• Can therapy help me?
  • How long will counseling take?
  • What types of counseling does your group offer?
  • Is what we talk about in session kept confidential?
  • What happens in a therapy session?
  • What is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Psychiatrist?
  • What is EMDR?
  • Do you offer psychological testing?
  • What type of psychological testing do you offer?
  • Will insurance cover Mental Health services?
  • Will you bill my insurance?
  • What are your counseling fees?
  • What are your consulting fees?
  • Do you offer reduced fees?
  • What forms of payment do you accept?
  • What is the difference between addiction, abuse and dependence?
  • Social Networking Policies
  • Do your counselors dispense medications?
  • How can I contact Diakonos for an appointment or other information?
  • Do you have to include religion in therapy?
  • Do you go to court?
  • What are the main systems of psychotherapy?

CAN THERAPY HELP ME?


There are a number of benefits available from participating in therapy.  Therapists can provide support, tools and strategies for many issues.   If you do not feel that you have major issues, a therapist can simply help you with managing personal growth.  They can give a fresh perspective on your relationship, work and life in general.  Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self awareness and working towards change in their lives.  Therapy can help work through major disorders and life issues or it can simply give you encouragement. 
 


How long will counseling take ?


Treatment is a highly subjective experience, and as such the length of time is dependent upon the individual.  Length of treatment is determined by the client's motivation, complexity of the presenting issues, and availability of resources.  


What types of counseling does your group offer ?


Individual Therapy, Family Therapy, Group Therapy, Couples Therapy, Play Therapy, Pre-Marital Therapy, E-Therapy (Skype/Phone), Medication Management
 


Is what we talk about in session kept confidential ?


Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a therapist and client. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust and confidentiality.  We provide every client a "Privacy Disclosure Statement" that goes into detail about the privacy of sessions.  

State law requires therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations.

Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children or the elderly to the authorities, including child protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources
If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming themself or has threatened to harm another person


What happens in a therapy session ?


In the initial session, your therapist will get to know you, your strengths, weakness and the reason you are seeking therapy.  Your therapist will then outline a custom plan on how to proceed with your personalized treatment to reach maximum results.  It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions at the beginning of therapy.  If you are going through extremely difficult challenges, you may need a 90 minute session.  There may be times when you are asked to read a relevant book or to keep track of certain behaviors. It is important to integrate what has been discussed in session into your life.  Therapy is most effective if you commit 100% to the process.
 


What is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Social Worker , Psychiatrist ?
 


A Licensed Clinical Psychologist is a mental health provider licensed by the State Committee for Psychologists in the State of Missouri.  A Licensed Psychologist typically has a doctoral degree in psychology or a related field, and training which includes over 100 credit hours of graduate or post-doctoral supervised training.  While on a pre-doctoral and post-doctoral internship, the student provides mental health services under the supervision of a Licensed Psychologist.

Once the degree is completed (post-doctoral stage), the potential psychologist must find mental health agencies and supervisor(s) who will support them in their pursuit of licensure.  Once they find such sites and persons, they register their "supervisory experience" with the state committee noted above.  They then complete 2,000 hours of supervised practice, after which time they apply for licensure.  Once the supervised experience is completed and the license is approved, they become a Licensed Psychologist and are eligible for unsupervised independent practice as a licensed mental health provider.

A Licensed Professional Counselor (L.P.C.) is a mental health service provider licensed by the Committee for Professional Counselors in the State of Missouri.  A Licensed Professional Counselor  typically has a masters degree in psychology or a related field, training which includes 30 - 45 credit hours of graduate work and a 1,000 clock-hour internship.  While on internship the student provides mental health services under the supervision of a licensed provider.  

Once the degree is completed, the potential counselor must find mental health agencies and supervisor(s) who will support them in their pursuit of licensure.  Once they find such sites and persons, they register their "supervisory experience" with the state committee noted above.  They then complete 3,000 hours of supervised practice, after which time they apply for licensure.  Once all work except for the 3,000 hours is complete (coursework, etc.) they can register with the state committee as a candidate for licensure.  At that time, they can call themselves Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselors (P.L.P.C).  Once the supervised experience is complete and the license is approved, they become a Licensed Professional Counselor, and are eligible for unsupervised independent practice as a licensed mental health provider.

A Licensed Clinical Social Worker (L.C.S.W.) is a mental health service provider licensed by the State Committee of Social Workers in the State of Missouri.  A Licensed Clinical Social Worker typically has a masters degree in social work.   Licensed Clinical Social Workers differ from Licensed Clinical Psychologists and Licensed Professional Counselors in that their training and areas of work typically involve working with larger systems (Families, Schools, etc.) rather than individuals or couples.

Once the degree is completed, the potential Licensed Clinical Social Worker must find mental health agencies and supervisor(s) who will support them in their pursuit of licensure. Once they find such sites and persons, they register their "supervisory experience" with the State committee noted above. They then complete 3,000 hours of supervised practice, after which time they apply for licensure. Once all work except for the 3,000 hours is complete (coursework, etc.) they can register with the state committee as a candidate for licensure. Once the supervised experience is complete and the license is approved, they become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and are eligible for unsupervised independent practice. as a licensed mental health provider.

A Psychiatrist is a licensed physician who completed their training in medical school and treat their clients through the use of medication.  
 


What is EMDR ?
 


EMDR is an acronym for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.  It is a psychotherapy approach which assists in relieving the stress of traumatic events as well as assists in helping someone fulfill their potential.  EMDR uses specific, focused strategies which stimulate access to dysfunctionally-stored information, forging new associations within and between memory networks.


What is psychological testing and when should it be done ?



Psychological testing is used to help a mental health professional gain a greater understanding of the presenting issues of a child or an adult.  It can be used to help determine a diagnosis such as ADHD, Depression, learning disabilities, fitness-for-duty evaluations, domestic violence evaluations  or other health issues.  It is often used when a diagnosis is unclear.  Psychological testing is NOT always needed.
 


Do you offer psychological testing ?



Yes.  Please review Psychological Testing page.


Will insurance cover Mental Health services ?


Diakonos is contracted with Medicare, Medicaid and Tricare.  We are an "out of network" provider for other insurance companies.  If you have a "PPO" policy, your insurance should cover a portion of your services.  As a service to you, Diakonos support staff would be happy to call your insurance provider to check your  mental health benefits.  If you wish to call to see if mental health services are covered, please ask the following question.
 

  • Do I have mental health benefits?
  • What does my plan cover for "out-patient, out-of-network mental health"?
  • What is my deductible and how much has been met?
  • Is pre-authorization required?
  • How many sessions per calendar year?

 


Will you bill my insurance ?


Yes.  Our support staff will send a claim to your insurance company the day after your session.  Insurance normally takes between 30 to 60 days to process. 
 


What are you counseling fees ?



Our standard counseling fee is $180.00 for the Initial Evaluation and $120.00 per session thereafter.


What are you consulting fees ?



Our standard consulting fee is $125.00 per hour plus travel expenses


Do you offer reduced fees ?



We have a sliding scale reduced fee program that is available on a limited basis.  The sliding scale fees range from $72.00 - $108.00.  Call for details.


What form of payment do you accept ?



You can pay your co-pay and balances with Cash, Check, Visa, Discover, MasterCard, or American Express.  You can make payment in our office, on our website or by mail.


What is the difference between addiction, abuse and dependence ?

Addiction - Inability to control an impulse despite negative consequences associated with pursuing it
Abuse - A maladaptive pattern of behavior that is not considered dependent
Dependence - When an individual persists in a behavior despite problems related to that behavior, dependence may be diagnosed.  Compulsive and repetitive use may result in tolerance to the effect of the behavior and withdrawal symptoms are possible when behavior is reduced or stopped

 


Social Networking Policies 


Websites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter are all social networks available for counselors to use but they all have strict protocols to follow in regards to privacy.  Boundaries are a great thing when it comes to social media.  Relationships between client and therapist are deep and profound, built on respect and sometimes evolving into an abiding feeling of deep connection.  But as mental health professionals, we have an obligation to keep social media  to a therapist / client relationship and not a friendship.  
 


Do your counselors dispense medications ?



No, our counselors are Licensed Mental Health Counselors who are not authorized by the state of Missouri to prescribe or dispense medications.   You will need to contact your medical doctor or a psychiatrist for your prescription medications.
 


How can I contact Diakonos for an appointment or other information ?



Our office hours are 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (Monday - Thursday) and 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Friday).  The business office is closed for lunch from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM.  

Therapist office hours vary per therapist.  They range from 8:00 AM - 9:00 PM (Monday - Friday).  Select Saturday hours may be available.  

Phone - 816-373-9240
Fax - 816-373-9243
E-mail - Info@DiakonosCounseling.com
Web - www.DiakonosCounseling.com
Facebook - Diakonos Counseling

Our office is closed during all major US holidays
 


Do you have to include religion in therapy ?



Absolutely not.  Approximately 65% of our clients involve their faith in their therapy.  Faith and religion are included at the discretion of the client.  
 


Do you go to court ?



NO.
 


What are the main systems of psychotherapy ?

 

The following are short descriptions of various psychotherapy approaches. Our therapists use various systems unique to their own training and philosophical orientation, which may or may not include the approaches described below.

Psychoanalytic - This was the first practice to be called a psychotherapy. It encourages the verbalization of all the patient's thoughts, including free associations, fantasies, and dreams, from which the analyst formulates the nature of the unconscious conflicts which are causing the patient's symptoms and character problems.

Behavior therapy/applied behavior analysis - Focuses on changing maladaptive patterns of behavior to improve emotional responses, cognitions, and interactions with others.

Cognitive-behavioral - Generally seeks to identify maladaptive cognitions, appraisal, beliefs and reactions with the aim of influencing destructive negative emotions and problematic dysfunctional behaviors.

Psychodynamic - A form of depth psychology, whose primary focus is to reveal the unconscious content of a client's psyche in an effort to alleviate psychic tension. Although its roots are in psychoanalysis, psychodynamic therapy tends to be briefer and less intensive than traditional psychoanalysis.

Existential - Based on the existential belief that human beings are alone in the world. This isolation leads to feelings of meaninglessness, which can be overcome only by creating one's own values and meanings. Existential therapy is philosophically associated withphenomenology.

Humanistic - Emerged in reaction to both behaviorism and psychoanalysis and is therefore known as the Third Force in the development of psychology. It is explicitly concerned with the human context of the development of the individual with an emphasis on subjective meaning, a rejection of determinism, and a concern for positive growth rather than pathology. It posits an inherent human capacity to maximize potential, 'the self-actualizing tendency'. The task of Humanistic therapy is to create a relational environment where this tendency might flourish.Humanistic psychology is philosophically rooted in existentialism.

Brief - "Brief therapy" is an umbrella term for a variety of approaches to psychotherapy. It differs from other schools of therapy in that it emphasizes (1) a focus on a specific problem and (2) direct intervention. It is solution-based rather than problem-oriented. It is less concerned with how a problem arose than with the current factors sustaining it and preventing change.

Systemic - Seeks to address people not on an individual level, as is often the focus of other forms of therapy, but as people in relationship, dealing with the interactions of groups, their patterns and dynamics (includes family therapy & marriage counseling). Community psychology is a type of systemic psychology.

Transpersonal - Addresses the client in the context of a spiritual understanding of consciousness.

Body Psychotherapy - Addresses problems of the mind as being closely correlated with bodily phenomena, including a person's sexuality, musculature, breathing habits, physiology etc. This therapy may involve massage and other body exercises as well as talking.