Wichita Counseling and Coaching
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Does Psychotherapy Take?
Therapy is generally a gradual
process of gaining insights, understanding, and gaining new skills and attitudes. We often recommend that clients see a therapist weekly, for 50
minute sessions, in the beginning. Having appointments spaced more
than a week apart in the beginning will generally slow down therapy substantially because an important part of the
process is gaining rapport and trust between the therapist and client.
How many sessions are necessary
depends on the problem, the level of support the client has, and how long the problem has
existed. Recent problems are usually much quicker to deal with
than long-standing problems. Some clients will feel
noticeable improvements in just a few sessions, twelve sessions is usually considered brief
therapy. For more longstanding problems a client may come for a
few months or occasionally for more than a year. In some cases family therapy, instead of or in additional to
individual therapy, will be recommended.
We set goals with clients and
clients are free to end therapy at any time they choose. We will discuss if a client's goals are short-term
or long-term oriented. Some clients want only very brief, solution focused counseling, and that is fine with
us. Many of our clients see us for short term counseling, terminate counseling when
the crisis is over and return for additional sessions at times of great stress later in life. Other
clients are interested in more long-term emotional growth.
Fees: How much do the
counseling services cost?
That is a question that is best
answered by calling our office. Most of the time the cost depends on your insurance coverage.
The reason for that is that most of the time the services are covered by health insurance and we
are preferred providers with many health plans in Wichita. As In-Network providers, we
agree to write off a certain amount of our fees for insurance subscribers. There may be a deductible or
co-pay, which is collected at the time service is provided. When there is both primary and
secondary insurance the client often has no out of pocket expense. (Our current full fee rates are comparable
to other licensed professionals in the area and are listed in the fee agreement in the forms that
are downloadable from the New Clients page.
However, please note that most clients don't pay very much of that fee out of their pocket
because of the insurance coverage.)
Are you "In-Network" on my
Commercial health insurance
Some of our providers are
"In-Network" on most of insurance networks in our area, including but not limited to: Blue Cross/Blue
Shield, Preferred Health Systems and PPK, Definity, CIGNA, Aetna, United Health Care, Coventry of
Kansas, and Century Health Care. We are providers for policies of the areas largest
employers such as Spirit, Boeing, Cessna, Raytheon, Via Christi, and USD 259.
Many other insurance companies
have contracts with the above networds or have "out-of-network" benefits. Because many of the networks
and plans are complicated, if you call our office we will be happy to check on your insurance and see which
providers are "in-network" on your policy and what the benefits cover.
of our therapists, including our Spanish speaking therapist, accept Medicaid.
are not currently accepting Medicare.
of our therapists are Tricare Certified and see a good number of Tricare clients because for many there is
only a small cost difference between using an In-Network or Out-of-Network provider. One of our
providers is in-network.
Healthwave: Some of our
providers accept Healthwave 21. Some of our providers accept Healthwave 19. Some of providers do not
accept either Healthwave.
What if I want a counselor that
shares my faith? Or a counselor who has kids? Or a counselor who has _____________?
We are private, independent
practitioners and respect your right to choose exactly what type of therapist you want. This is not an agency
where you get "assigned" to a therapist. Feel free to ask us about our individual beliefs,
therapeutic approaches, life experiences, or any other beliefs or philosophy, in a free
We have three locations to serve clients. Our main office (and business
office) is located near Kellogg and Ridge Rd in West Wichita, at 520 S. Holland, Suite 401. Click here for map to the Main office. Most of our therapists see clients at that
Two of our therapists also have East
Wichita locations. Vanessa Whalen practices only at her East Wichita office, which is located near
Central and Rock Road, at 250 N. Rock Road, Suite 340. Marilyn Possett sees clients at her East
Wichita office at 1861 N. Rock Road, Suite 103.
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