Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know you are the right therapist for me?
As you search for a therapist to meet your needs, it is important you find someone who you can connect with and trust. Therapy sessions give you an opportunity to explore challenges in great detail as we work together to create a plan for positive change.
What will happen the first session?
In your first session, your therapist will spend some time getting to know you and the issues that brought you into treatment. She may use a formal, structured interview, or it may just feel like a more free-flowing conversation. The therapist will ask questions about your presenting concerns, as well as your history and background. Most likely, you’ll find yourself talking about your current symptoms or struggles, as well saying a bit about your relationships, your interests, your strengths, and your goals.
Most importantly, in that first session, you will begin making a connection with your therapist. You should feel safe, accepted, respected, and relatively comfortable. Not all therapists are right for every person, so use your first session to assess whether or not the therapist you chose feels like a good match for your personality.
How long and frequent are sessions?
Sessions are typically 55 minutes once weekly or biweekly. Depending upon your particular situation and needs, we may meet more or less frequently. The duration of therapy really depends on your particular needs, it can range from three months to over a year. It is never mandatory to stay in therapy and it is your choice when to begin and end treatment.
Do you accept insurance and what are my payment options?
Payment can be either out-of-pocket or through your insurance plan. A few of the insurance companies I am paneled with are CBS, BCN, McLaren, PHP, Atena, and Priority Health. To determine coverage and reimbursement (for out-of-network), please contact your insurance company directly. I accept cash, check, and/or credit cards.
What about confidentiality?
Confidentiality is an extremely important component in the therapy process. It creates a safe and trusting environment when discussing difficult subjects. By law, I am not allowed to discuss any shared information with anyone else, without your consent. However, in certain situations, confidentiality between therapist and client is breached. State laws and professional ethics define the breach of confidentiality based on these common circumstances:
Danger to self or others:
All states allow a therapist to reveal the name of a client who is deemed a real and present danger to self (e.g., suicide) or others. The therapist is also required to warn or attempt to protect the person against whom the threats are being made.
Abuse of children, elderly, or mentally or physically handicapped:
A therapist is required to report credible knowledge of current or past abuse. This applies to situations in which the client is the one who was abused as well as to situations in which the client is the abuser.
Enriching Lives, Strengthening Relationships, Empowering Families
Spicer Counseling Services, PLLC
Monica Spicer, MA, LPC, NCC
Your Path to Wellness
1507 Waterford Parkway St. Johns, MI 48879
Serving the communities of St. Johns, 48879; DeWitt, 48820; Fowler, 48835; Ovid, 48866; Elsie, 48831; Bannister, 48807; Carson City, 48811; Corunna, 48817; Eureka, 48833; Hubbardston, 48845; Ionia, 48846; Ithaca, 48847; Laingsburg, 48848; Maple Rapids, 48853; Middleton, 48856; Muir, 48860; North Star, 48862; Owosso, 48867; Palo, 48870; Perrinton, 48871; Pewamo, 48873; Pompeii, 48874; St. Louis, 48880; and Westphalia, 48894.