Frequently Asked Questions

Do you offer sessions by telephone, text, or video?

Services are generally provided via a HIPAA-compliant video conferencing tool. By special arrangement, some services may be available by phone. Texting is used for scheduling purposes only.

What is "telemental health" and does it work?

Telemental health (TMH) is a fancy way of referring to mental and behavioral health services provided remotely primarily using video, later growing to include telephone and text. Therapy via video call has been practiced in the US since the 1950s and decades of research have shown it can be just as effective as in-person care (Hilty et al, 2013; Molfenter et al, 2015 as cited in Adams et al, 2018).

How much does counseling cost?

MentalMentalMentalMentalMental and behavioral health services generally range from $60 to $250 per hour of service provided. Your individual cost per session will depend upon the kind of services you're seeking (e.g. individual counseling vs. family counseling) and your individual insurance coverage.

Plans currently accepted include PPO plans from Blue Cross Blue Shield &
Anthum Blue Cross.

How private / confidential are your services?

UnderUnderUnderUnderUnder state law, our work together is protected very much like work with an attorney would be. This confidentiality applies to all clients age 12+ in Illinois and age 18+ in Kansas. Everything said in session is confidential with 4 important exceptions:

  1. Supervision - To ensure you get best quality care, I meet weekly with a more senior therapist (Vince Henneberg, LCSW) to review my cases and discuss how I can be of the most help.

  2. Mandated Reporter - As a mandated reporter, if during our work together it becomes apparent a person under the age of 18 or over the age of 60 may be at risk of abuse or neglect, I have a legal obligation to ensure everyone is safe. If this concern were to come up, we'd discuss what to do about it together.

  3. Suicide or Homicidal Intentions - If at any time we become concerned about suicidal or homicidal intentions, I have a legal obligation to ensure everyone is safe. If this concern were to come up, we'd discuss what to do about it together. This does not include things like cutting or hair pulling (less-than-lethal self-harm), though we would talk about how to reduce harm where possible.

  4. Court Order - A court could compel me to release certain records, usually in relation to a divorce or child custody situation. This is very uncommon in my practice. If this concern were to come up, we'd discuss what to do about it together.

What's a professional counselor? Are you a psychologist?

I am not a counseling psychologist, though we may do similar work. I'm a professional counselor. Professional counseling grew out of the tradition of guidance counseling first developed following WWI to help veterans reintegrate into civilian life. Professional mental health counselors are now state-regulated, licensed professionals with a master's (MA, MEd, MS, etc.) or doctoral (PhD, EdD, etc.) degree that includes training in areas like human development, psychotherapy, educational research, clinical assessment, etc. When appropriately licensed and trained, professional counselors can provide a wide range of psychotherapy services for individuals, couples, families, and groups, clinical testing and assessment services, and health and wellness consulting. Click here for more information on Professional Counselors from the American Counseling Association.

Who is your supervisor and why do you need one?

In Illinois and Kansas, there are two levels of licensure for professional counseling: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). As an LPC, I practice under the supervision of a more experienced therapist (Vince Henneberg, LCSW) to ensure my clients are receiving the best quality of care. After several years of practice under supervision, LPCs are eligible to become LCPCs and practice independently by passing a national exam and completing specific additional training requirements. I am currently working towards my LCPC. To report a concern, Vince Henneberg may be reached here