Find answers to some of your most frequently asked questions about mental health counseling with me, Carrie Mead.
Q: What type of conditions do you treat?
Q: How often will we meet?
A: We will typically meet 1x per week for 45- 60 minutes. Learn more.
Q: Tell me about 1st session.
A: The first session is a time for us to get to know one another and for trust to be built. Expect pleasant, comfortable, and compassionate conversation. We will discuss your concerns, symptoms, mental and physical health history. I will make a clinical assessment and recommendations for further appointments based upon my evaluation. We will also discuss office policies, informed consent, and limits of confidentiality.
Q: Will you diagnosis me with mental disorder?
Diagnosis is part of the process of psychotherapy. Knowing your diagnosis will help inform our treatment plan. I will provide psychoeducation on your diagnosis so that you gain empowerment and self-agency.
Q: What happens if I don’t feel comfortable?
A: Not every therapist is right for every client and not every client is right for every therapist. If you aren’t comfortable, for any reason, we can discuss it and a referral can be made. Learn more about me.
Q: What forms of payment do you accept?
A: I accept cash and credit card. Payment must take place at the time services are rendered.
Q: What is you cancellation policy?
A: Late cancellation fees apply when less than 24 hours notice is given.
Q: What’s difference between psychotherapy, counseling and therapy?
Q: What are your fees?
For individual sessions, I charge $130 for the initial intake and $95 for 55 minute sessions.
For couples counseling I charge $225 for the initial intake and $170 for 55 min sessions.
Q: What if I feel suicidal or homicidal?
A: Your health and safety are of paramount importance. If you feel unsafe call 911 or take yourself to an emergency room immediately. Once you are safe, please sign releases for me to speak to your health care professional.
Q: Do you offer crisis counseling or 24 hour emergency counseling?
A: I do not offer 24-hour crisis counseling. If you feel that your needs will require late-night calls, check-ins or a deeper level of care than 1x weekly therapy, I will be happy to find you a therapist better suited to your needs.
However, if you are experiencing an emergency and need crisis intervention you may contact:
The National Suicide Prevention hotline at: 1-800-273-8255
Also, many counties in Maryland offer 24-hour mobile crisis teams to assist you out of hours or in your home.
Just a few resources are listed below:
- Baltimore City: 410- 433-5175
- Baltimore County: 410- 931-2214
- Carroll County: 410- 952- 9552
- Harford County: 410-638- 5248
- Howard County: 410- 531- 6677
- Maryland Crisis Hotline: 1-800-422-0009
Q: Do you accept insurance?
A: To serve you best, I do not accept insurance. Unfortunately, insurance companies set limits on how often we can meet, the length of our sessions, and the reasons for our sessions. Additionally, they often change the rules or deny claims with little explanation or warning. All of this causes a distraction to our work and unwanted stress. Our sessions will be guided by my clinical expertise and my ethical codes as a counselor.
Q: What treatment modalities do you use?
I use a mix of modalities based upon your needs and my clinical assessment. A few treatment options are:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Mindfulness / Meditation
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
- Gottman Therapy for couples
- Brief Solution-Focused Therapy (BSFT)
- Motivational Interviewing (MI)
Q: Where are you licensed?
I am licensed in the state of Maryland by the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapist.