What should I expect from my first visit to Bishop’s Counseling for Women? If you are a new client attending your first appointment please arrive 10 minutes early and bring the completed client forms, recommended by your counselor. The building is set up with two floors. My suite (268) is on the second floor. When you walk in, you will see a lobby on the first floor. Take a right at the reception desk and you will see a staircase, with a piece of artwork made out of open books at the top of the stairs. Head up to the second floor and take a seat in the lobby at the top wherever you please.
If you are comfortable with text messaging, you can send me a text upon your arrival and I will come to the lobby on the second floor to get you. If you are not comfortable with text messaging, please call me and leave a voicemail. Many times, I have clients back to back, so please avoid coming directly to the suite as it could disturb a current session. Please use 214-299-3758.
Does Bishop’s Counseling for Women accept insurance? Yes, we are in-network with BCBS. Finding the right counselor is an intimate and at times frustrating endeavor. Finding the right counselor on a specific insurance plan can be even more difficult. Managed care insurance plans can often create more problems than solutions for clients. In addition, treatment plans and specific interventions are not always approved, even if they are in the client’s best interest. Therefore, Bishop’s Counseling for Women has made the decision to be an in-network provider for BCBS only. If BCBS is not your insurance provider, Bishop’s Counseling for Women will provide you with a receipt, including the necessary information you need to file for reimbursement with your insurance company at the out of network rate
Will my insurance cover counseling costs? Bishop’s Counseling for Women recommends that you call your insurance company to obtain information about your mental health benefits. If you adequately complete the insurance verification form provided by Bishop’s Counseling for Women, you should have a good picture of what your insurance company will cover. If you have mental health benefits with BCBS, BCfW will file your insurance for you, and you will be responsible only for your co-pay. Should your provider be out of network, you will receive a receipt with the necessary information for you to file directly with your insurance company. Should you wish not to file with your insurance for privacy reasons, you are welcome to pay the full session amount privately. Please note payment is due at the time service is provided.
How long is a session and how often will I meet with the counselor? An average individual session lasts between 45 and 55 minutes. How often we meet and the length of treatment will be determined by your goals and the severity of the issues you wish to address, as well as your motivation to actively participate in treatment. Bishop’s Counseling for Women will be able to provide a more accurate answer to this question after your initial meeting with your counselor.
What is the average rate per counseling session? In most cases, an average individual session will be $140 for an initial session and $120 per each additional session. A fee of $160 will be charged for family and relationship sessions. Reduced fee sessions are available on a limited basis if you are paying privately.
What if I have to cancel my session? There will be no charge to you as long as your session is cancelled 24 hours prior to the scheduled appointment. Sessions cancelled with less than a 24 hour notice will be charged the full fee.
How do I get started? Fill out the New Client Form, or give Bishop’s Counseling for Women a call 214-299-3758. Our number one goal is to support you and encourage you as you find the right counselor. We offer a free 10 minute phone consultation to see if you feel Bishop’s Counseling for Women could be the right fit for you.