Commonly Asked Questions!
For Whom Do You Offer Counseling?
Each therapist in Denver Counseling Options is trained and specialized in various modalities in adult, individual, couples therapy. Some of the therapists also offer prenatal and child therapy. Sessions in our office consists of 50 minute sessions for individuals and usually 90 minute sessions for families and couples. We may have available 50 minute walk therapy sessions to individuals and in-home 50 and 90 minute sessions upon request. Please contact your preferred counselor for availability. Depending upon availability, some therapists also offer 30 minute sessions for those clients who need shorter sessions.
What are your therapy styles?
Lori Jackson works primarily with couples and trauma. Lori is an honest and direct, yet compassionate and fast healing therapist. Her clients find healing, truth and dedication to living their best lives in an authentic and uplifting fashion.
Tony works most often with men and adolescents. He uses a lot of cognitive behavioral therapy as well as solution focused and experiential therapy.
How long will I need therapy?
Both Lori and Tony have become versed in working with individuals and couples for approximately 6-12 months. The length of therapy is dependent on each client and is determined by our clients. Rapid Resolution Therapy is often complete after 2-3 sessions as it is a short term, long lasting therapy intervention.
Where is your office?
Our office is located at 7456 West 5th Ave Suite 300 Lakewood, CO 80226
*There is a bell on our shelf, please ring the bell to notify staff of your arrival and someone will be with you shortly.
What are your office hours?
Our office is open several days during the week and occasionally on week nights. Extended family therapy sessions can be made with Lori on an as needed basis.
How much do you charge?
Our hourly rate is $150 per hour for traditional therapy. An RRT session is $450 for the first session and $225 for each session thereafter.
What is a sliding scale?
Our office no longer offers a sliding scale for services, as our availability is limited. We are happy to refer you to Psychology Today if you are seeking more affordable counseling services.
Do you accept insurance as payment?
We do not accept insurance. However, we will provide a statement or letter for out of network insurance reimbursement or your FSA (flexible spending account). Please direct all questions regarding insurance reimbursement to your insurance company.
Currently we do not take insurance because it is time intensive regarding paperwork, which would increase the cost of our services, and it can potentially be detrimential to our clients because confidential information such as diagnoses must be determined and shared. We also do not want to be forced to diagnose, as this can be stigmitizing and pathologizing, and diagnosing fits more with the medical model rather than wellness perspective.
Important information when using insurance to cover therapy sessions:
•When using insurance all private information, even under the new privacy policies, is shared with insurance companies
•The therapist and client generally do not get to decide how many sessions are appropriate for the treatment. The insurance companies will designate the amount of sessions they are willing to cover.
•All insurance claims require a medical diagnosis, even if there isn’t one. This may jeopardize the client’s ability to receive insurance coverage in the future. The diagnosis may also affect future employment. The diagnosis will stay on the client’s medical record permanently.
How do I start counseling?
Simply call one of the counselors and schedule your first visit. Most of the counselors offer the first visit free, so please inquire. You and the therapist will then meet and mutually decide if the relationship is a good fit for moving forward with counseling.
What should I do to prepare for our first appointment?
To make the best use of our time together, please complete the paperwork for new clients ahead of time, and put together a list of any questions you have, so that we make sure to address them during our session. Then, just take a big breath and relax! Counseling is usually anxiety provoking for most new clients, so it is normal to feel uncomfortable in the initial phases of counseling. Typically after you get to know your counselor, the surroundings, what to expect, and so on, your anxiety will naturally diminish.
What if I have to cancel my counseling session?
There is no charge for any session cancelled 24 or more hours prior to the scheduled time. However, sessions cancelled with less than a 24 hour notice will be charged the normal, agreed upon session fee. Please call your counselor as soon as you know you cannot attend your scheduled appointment.
What is a Psychologist?
A Psychologist is a licensed professional who has completed a graduate program in Psychology that includes clinical training and internships, and who provides care for individuals with mental and emotional problems. Psychologists typically have a doctorate degree (Ph.D. or Psy.D.) and have undergone postdoctoral training; however, they are not physicians and cannot prescribe medication. Psychologists are trained in a variety of psychotherapeutic techniques rather than in one particular school or theory. Currently, Denver Counseling Options does not have a psychologist on staff, although we will consult with them when necessary and when appropriate.
What is a Psychiatrist?
A Psychiatrist is a licensed medical doctor (M.D.) who has had specialized postgraduate training in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental and emotional disorders. Psychiatrists are the only mental health professional licensed to prescribe medication. Board-certified psychiatrists have passed national oral and written examinations after completing a residency program in psychiatry. Denver Counseling Options does not currently have a psychiatrist on staff, although we will consult with them when necessary and when appropriate.