A consult is a telephonic meeting with a client or the parents of a minor client without the minor present. A consult is a necessary step before we begin counseling. We like to understand why you are seeking therapy and see if we are a good fit for each other in treatment.
The first session typically lasts anywhere from 45-50 minutes. It is an opportunity for us to begin to know you and the problems with which you are struggling. It is also an opportunity for you to get an understanding of how we approach therapy. This will be a chance for you to explain what brought you to counseling and how you hope we can assist you.
A concern of some individuals is that a friend, a coworker, or a family member will find out (without their permission) that they are seeking therapy. We assure you that your visits to Fortified Counseling PLLC are completely confidential. We have established policies, procedures, and systems to ensure our ongoing commitment to comply with HIPPA regulations. Legally, there are some instances when we are required to break confidentiality. This includes your telling us you are or have been sexually abused, you are currently suicidal or homicidal, you have been abused by another mental health professional, or your records are subpoenaed by the courts. Aside from these incidents, your information will be kept confidential.
You are responsible for cancelling your scheduled appointments 24 hours in advance of the appointment or you will be charged a cancellation fee. You will be billed directly for late cancellations or no shows. The cancellation fee for a therapist is $70.00.
Our office hours are Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm CST. This mean you will not be able to reach admin outside of those hours. Each therapist has the decision to schedule appointments outside of those hours at their own discretion.
All of our therapists are unique in their training and in their approach to counseling. For detailed information on each, visit our Therapists page.