Are you ready for counseling? Do you live in Austin or the State of Texas? Do not let COVID-19 stop you from getting the help that you need, Seeds of Change Counseling is happy to provide online video counseling to all Texas residents during this time and Austin therapy online as well. At Seeds of Change Counseling in Austin, Texas we pride ourselves on being client focused, tailoring treatment to your needs, our Austin therapy office strives to create a warm, welcoming environmanet. Do not suffer alone, call us today to schedule a free phone consultation at 512-676-5813.
In this article we sit down with Jennifer Moore, MS, LPC, NCC founder of Seeds of Change Counseling for a casual conversation.
What do you love about counseling?
Helping my clients! My clients are incredibly resilient and strong, plus I enjoy getting to know them and being with them along the journey to the growth that they desire. I believe that all clients have the change that they are seeking within them and that a warm, safe, nonjudgmental environment is what they need to process and explore. I try to create that environment in my office (even the virtual one!). Counseling personally changed my life when I was going through a dark season, and I believe it can change anyone's life!
What do you say to a potential client who wants help but is anxious about therapy?
I have been in your shoes and still get nervous before beginning therapy with a new counselor! Know that it is completely normal to feel anxious about building a professional relationship with someone and sharing some of your deepest and scariest feelings. Try to keep in mind how wonderful it will feel to release some of the burden that you are carrying around and that you will be talking to a professional and objective person who will help you get to healing and change. I think Fred Rogers from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood said it best, "When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary. The people we trust with that important talk can help us know that we’re not alone."
What are your thoughts about mental health during COVID-19?
Studies have shown that anxiety and depression is on the rise during this time. It is important, now more than ever, to make sure that you are connected to those you care about most. I view "social distancing" as a misnomer, it should be called "physical distancing" because we need social connection more than ever. Stay safe within the guidelines of your local and state government officials but make sure that you are seeking ways to maintain connection with others within those parameters. Technology also means that you do not need to suffer alone, most counselors are offering online video or phone therapy, including us here at Seeds of Change.
What are you looking forward to at Seeds of Change Counseling?
Right now we are midst of bringing a new specialty to the Austin therapy office to further support our clients who have been through trauma in their lives. We are working towards offering Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocess (EMDR) therapy to our clients in the Fall of 2020. This will enable us to service our clients and help alleviate the symptoms and distress that they experience connected to difficult and traumatic events that occurred in their lives. Stay tuned!
Besides counseling what do you enjoy?
I love to travel, and I miss it so much now during the coronavirus! I am a beach lover - hearing the ocean waves, feeling the sand between my toes, and feeling that fresh breeze on my face is my safe, relaxing place. Since I love the beach so much, I am typically dragging my husband to a new one somewhere in the Caribbean to relax and recharge. Besides traveling, I enjoy spending time with my family. We live in Austin, have a son in college, and 2 dogs. Right now with the pandemic going on, you can find us walking our dogs, trying to enjoy nature as much as we can within the confines of the safety guidelines.
Jennifer Moore, MS, LPC, NCC is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the State of Texas and sees clients at Seeds of Change Counseling online and in Austin, Texas. Do not suffer alone, call us today to schedule a free phone consultation at 512-676-5813.
You are at the point where you are ready for counseling, but you have called a few providers and they are either not taking new clients, they do not take insurance, or they seem way out of your prices range. In this article, we will talk about how you can get access to more affordable counseling in Austin.
Counseling Insurance Options
Let's start with insurance options. Most insurance companies carry panels of providers who accept your insurance. When choosing this route, you can use in-network benefits to use. The ugly truth is that many of the best therapists choose not to work with insurance providers for a variety of reasons. This includes the limits on treatment plans including number of sessions or treatment modalities.
The other option with insurance is to use your out-of-network benefits. This allows you to use any therapist with a "National Provider Identifier." These clinicians typically provide you with the proper documentation for you to file with your insurance company separately. Always check with your insurance provider as to what your out-of-network benefits are.
Employee Assistance Program
Many employers offer Employee Assistance Program (EAP) benefits which include counseling sessions that are typically free of charge. These programs typically limit the number of sessions that you can use for a particular program per year. In order to access these benefits, you will need to call your Human Resources (HR) department for more information. You EAP company will help you find a therapist who participates in your program. When using your EAP benefits, ask your HR department or the EAP provider about confidentiality and your company. Some clients like to know this information so that they can make an informed decision of whether to use the benefits or not if certain information is shared with their employer.
Sliding Scale Counseling
Many counselors offer sliding scale rates for counseling. Call the provider that you are interested in and ask them if they offer these rates. Sliding scale rates are rates that are based on a client's ability to pay. If counselors do not offer sliding scale rates, they can often offer reduced rates or discounts.
It is possible to find free counseling services depending on your need. Most free counseling services are offered by non-profit community agencies. However, there are some counselors that offer pro-bono services as well.
Where To Find Resources in Austin
Seeds of change offers sliding scale and reduced fee counseling. We do not want cost to be a prohibitive barrier to the help that you need. Call us at 512-676-5813 to discuss your options and schedule a free therapy consultation or online https://10to8.com/book/oppdjsgfnxxuyvjbcd/.
You can also find Austin area counseling resource for reduced, sliding scale, or free counseling services by following this link.