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    What is an “intake?”

    An intake is an initial one hour session with our Intake Specialist. During that session you will discuss the details of your situation and why you are pursuing counseling at this time. Together, with the help of the Specialist, you’ll arrive at a therapeutic approach that works for you including choosing the counselor that best meet your needs. 

    Additionally, you’ll learn a bit about how therapy works as well as scheduling your first session. You’ll also discuss the cost of therapy while getting answers for any and all questions you might have. Most importantly, an intake is our way of learning more about you and your expectations for counseling. In short, an intake is the critical first step on your path to healing. 

    Do you take insurance?

    We do not currently take insurance. Our practice uses an online portal which makes it easy to download invoices and superbills for clients who would like to submit payments for sessions to their insurance provider for reimbursement.

    Do you offer a sliding scale?

    All of our providers at SGC offer a discounted rate for those who qualify. SGC offers multiple providers with a range of fees to best accommodate all financial needs. If you would like a recommendation for providers who accept insurance or use a sliding scale, please let us know, we would be happy to help you find the right fit!

    Do you see clients on Saturdays?

    Typically our providers work during the week, however, clients are sometimes seen on Saturdays for coaching or intensive couple’s sessions.

    Do you see clients in-person or virtual?

    At SGC we believe the best therapeutic results come from connecting with one another in person, however, we do offer a confidential telehealth option for those who would prefer virtual sessions.

    How long are sessions?

    Sessions are typically 50-55 minutes. Our providers do offer extended 90 minute sessions for those who request it. Additionally, we also offer 2 hour intensive sessions for couples who feel they are needing the extra time and attention.

    How frequently do I need to come to counseling?

    SGC recommends for your counseling to be effective that you attend not less than every other week. For the best results, every week is encouraged. Even so, we understand your path to healing is yours to determine. At the time of your initial intake you’ll discuss your availability and finances as well as your goals to arrive at the frequency that works best for you.

    Is having faith required for counseling?

    At SGC we offer a faith-based approach but ONLY if that’s your preference. If a faith-based approach isn’t your preference then our providers are equally competent to guide you on your path to healing relying solely on a traditional approach to therapy and coaching. If you ARE seeking a therapist or coach who incorporates a biblical approach to healing, SGC providers are prepared to do that by blending the bible’s teachings with traditional therapeutic or coaching concepts.

    What if I want to begin couples counseling but my partner doesn’t?

    In this situation, we recommend beginning working with one of our practitioners individually while you wait for your partner to feel they are ready to begin work as a couple. Ultimately, individual work is not only extremely beneficial for the healing and restoration of relationships, it is required.

    What makes therapy effective?

    Research has identified the connection between the counselor and their client to be the most important factor in the successful achievement of therapeutic goals. Commitment to healing, asking for help, embracing change and finding one’s personal faith are all important factors in a successful outcome.

    What’s the difference between a therapist and a coach?

    A coach provides practical, hands-on ways to address problems occurring in your relationships rather than exploring in-depth childhood or mental health issues as you would with a psychotherapist. With coaching, childhood and mental health issues are discussed but only as a way of better understanding how they impact your relationships. In the same way a coach trains and encourages an athlete, so too, a relationship coach trains and encourages individuals and couples in the pursuit of better and stronger relationships.