What to expect from your first session

Yvonne Champion provides you with sound, caring and compassionate therapy that is derived from over 20 years of experience in various clinical settings.  Starting individual or couple's therapy is a very big decision and one that should begin with a therapist who is able to understand the many complexities of relationships. Going through Couples and Individual therapy can be liberating and anxiety-provoking at the same time.  Seeking therapy means you are at a point to begin facing obstacles you've been avoiding and are ready to begin living the life you really want to live. 

How long does therapy last?

This can be a difficult question to answer since everyone comes in with varying degrees of issues.  It depends on factors such as the type of problem a couple or individual client is seeking treatment for, how often someone attends sessions, and also how motivated a client or couple is willing to work on their goals. 

In Individual Therapy, it is suggested that initial sessions are scheduled once/week.  This allows for the therapeutic relationship between therapist and client to form and also for deep work to begin.  After that, it may be less frequent and can be discussed as the therapy continues.  Some clients may benefit from attending therapy several times a week due to a current crisis or due to needing a more supportive and therapeutic intervention.  Every person is different and that will be assessed during our first session. 

With Couples, a commitment of 12 sessions is recommended. We will explore the issues that brought you to therapy and seek to unravel all that has been experienced.  Couples therapy can be difficult at times but also quite strengthening to a couple's relationship.  We will "dig deep" into the various aspects of your relationship in order to seek a better understanding of one another. The hope is that your relationship is not one that is SURVIVING but THRIVING! Imago Therapy and other types of therapy modalities will be utilized during our sessions. The hope is that couples can use these various techniques outside of the therapy room for the lifetime of their relationship. 

Therapy Fees:

Initial Individual and Couples session (80-minute) $220

Subsequent Individual sessions (50-minute) $175

Couple's therapy session (80-minute) $220

is insurance accepted?

Champion Counseling is not on any insurance panels and is considered an "out-of-network" provider. There are several reasons why Champion Counseling does not accept insurance.  First, insurance companies require therapists to provide a mental health diagnosis in order to provide treatment and this jeopardizes your confidentiality.  Secondly, insurance companies have a right to demand details about the therapy you receive.  Thirdly, insurance companies may set limits on the number of psychotherapy sessions you are "allowed" to attend.  

Clients at Champion Counseling receive the appropriate type of treatment that is clinically indicated for each individual, at the amount of time clinically determined by the therapist.

If you want to pursue insurance reimbursement, it is essential to verify with your insurance provider what your mental health coverage is from an "out-of-network" provider. Your payment is due at the time of the session and a statement of services rendered can be provided for you to submit to your carrier if you wish to do so.  Sometimes, the reimbursement rate may be close to what your copay would have been.  Everyone's insurance plan is different.