What to Expect
Deciding to begin treatment can be a daunting process. Whether you are new to therapy or are changing providers, having enough information ahead of time can increase comfortability. Starting with your initial phone call to our front desk you will be guided through the process of selecting the right clinician, scheduling your first session, and collecting important demographic information. Once you’ve scheduled your initial appointment you will receive our in-depth intake questionnaire via email. This document is electronically submitted to your therapist so they know a little bit about you and your reasons for seeking treatment prior to your session. This form is 100% confidential between you and your Argo counselor. Your first session with your therapist is designed to let you and your therapist explore your history, what is bringing you in for counseling, and whether or not there is a goodness-of-fit between you and your therapist. Following this appointment you and your therapist will determine frequency of future treatment based on your goals and availability.
Argo Counseling and Wellness currently accepts CareFirst BlueChoice, Johns Hopkins Medicine, and Maryland Medicaid plans. For out-of-network insurance providers you may be able to get reimbursement for session costs based on your benefits. Out-of-pocket fees are $125 per hour.
The only difference between a provider that is licensed as an LCPC or an LCSW-C is the type of master’s degree the clinician has completed. LCPC and LGPC licensed clinicians hold a master’s in professional counseling or psychology. Clinicians with an LCSW-C, LCSW, or LGSW hold a master’s in social work. These master’s degree’s differ from school to school based on course work and clinical concentrations. Both degrees prepare clinicians for the provision of individual, group, and couples therapy through course work and intensive clinical internships. Following the obtainment of either a counseling or social work master’s degree a clinicians in the state of Maryland must pass a provisional level licensing examination (LGPC or LGSW) to begin practicing therapy immediately following graduation. Once this examination is passed a clinician must work for two years under the direct supervision of a fully-licensed supervisor (LCPC or LCSW/LCSW-C) before sitting for a second examination. Once completing the necessary supervised hours a clinician sits for their final examination before beginning work as a private practicing/fully licensed clinician.
Even when you are planning to use insurance benefits to cover your treatment with Argo we ask that you provide a credit card for our records. Argo has a 24 hour cancelation policy and in the event that you do not attend your appointment without 24 hour notice Argo will utilize your credit card to cover the cost of the missed session. Because insurance does not cover sessions without face-to-face contact, the fee for a late cancel session is the full session rate of $125.00. This policy is outlined further in our Practice Policies and Procedures included in your intake paperwork.
Clinical research tells us that the most important part of therapy is the therapeutic alliance – the relationship between therapist and client. This means that the more you trust your therapist, respect their support, and get along with them, the more successful your treatment will be. Choose a therapist you feel comfortable with who demonstrates expertise in your area of need.
Therapy is most effective when a client is ready and willing to participate. We recommend that your loved one contacts us directly with questions or concerns about the process.
Fees for your session will be determined on your insurance benefits (in-network versus out-of-network, deductibles, etc). Argo will work with you to identify your session costs prior to your first appointment.
Some clients who seek treatment qualify for a mental health diagnosis based on the Diagnostic Statistical Manual and some clients do not. All that is required for therapy is a desire for healthy change.
Therapy is a time for you to explore areas in your life that have significance. Many people begin therapy because there is an identified problem or challenge in their life that is causing them pain. Sometimes we share triumphs and successes in our counseling sessions or seek support to resolve a relational conflict.
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