: How long does therapy last?
A: Each therapy session is 50-55 minutes (the therapeutic hour) but can last longer if scheduled and billed as such. Overall length of therapy can last anywhere between 3 months to 2 years. It really depends on the reason for therapy and the support the individual may need. There are no cookie cutter sessions. Length can always be discussed with your therapist.
Q: From the time I sign up, how long does it take to get connected to a therapist?
A: You can book an appt with your therapist online through the website for the first available appt. Booking is available 24/7. See office hours to get an idea of possible hours of availability. Don’t see what you need? Send a message in the chat for other personalized needs.
Q: Is online therapy as good as in person therapy?
A: Research has shown that online therapy is just as effective as in-person therapy. However, severe therapeutic issues are better addressed face to face. Your therapist will help you decide what’s best for you in the free consultation.
Q: What’s the difference between therapy and life coaching with LP Counseling & Therapy Services?
A: Therapy is only offered to residents of Maryland, West Virginia and Ohio because these are the states where our clinician is licensed. Therapy may be covered by your insurance. Life coaching can be offered to anyone living in the US or other countries in English. Life coaching is typically not a covered benefit of private insurance.
Q: Are sessions available for teens?
A: Yes! Therapy and life coaching are both available for teens. Therapy sessions for teens may be covered by your health insurance plan.
Q: If I sign up for therapy, do I need to take medications?
A: No. Therapy can be provided to you without the requirement of taking medications. However, your therapist may refer you to a Psychiatrist as needed and this will be discussed with you during your session.
Q: Can my therapist complete healthcare paperwork?
A: Yes depending on the forms. Please consult your therapist directly to ensure the medical credentials needed for the paperwork can be met by those credentials held by the therapist.
Q: Why am I billed for sessions before hand?
A: All private pay sessions are billed before an appointment can be scheduled. If an appointment needs to be canceled or rescheduled 24 hours in advance, that can be done and payment will be transferred to new appt date.
Q: What is the cost of therapy sessions?
A: Individual therapy sessions range from $125-$150 for assessments and consequent therapy sessions. Inquire within.
Q: What if I need a phone session? Can therapy be conducted over a phone call?
A: Yes, therapy can be provided over a phone call or FaceTime but be reminded that phone sessions are not covered by Carefirst insurance and sessions may not be confidential as phone calls are not encrypted.
Q: How do I end therapy?
A: Discuss your anticipated end date with your therapist. Your therapist may disagree but your sessions and how they are managed are determined by you. Do not feel bad if the therapy relationship does not work. Your therapist may not be a great fit and that is no one’s fault, but it can happen.
Q: Is couples therapy provided?
A: Yes. Couples counseling is not covered by any insurance currently. Only individual or family therapy is covered by insurance.
Q: What is the cost of couples counseling?
A: Couples therapy is $150-$200/session for assessment and consequent sessions. If couples choose to use the Prepare-Enrich Couples program or Gottman Relationship Checkup (preferred program), couples will receive an invite to complete individually. Once the assessments have been paid for and completed, you can schedule a couples session using the Book Online tab above. Discuss details with your therapist as the assessment cost changes over time. (Assessment cost is a one-time fee at the start of sessions)
Q: How do we assess if couples counseling is a good fit for us?
A: Schedule a free 20-minute couple consultation to ask questions to assess fit with your therapist.
Q: What is the youngest age you will see?
A: As sessions are online, children will need to maintain attention during the video or phone session. That may be as young as 12 years old. However, this can be discussed with your therapist if your child is younger and you believe your child will be able to maintain attention. Shorter sessions are also available as needed.
Q: What do I need for a video session?
A: You need a laptop or smart device that has WiFi and a camera. Feel free to check your device’s ability to use doxyme.com. This is the name of the HIPAA-regulated online platform that may be used in sessions.
Q: Do you provide free therapy?
A: Pro bono therapy sessions are not available at this time. However, the Pro bono counseling project in Maryland May be able to connect you to a qualified therapist for free or a very low charge depending on your circumstance and need. You can reach them here: (410) 825-1001 LP Counseling & Therapy Services have provided free counseling services for years and recommend this group for qualified counseling services.
Q: How are therapy sessions billed?
A: Sessions are billed based on how it was discussed. They can be weekly or monthly and invoices can be sent via PayPal, CashApp, or directly from the therapy websites. Copays are collected via invoice sent online with itemized dated sessions with associating cost. If you add additional time to your session, the cost of that added time will be reflected on your invoice as well.
Q: Do you provide psychosocial assessments?
A: Yes, we provide psychosocial assessments needed for court or medical needs. Please inquire within.