Vicki Garrison

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

FAQs

Do I need therapy?
Everyone goes through difficult challenges in life. While you may have been able to cope with the challenges you’ve encountered, it’s always a good idea to seek extra support when you need it. In fact, when you realize you need a helping hand, you’re taking responsibility admirably by facing the challenges you encounter in life. Therapy will give you long - term benefits and the tools you need to overcome whatever difficulties you encounter.
 
How can therapy help me?
There are many benefits in participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support and help you find relief for issues such as trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, stress, and relationship problems. Counseling is extremely valuable in managing personal growth, relationships, and the many challenges faced in daily life. By applying therapy techniques, therapists can provide different perspectives on complicated problems or even guide you to a solution.
 
What happens during therapy?
Therapy may be different depending on the goals for therapy and the needs of the person. Typically speaking, we will discuss the things that are currently happening in your life, things that happened in the past that are relevant to your issue, and review the gains we’ve had from the previous session. Ultimately, I want to help you bring what you’ve discovered or learnt during therapy back into your daily life.
 
Medication vs. Therapy
Medication cannot solve your mental and emotional problems alone. Therapy is needed in order to address the source of your distress and behavior patterns. Check with your medical doctor and see what’s the best treatment for you.
 
Will our conversations remain confidential?
Confidentiality is a key component of therapy. What you discuss in a session will not be shared with anyone else. By law, your therapist can’t release this information without your written consent, except in the following situations:
 
  • The therapist suspects there is past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults or elders.
  • The therapist suspects the client is in danger of harming themselves or has threated to harm another person.

 

Rates
$125 per 60-minute session
 
Insurance
Therapeutic services may be covered by your health insurance policy or employee benefits plan. The following health insurances are accepted: Medicaid Vermont, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT), Cigna, and MVP. Please check with your policy provider by asking the following questions:
 
  • Do I have mental health insurance benefits?
  • What is my deductible or copayment?
  • How many sessions does my health insurance cover?
  • What is the coverage amount per session?
  • Do I need approval from my family physician?
 
Payment
Insurance, cash, and checks are accepted for payment.
 
Cancellation Policy
You must notify Vicki at least 24 hours in advance if you wish to cancel your therapy appointment. Otherwise, you will need to bear the full cost of the session.

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