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LCSW, LLC
Counseling / Psychotherapy
individuals, couples, families

 
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7341 Jefferson Hwy, Suite E    Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70806    Phone:225-936-5512
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Counseling with Suzanne Perry
Questions & Answers. . .

Why do people seek therapy or counseling?

People come into therapy for many reasons.  Some seek personal and spiritual growth.  Some feel overwhelmed or confused by unexpected changes in their lives.  Some folks want to develop skills for dealing more effectively with stress.  Some come to therapy to recover from trauma.  Others want to reconcile difficult relationships.  Some want a companion through the grieving process.  People who seek psychotherapy are willing to take responsibility for their behavior, work towards self-change, and create greater awareness in their lives. [top]

What can I expect in therapy?

During our 50-minute therapy sessions, you will be expected to talk about the concerns that prompted you to enter therapy.  Sessions are usually scheduled weekly or every two weeks.  I will offer appropriate feedback.  I may suggest that you take some action outside the therapy sessions such as reading, watching a movie, or trying out a new behavior.  Success in therapy depends on your active participation. [top]

What benefits can I expect from working with a therapist?

It may be helpful to have an objective person listen attentively and compassionately to your story, feelings, and concerns. Therapy can shed new light on old problems. People find therapy a tremendous asset in enhancing personal growth and relationships. Therapy can benefit a person in managing the hassles of family relationships and/or daily life. You can gain a better understanding of yourself and your personal goals and values.  You may learn to manage anger, depression, anxiety, and relationships more effectively.
Therapy can help you get “unstuck” from unhealthy patterns. [top]

What if I don’t know what my goals are?

If you aren’t sure what your goals are for therapy, your first therapeutic task might be to figure that out.  During the course of therapy, people’s goals often clarify or change.  [top]

With what types of people and problems do you work?

I work successfully with adults of all ages, gender, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. I treat a wide variety of problems. For more information, please see my services page.   [top]

What are your credentials?

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Louisiana. For more on my education, training, credentials, and clinical experience, please visit my bio page.   [top]

Do you accept insurance?  How does insurance work?

There is a confusing array of health insurance and managed care arrangements.  I accept some PPO and POS plans (See Rates & Insurance).  The first thing to do is to contact your insurance carrier and get answers to the following questions. 

  • Do I have outpatient mental health benefits? 
  • Is Suzanne V Perry, LCSW, (Suzie’s legal name), on my insurance providers' panel?
  • If not, do I have out-of-network benefits and what are they?
  • What is my deductible and has it been met?
  • What percent of the counseling fee do I pay?  Or, what is my co-payment for counseling.
  • Is there a limitation on how much my insurance reimburses per session?
  • Is primary care physician’s approval required?  (PCP approval is rare.)
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Is therapy confidential?

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a psychotherapist.  No information about you will be disclosed to anyone without your written permission.  However, there are a number of exceptions to this rule.  Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse, requires the therapist by law to help you report or to report herself any physical or sexual abuse or neglect to the appropriate authorities.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s,
    the therapist must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself, the therapist will make every effort to enlist the client’s cooperation in insuring their own safety.  If they do not cooperate, further measures may be taken without the client’s permission in order to protect their life and insure their safety.       [top]   

Does processing health insurance claims limit confidentiality?

First, be assured that no clinical information will be shared with your insurance company without your written permission.  You will be asked to sign a consent form authorizing the therapist to disclose pertinent information to your insurance carrier for the purpose of filing insurance claims and perhaps to obtain continued authorizations for services.

Having said that, the answer to the above question is “Yes.”  Please be informed that when an insurance claim is filed for mental health services, the provider is required to supply your personal demographic information and dates of services as well as a mental health diagnosis.  If you do not want to have a mental health diagnosis on record for privacy reasons, you may chose to pay counseling fees out-of-pocket.  I share this pertinent information with you so that you may make an informed decision regarding use of mental health coverage. [top]

How much does a therapy session cost?

$130.00 for your initial session.
$100.00 subsequent sessions.
For more information on rates, insurance, and payment, please click here.
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How do I know you are the right therapist for me?

One of the most important aspects of successful therapy is picking a counselor with whom you feel comfortable. I recommend you begin by browsing this web site. Here you will find information about my philosophy, my credentials, and the types services I provide. After that, please call for a FREE 15-minute phone consultation during which time we will decide together if we should schedule a face-to-face appointment. At any time, if you feel I am not the right choice for you, I will be happy to recommend alternate resources to you. I am committed to your success. [top]

How long will I have to attend counseling sessions?

That depends on the complexity of your particular situation.  During your first one (or two) session(s), you and I will assess your situation, form a treatment plan, and estimate the desired number of sessions.  On the average, this often falls within a range of 3 to 12 sessions; some people choose longer term therapy for more enduring mental health and/or relationship concerns.  [top]

How does therapy begin and end?

Therapy begins with a phone call. At the initial face-to-face session the person and the therapist get acquainted and together assess the reasons for counseling.  Therapy ends when the client and therapist agree that the client’s needs have been met and goals accomplished.  Unlike medical care, celebrating your accomplishments at a closing session is important to the overall process of psychotherapy.  However, a client is free to terminate services whenever he or she desires. [top]

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me by phone or email.
My phone number is 225-936-5512.
My email address is therapy@suzieperry.com.

With kindest regards,

Suzie Perry

 

 

 
 
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