Frequently Asked Questions About Therapy At Montgomery County Counseling Center
Q: How do I know what type of counseling I need?
A: You may already have an idea of the type of therapy you want. Or, you may need some guidance to decide. Either way is perfectly fine. We can help. Our intake coordinator will chat with you by phone prior to your initial session to discuss therapy options we offer. Also, we will continue to assess your needs throughout the course of treatment and decide what type of therapy will meet your needs. Check out the services we offer to get a head start!
Q: Do you offer free therapy consultations?
A: Yes, we prefer to speak with clients by phone prior to making an appointment. And, we think you’ll like that too. These phone calls typically last 10-20 minutes with our intake coordinator.
Q: How long does a typical counseling session last?
A: All sessions run between 45 and 50 minutes unless otherwise discussed and agreed upon. In rare circumstances, we may agree to do a 90-minute session.
Q: What ages do you treat for child and teen therapy?
Q: Do you accept insurance for counseling?
A: Unfortunately no. This practice is fee-for-service. This means we are not in-network with any insurance provider. However, clients can receive monthly receipts upon request if you wish to file claims for reimbursement. We advise that you call your insurance provider to ask about your “out of network reimbursement rates for psychotherapy” prior to booking.
Q: How much does a session cost?
A: Sessions range from $155-$190 depending on the clinician you work with. We also have clinical interns who are therapists-in-training (and under direct supervision). They are able to see clients at a significantly reduced rate of $50-$80. Intern sessions are not eligible for insurance reimbursement.
We do not have a sliding scale at this time but we are willing to discuss financial accommodations on a case-by-case basis for already established clients who need assistance.
Q: Do you do online therapy?
A: YES! We have options for both online therapy and in-person therapy. We offer online therapy for individuals residing in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC.
Q: How long will counseling take?
A: This completely depends on the level of need and the evolution of your goals! Some clients meet all of their goals within 6 months to a year. Other clients are “lifers” by choice. This means they want to stay in therapy long term as they develop new goals over time or just enjoy therapy as ongoing self-care. Talking about this with your clinician all throughout your therapy process is strongly encouraged. Your therapist should be discussing this along the way with you as well.
Q: What makes Montgomery County Counseling Center unique?
A: The team of therapists at MCCC works very hard to provide you collaborative care. We strive to understand the whole family dynamic and will recommend a system-based approach when necessary. When multiple members of your family are working with multiple members of our team, we coordinate closely to make sure all goals are aligned for the best outcomes. Family members can grow in the same direction rather than growing in different directions. And if you are working with someone outside of our practice, we will collaborate with them too if you wish!
Q: How do you work with clients from diverse backgrounds?
A: At MCCC, we pride ourselves on being inclusive to all clients. All types of families are welcome here. All races, religions, sexual and gender orientations. Our founder Laura Goldstein has participated in Shana Murray Browne’s training for Decolonizing Therapy for Black Folks and is actively working with a coach to ensure our practice is constantly improving our accessibility for all people.
Q: How do you find the right therapist for you?
Q: What mental health services do you offer?
A: Our team of therapists offers a variety of counseling services to help our clients achieve their mental health goals.
Our counseling services include:
- Online therapy in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC
- Child therapy
- Teen therapy
- Individual adult therapy
- Family therapy
- Couples therapy
- Parent coaching
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- DBT skills group
- Support group for parents of challenging teens/adults
- College student support group
- Aspiring to allyship in anti-racism group