Life Care Counseling, LLC – Frequently Asked Questions
Do you offer free phone consultation?
Yes, you can call, email, or text for a free consultation to connect you with resources or set up a counseling appointment.
How long does a counseling session last?
Sessions last 50 minutes.
How many sessions does it typically take to work through an issue?
The number of sessions varies greatly depending on the issue. Typically, it can be anywhere between 6 and 50 sessions. Another factor is time in between sessions, for example seeing a counselor once a month will have slower progress than once a week for most cases.
What kinds of payment do you accept?
We accept all cash, checks, health care savings accounts, and credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express). Payment is collected at the end of the session
What is the cost of a session?
It is $100.00 per session.
Do you take insurance?
No, we do not. However, we can give you a bill to submit to insurance for reimbursement for your fee, they normally apply this to your deductible. This method keeps the insurance company from directing and having control over your treatment.
What should you consider when using insurance for mental health?
When you use insurance to pay for mental health, the insurance company gets to decide what type of treatment and how many sessions you get based on their standards rather than what may be best for you. Some have experienced higher healthcare premiums due to insurance requiring you to be diagnosed with a mental health disorder to receive treatment. Also, those that pay for their counseling normally experience better results due to having more financial investment in counseling. This is not to dissuade you from using insurance or finding a counselor that takes insurance, solely information for you to consider while making your decision.
When is the best time to call to schedule an appointment?
Any time, if there is no answer leave a message and your call will be returned that day.
Where is Life Care Counseling located?
2211 S Brentwood Blvd. Brentwood, MO 63144.
Is counseling cost effective?
We would say yes due to many supportive research studies. Individuals that have fewer mental health or relational issues have many benefits including earning more, have higher life satisfaction, and spend less money on medical related expenses over their lifetime. Overall, yes, counseling is cost effective if you are willing to invest in spending money now to save money over your lifetime. Depending on the research your read about public health, anywhere from 70-90% of medical issues can be reduced or eliminated by improving mental health.
What is the difference between counseling, therapy, and psychotherapy?
There is no difference and the terms can be used interchangeably when discussing mental health treatment.
What qualifications do you have?
I have a Masters in Professional Counseling from Lindenwood University, and I am a Certified Reciprocal Alcohol and Drug Counselor. These license and certifications allow me to operate in the state of Missouri as a licensed professional in assisting those with mental health related issues.
Does counseling work?
This is by far our most asked question, especially with marriage counseling, and the answer is yes. For counseling to work you must put forth effort and make changes. The only time counseling does not work is when a person hopes that venting about their challenges will make them better. Only making the changes and pushing forward will yield the results you desire.
Who will know about our counseling sessions?
Similar to a doctor’s office, only those you consent to on the release form will know about the sessions. Your confidentiality is important to us, and we will always make that a priority. Another reason we do not accept insurance is that insurance companies can legally demand we break your confidentiality to provide them with information about sessions.
What is Life Care Counseling, LLC?
Life Care Counseling is a locally owned business that me, Craig Foust, and my wife run to provide counseling services for individuals and couples. We are not a chain of mental health providers and are not affiliated with any doctor’s offices or insurance companies. This allows us the freedom to provide services as we see fit and a better ability to keep your information confidential.
When I use your contact form, is my information secure?
Yes, we take many precautions to protect your information and information about your situation. We have a secure website with a private server. Our email is also encrypted.