Whenever you try something new or unfamiliar, including counseling, it is very natural to feel a little nervous. Gail’s goal, therefore, is to make the process as easy, comfortable, and private as possible for you. Her Lincoln office is located in a quiet and peaceful residential setting at the edge of a nature preserve. A separate office side-entrance is handicap-accessible as is the private waiting area and attached bathroom.
Frequently Asked Questions
What about paperwork/insurance coverage/cost?
Paperwork is minimal. Bring health insurance cards if applicable. Insurance companies pay for counseling services based upon the type of service as well as the length of session. Co-pays and deductibles are governed by your insurance policy. Contacting your insurance company prior to counseling can provide reassurance about out-of-pocket costs. Please keep in mind that insurance requires a diagnosis. At this time, Gail’s practice is in network for Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Aetna, Midland’s Choice, Cigna, and Medicare. Those who choose not to use their insurance or whose policy doesn’t cover their counseling may opt to pay a flat fee.
How many sessions will “this” take? How often are sessions scheduled?
The number of sessions and frequency are governed by such things as the nature of the issue, schedule availability, financial expenditure, personal commitment, etc.
How long is each session?
Typical session length is approximately one hour. Initial sessions usually are longer.
What goes on during a session and who will know?
In order for counseling to be as effective as possible, you need to feel safe, respected, and heard so that you can share your personal story. Information shared during a counseling appointment is considered confidential. It is your decision what you share from your session. You may also sign a release-of-information form so that specific information may be shared with another entity. Two legal exceptions override confidentiality: If an individual is considered to be a danger to her/himself and/or to someone else; if an individual is a minor (under 19 years of age in Nebraska).
What approach to counseling does Gail use in her counseling?
With a varied training and experience background, Gail draws from a variety of modalities including cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, and family of origin. Working collaboratively and respectfully with her clients’ goals, Gail might explore a past, but still painful situation if it is negatively impacting current quality of life. The courage to face a difficult issue brings about change through healing. With healing comes renewed strength to make healthy life decisions.