At Grace Counseling of Athens we understand that at first you may feel a bit apprehensive about coming to counseling and therapy. We want you to feel comfortable and welcome, so we have provided some information to help you prepare for your first visit with us and to answer some of the most common questions.
What can I expect if I choose counseling at Grace Counseling of Athens, LLC?
We understand that embracing change can be difficult, and everyone experiences some level of resistance to change. It is our goal to create a safe place where feelings, thoughts and questions can be explored without fear of judgment.
Over time, you can expect that your therapist will challenge you to grow and change in ways that you may not have considered previously. It is our desire that our time together will be enlightening for you and may bring help and hope where despair may have previously reigned. You can also expect to be valued and respected at all times.
What can I expect when bringing my child or teenager?
We strive to understand parental concerns but also the teen/child’s concerns and set goals accordingly. We may incorporate games, art, music, play or even a walk outside for a more informal, casual environment for therapy.
During sessions, we seek to understand the presenting concern from the child/teenager’s perspective without diminishing parental input. We also may work closely with school counselors, pediatricians and other professionals as necessary.
How much are the counseling fees?
Our counselors strive to make therapy affordable and competitive. Therefore, each independent counselor has chosen to provide a sliding fee scale for services depending on income and size of the family unit.
Regular, ongoing counseling sessions range from $75 to $95 for a 45 minute session. First time evaluation appointments range from $110 – $130. Please be aware that we do not file insurance claims for clients, but are happy to provide you with the necessary paperwork if you plan to file for any out of network benefits.
Discounted fees are provided to those who serve in full-time pastoral ministry and to military service members as well as either’s immediate family member(s) when there is financial need.