What is the difference between counseling and psychotherapy?

Counseling and psychotherapy are terms that are often used interchangeably. Although they are very similar, there are some subtle differences as well.
Counseling focuses on specific issues and helps a person identify and address a particular problem such as addiction, anger or stress. Problems are discussed in the present-tense, without too much attention on the role of past experiences. The focus is to identify problems, set realistic goals, and develop skills in problem solving, coping, and interpersonal relations. Counselors guide a person to discover their own answers and support them through the actions they choose to take. Counseling is usually more short-term than therapy.
Psychotherapy or therapy for short is often longer in duration than counseling and instead of narrowing in on individual problems places focus on a broader range of issues related to overall thought processes, patterns of thinking, chronic issues and recurrent feelings. Psychotherapy requires an openness to exploring the past and its impact on the present with the aim of resolving underlying issues which fuel ongoing complaints. The underlying principle is that a person’s pattern of thinking and subconscious awareness affect the way that person interacts within the world. The goal is to uncover patterns, become aware of their effect and learn new healthier ways to think and interact. Psychotherapy is a more intensive process that promotes emotional awareness and psychological development.
Most of the time, counseling and psychotherapy refer to the same thing. In all probability, there is some counseling and psychotherapy intermittently taking place in the course of any single therapeutic session.

How do I make my first appointment?

I understand that making an appointment for counseling can be difficult. Even the first step to pick up the phone to call us takes courage.  You can make an appointment by either calling us at (727) 741-0704 or by scheduling an appointment online.

What is the cost of counseling?

Fees are based on an income based sliding scale which ranges in price from $40.00 – $90.00 per session.
Sliding Scale Fee Per Session
$00,000 – $19,000 = $40.00
$20,000 – $24,000 = $50.00
$25,000 – $29,000 = $60.00
$30,000 – $34,000 = $70.00
$35,000 – $39,000 = $80.00
$40,000 – or more = $90.00

How do I pay for my counseling?

Payment is due in full at the time of service.  Acceptable forms of payment include: cash, check, credit, debit or paypal.

Will my insurance cover the costs of counseling?

I am considered an out-of-network provider for all insurance panels.
A claim form/receipt may be provided to you, upon request, which you may submit to your insurance company for possible out of network reimbursement. We offer a sliding-fee scale (see below) and will make every effort to make your counseling affordable as well as productive in achieving your goals.
Additionally, psychotherapy is a qualified expense if you have a Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA).

What should I expect at my first appointment?

During your first appointment information will be gathered related to the reason you came to counseling and goals will be discussed for the desired outcome.  Skills and likely some at home assignments will be discussed and encouraged.

Is what I talk about in counseling confidential?

YES!  Everything discussed in counseling is 100% confidential and only disclosed to those of your choosing by your written consent.  Please note that their are a few instances when your confidential information might have to be disclosed by your counselor without your consent.  Your counselor can discuss these instances with you upon your request.

How can counseling help me?

Counseling can help you address specific problems such as anxiety, depression, relationship issues, substance abuse, etc, etc.  Counseling can help to educate, develop and enhance your coping system, and look at things from other perspectives.

What is your cancellation policy?

We require a minimum of 24 hours notice to change or cancel appointments.  Less than 24 hour appointment changes, cancellations or no shows will be subject to a $40.00 fee.  Appointment times are reserved specifically for you and you are paying for our time.

What are your hours?

Office hours are by appointment only.  Appointments are available Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm.  Saturday appointments are available.

What is counseling like?

Counseling is conducted in a safe, accepting and non-judgmental, environment.  Rapport is developed in where a close and harmonious relationship between individuals is developed, thoughts, feelings and behaviors are expressed and goals are established.

                              Office Hours

                            By Appointment 
                       Monday    8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
                       Tuesday    8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
                       Wednesday    8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
                       Thursday    8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
                       Friday    8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
                       Saturday    8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
                        Phone: 727-741-0704

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                    Kevin Stevenson, LMHC,CAP