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Your counseling questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thervo.

How much does counseling cost?

Counseling costs $100 to $250 per session if not covered by insurance, depending on your location, type of counseling, and the counselor's specialty. Prices are on the high end of the range in major metropolitan areas like New York and San Francisco. The average cost of counseling with insurance is $20 to $60 per session for the copay.

Online counseling costs $50 to $110 per week through websites that offer a membership plan. Plans on the lower end of the price range are typically limited to support via text or email messaging only, while plans at the higher end of the range include scheduled video sessions with a licensed counselor or therapist.

Marriage counseling costs $120 to $250 per session for in-person therapy or $90 to $230 per session for online therapy.

Can you use an HSA or FSA for counseling?

You can only use your HSA or FSA for counseling if you have a billable diagnosis—such as depression or bipolar disorder—and the therapy is deemed medically necessary. You can't use your HSA or FSA for marriage or family counseling, grief counseling, or therapy for stress management.

What are the types of counselors?

Counselors have a master's degree in psychology and are trained and licensed to practice psychotherapy. A counselor may be licensed or certified in a specific area:

  • Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs)
  • Licensed Practicing Counselor (LPC)
  • Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC)
  • Registered Child Therapist RPT)
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

What does a counselor do?

A counselor can help you navigate challenging life situations, understand your emotions, strengthen your self-esteem, and improve your communication and coping skills. They provide support through difficult times and guide you in making the necessary changes in thinking and behavior to improve your mental and emotional health.

Counselors can help you with a variety of problems:

  • Depression and mood changes
  • Marriage and relationship problems
  • Grief or loss
  • Anxiety, stress, and panic attacks
  • Self-esteem and body image concerns
  • Eating disorders
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Anger management
  • Addiction
  • Gender or sexual identity concerns

Can counselors prescribe medication?

Counselors are licensed psychologists but not medical doctors, and in most parts of the U.S. they are not allowed to prescribe medication. Only Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, and New Mexico allow counselors to prescribe medication, and counselors in these states must complete additional psychopharmacology training and certification.

In the rest of the U.S., only a medical doctor can prescribe medication. Psychiatrists are medical doctors and can prescribe medication, but they typically do not provide talk therapy or counseling services.

Can counselors diagnose ADHD, autism, or other mental health conditions?

A licensed counselor can give a mental health diagnosis in all states except Indiana and Maine. However, the counselor must refer clients to a psychiatrist or other medical doctor if the condition requires medication. Consult a counselor near you if you have concerns about ADHD, anxiety, depression, autism, bipolar disorder, or other mental health conditions.

How can I choose the best counselor near me?

When searching for a counselor, it's important to choose one who makes you feel comfortable, safe, and respected. Follow these tips to find the best counselor for you:

  • If you have a specific concern—such as depression, stress, or relationship issues—look for counselors who specialize in that area.
  • Ask your medical provider for recommendations.
  • Read reviews from other clients on Thervo and Google.
  • Confirm the counselor accepts your insurance or offers a sliding-scale rate.
  • Ask about telemedicine and virtual visit options.
  • Schedule an initial consultation to make sure you're happy with the counselor's communication style and empathy.

What questions should I ask counselors?

Ask these questions to help you choose a counselor who will help you achieve the best results:

  • How long have you been practicing, and what are your certifications?
  • What areas of counseling do you specialize in?
  • What is your philosophy as a counselor?
  • What therapeutic approaches do you typically use?
  • What does a typical session look like?
  • Are you more directive or guiding as a counselor?
  • Do you give homework or reading assignments?
  • Do you offer virtual / telemedicine appointments?
  • Do you accept my insurance? Do you bill the insurance company directly?
  • Do you offer sliding-scale rates for clients without insurance?

Reviews for San Jose counselors

Recent success stories from people in the San Jose area.
Daniel A.
Well Being Health Center
PRISCILLA J.
I decided to explore hypnotherapy to address my chronic procrastination. Before embarking on this hypnotherapy journey, I was plagued with constant self-criticism because I could not live up to my own expectations and potential. I felt disillusioned and frustrated for never following through or completing some initiative and goals which I have undertaken. I had never undergone hypnotherapy before so working with my hypnotherapist, Farzin, was the first time. On my initial appointment, Farzin explained precisely how the hypnotherapy session would be conducted and what to expect. He answered all the questions I had and was mindful to ensure that I felt comfortable with the process. Because I had never had hypnotherapy previously, trust was essential for me. From our first meeting, Farzin made me feel comfortable, and I could put my trust in him. With his guidance, I have been able to peel the layers and take a deeper look inside myself and do the necessary work needed to transform my life. I can honestly say that I was stunned to start noticing changes almost immediately after my initial hypnotherapy session. The very first thing I noticed was that I was eager and looking forward to getting to my To-Do list every morning! At the end of each day, my heart feels full of a sense of accomplishment. I go to bed, patting myself on the back and celebrating my efforts instead of the negative verbal and mental flagellations which marked my days' end in the past. Most remarkedly, I have garnered insight into the root causes of my procrastination. I now have a deeper understanding of who I am and why I do what I do. Since my hypnotherapy, I feel happier and more accomplished. I was able to get some things done in the 30days of hypnotherapy that I had procrastinated for 3 years!!! I am finding that I am not afraid to take on new challenges and jump right in and land on my feet. What I find amazingly peculiar and love is that it registers clearly and prominently on my memory when I have committed to getting something done. It is as though I have now developed a very visual mental To-Do list and can clearly see what has been ticked off as completed or not so that I can course-correct. I LOVE it!!! Additionally, I am finding that I am not afraid to take on new things and am realistic about what I can do. I no longer feel overwhelmed and am setting the appropriate boundaries (yet another unexpected by-product of hypnotherapy). I now have a better grasp of things that used to frustrate me previously. What has been incredible is this sense of feeling that "I can do anything!" and I am excited about the possibility of using hypnotherapy in other areas of my life. This has been a life-changing experience for me. I have had a mind-shift, and I see personal rewards beyond the initial goals I had envisioned for myself. Farzin is a highly skilled professional and healer who is kind, very understanding. He is also very insightful and knows how to make people feel comfortable. After having completed my initial sessions, I now feel empowered to go out into the world and begin living the life I had always envisioned for myself but has eluded me for so many years! If you are looking for a hypnotherapist, who is insightful and can quickly get to the core of your fundamental issues to provide you with guidance and a tool-kit to healing, I highly recommend Farzin.
Hypnotherapy of The Sun
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