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Why should I choose a Counselor Intern?

Since our clients are so important to us, at Northshore and Southshore Counseling and Wellness, we work hard to come up with ideas and alternatives in order to serve all populations of people. To that end, we employ Counselor Interns (CI) at our practice. CIs have a master’s degree, are National Certified Counselors, and are working on earning their Licensed Professional Counselor status. They are required to have at least one hour of supervision for every 20 hours of practice, and they are in constant contact with our already licensed professionals in the practice. The atmosphere in our office is collaborative, and we all work together for the benefit of our clients. So, why choose to see a Counselor Intern?

Using an Intern Counselor is effectively TWO counselors for less than the price of one!

As previously stated, our interns are required to have supervision with their registered supervisor (our Clinical Director, Dr. Micah Hatchett) for every 20 client hours they earn. Therefore, a client gets the benefit of working with not only a CI, but receives input about your case from an additional counselor as well (2 for the price of 1!). Another advantage to choosing a CI is their lack of experience. That’s right, lack of experience. A counselor intern is going to be open and exposed to a variety of techniques and theories that may work for any given case.  Since they are “fresh” out of school, they are educated on the most current research regarding counseling and human behavior. Last, our CIs are able to see clients on a sliding scale that fits virtually any income level.

Their hours are extremely flexible, and they are great counselors! If you would like to discuss cost for counseling please call our office for an appointment. We’re located in Metairie (504) 717-4043 or Mandeville (985) 624-2942

Submitted by Micah P. Hatchett, Ph.D., LPC

How much does therapy cost?

Dr. Andre, How much is Therapy?

The four factors that most affect the cost of therapy are Mental Health insurance benefits, level of education of the therapist, sliding scales and session length.

  1. If you have mental health insurance benefits this will significantly reduce your cost of therapy.  Most insurance policies will have a deductible that you need to meet for mental health coverage before they provide coverage.  Typical copays range from $10-$40 per session.  However, there are many insurance plans out there, and each therapy office will accept only certain plans.  So it is important to verify if the provider you are considering accepts your insurance plan.
  2. The level of education or training of the therapist affects the cost of therapy.  Therapists new in the field and working on their licensure or who just received their license tend to charge less than those with more experience, training or education.  Certainly, new therapists can be excellent therapists, but they often price themselves a little lower than their more experienced counterparts.
  3. Some people offer sliding scales, which allow clients to pay less based on their income or ability to pay.  Again, this is often the case with newer therapists who are trying to build a business and a reputation.  Sliding scales can be very helpful in getting services to people who might not otherwise be able to afford a full-fee session.
  4. The length of the session will affect the fee. A 90 minute session will cost more than a 55-60 minute session.

Our offices provide sliding scale fees and we also accept many insurance plans.  At Northshore and Southshore Counseling and Wellness, we will call your insurance company for you and determine what your benefits are on your behalf. If you would like more specific information regarding the cost of therapy and counseling, please call our office for an appointment. We’re located in Metairie, La (504) 717-4043 or Mandeville, La (985) 624-2942.

Dr Andre Judice, North Shore Counseling & Wellness