Fort Myers Counseling
Fort Myers Counseling
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
------ Stress, Anxiety and Career Counseling

Costs, Hours, Directions, and Questions

What Happens in a Counseling Session?
 
What Happens in a Counseling Session in Ft. Myers, FL?
Phone Call: Once you call or email me, I will ask you a few questions to determine if I might be able to help you with your concerns.  If I determine that I am not be the best counselor for you, I will give you referrals to someone who has more expertise to help you.  Once we decide that we would like to work together, we will schedule your first appointment, usually within 24-48 hours of your call. Same day appointments are often available.
 
First Appointment: You will need to arrive 10-15 minutes early to your first session to fill out general background information, or I will email you the forms in advance and you can bring them with you.  We will discuss your counseling goals and treatment options and determine if this is a good fit and if I would be the best counselor to help you. If we decide not to work together, I will give you other referrals.  If you are a parent bringing your adolescent to therapy, you have the option of coming alone to the first appointment, or bringing your teenager with you. You will receive an assessment that measures anxiety, depression, anger and other issues. It will be scored at your 2nd session and used to measure your progress each month.
 
Welcome Gift: At your first appointment, you will receive a welcome gift containing useful articles, stress management tools, and a notebook/journal that you can use during our counseling sessions. 
 
Additional Counseling Appointments: During your first appointment you will be given an assessment that measures depression, anxiety, anger, and other concerns. We will discuss this evaluation at your second appointment. The assessment will be used as a diagnostic tool and will be given each month to measure progress. Counseling sessions will address techniques and strategies for achieving your goals and solving your problem.  I often recommend books or assign other homework so that you can continue working outside of our weekly sessions.  I will also make referrals to any appropriate professionals.  We will periodically address counseling goals and progress.  If at any time you feel that you would like to terminate counseling, please let me know.  If you would like referrals to another therapist, I will be happy to assist you. 
 
 
How Much Does Counseling Cost?
Counseling sessions last 50-55 minutes and the cost is just $125 per session.
 
Group counseling sessions are $50 for 60 minutes.
 
Workshops are $25 per person, with a 10 person minimum.
 
Because I want to keep your sessions completely confidential for you, I choose not to participate in network with any insurance companies because they require you to have a mental health diagnosis and they dictate your treatment plan. As an out of network provider you and I determine together the best treatment plan for your issue, and more time is invested in face to face counseling, not paperwork and billing. Payment is accepted by cash, check, Visa, and Mastercard.  You can use your medical debit cards for payment.

 
How Long Will I Need To Come to Counseling?
Most people need at least 8-10 sessions to address their concerns, and many find it helpful to continue counseling for up to one year or more.  We will periodically address your counseling goals and progress.  If at any time you feel that you would like to terminate counseling, please let me know.  If you would like referrals to another therapist, I will be happy to assist you. 
 
 
I am not in network with any insurance - but I am an out of network provider for PPO insurance plans.  I am out of network because I prefer that you and I make the decisions about your therapy, not your insurance company.  You and I decide how often we meet, the purpose and goals of your counseling, and you will not have to have a mental health diagnosis/disorder in your permanent medical record.  If you choose to get reimbursed by your insurance company, you will have to be given a mental health disorder/diagnosis. 
 
Some clients choose to pay out of pocket for counseling services instead of using their medical insurance to protect their personal information and privacy.  If you choose to submit your receipts to your insurance company, you must be given a medical diagnosis, and once you have been diagnosed with depression or anxiety, it remains part of your medical record and can affect your insurance coverage as a pre-existing condition.  Additionally, insurance companies often set limits on the number of visits we can have in a year, some as little as 20 per year, and they also may require detailed treatment paperwork.  Sometimes insurance companies do not cover treatment for certain mental health diagnoses.  Some insurance companies require referrals from primary care physicians or assessments by psychiatrists. 
 
Because of the decreased privacy and increased paperwork with insurance filing, I am not in network. I want to ensure that you receive the best level of care with the least amount of stress involved.  You will have the freedom to decide how frequently you come to counseling, and you will not have to be given a medical diagnosis if it is not necessary.
 
 
Appointments are available on Fridays, with limited evening appointments available upon request. Slots fill up quickly, but may be available in a few weeks. You may choose to schedule 3-4 appointments at a time to ensure your time slot.
 
 
Where Are You Located?
FT MYERS FL OFFICE
The Fort Myers FL office is located at 8192 College Parkway #B-35 in Ft. Myers Florida, near the intersection of College and Summerlin.
 
Map of 8192 College Pkwy, Fort Myers, FL 33919
 
 
 
I am in Building B, and you can park on the side of the building and wait in the reception area.

 
How Do I Schedule An Appointment?
If you are interested in scheduling a counseling appointment in Fort Myers, or if you would like more information, please give me a call at 239-243-8098 or email me at

Please call me at 239-243-8098 for more information on counseling in Ft. Myers FL/Cape Coral FL for teenagers, college students, young adults and adults with anxiety, stress, anger management, quit smoking, depression, career counseling, or other issues. 
 
 
Jama Thurman, Licensed Mental Health Counselor MH 11424
Stress, anxiety, anger management, and career counseling/resume review for teens, college students, young adults and adults in Fort Myers, FL
 
8192 College Parkway #B-35
Ft. Myers, FL 33919
239-243-8098
jamathurman@lifechanginggrowth.com
www.lifechanginggrowth.com