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  • Am I ready for therapy? What is the difference between therapy and life coaching?
    At Fringe, we do not offer Life Coaching, but sometimes clients are looking for more of a life coaching style rather than therapy. Below, we have outlined 6 key differences to help you decide if therapy is right for you, courtesy of Therapists are state-licensed professionals. Coaches are not. Therapists are governed by a licensing board and must follow state and federal statutes. Therapists are also trained and permitted to diagnose mental conditions while coaches are not. Coaching sessions focus on the present and future, whereas therapy sessions typically focus on healing from the past. Coaches keep clients focused on their future goals, while therapists guide clients to take a look at what is going on emotionally, psychologically, and interpersonally. Therapy sessions are generally more open-ended, whereas coaching session are more focused. Coaches know how to teach a skill and help clients apply it to their life according to a specific and often short-term goal. Coaching is usually short-term, while therapy is usually long term. The purpose of coaching is to provide tools for a client to move from one state of being to the next, making progress toward their goal. Therapy is often more long-term with no identified timeframe, because it is a practice that seeks to uncover root causes for distress as the many layers of the self are peeled away. Coaching and therapy have different types of goals. Goals in coaching are more clarified. For example, you may want to improve public speaking at work, or learn how to find a quality relationship using online dating. Goals with a therapist include emotional processing, managing depression or anxiety, and how to handle grief. These goals are not always action-oriented, but you will have a better understanding of your emotions, triggers, boundaries, and mental health. Therapists can accept insurance, while most coaches cannot. Both therapists and coaches tend to have a sliding scale, and coaches have more freedom to practice without the requirements of insurance companies who follow the medical-model which requires a diagnosis and treatment plan to guide care. Reach out to us today so we can discuss your goals and help determine if therapy with us is right for you.
  • Where are you located?
    The office is centrally located in Seminole County, and within 20-30 minutes from UCF and downtown Orlando. We also see clients virtually anywhere in Florida via a secure video platform. Fringe Counseling Collective 853 Florida 436 Suite 1001 Casselberry, FL 32707 Near the intersection of Red Bug Lake Rd and Semoran Blvd.
  • How does online therapy work?
    Telehealth has been proven to be equally effective as face-to-face therapy. I use a secure, HIPAA-compliant video platform to provide telehealth to anyone across the state of Florida. Once you schedule your first appointment, a telehealth link will be sent to your email. All you have to do is click the link to start your session. You will not have to download or install any special software.
  • Do you offer in-person appointments?
    Yes! Katie meets with clients in-person on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Kristy sees clients in-person on Saturdays.
  • Do you offer weekend appointments?
    Yes! Kristy meets with clients on Saturdays. Katie does not have weekend availability at this time.
  • What are your rates and what insurances do you take?
    Katie and Kristy take Aetna, United Healthcare, UMR, Cigna, Oscar, and Oxford. Madison is not in-network with any insurance but may be able to bill your out-of-network benefits. Katie and Kristy's Private-pay rates: $150 per session Madison's rate: $105 per session We all offer a sliding scale for those who demonstrate economic hardship or are under-insured.
  • What can I expect during my first appointment?
    It is completely natural to feel worried or apprehensive by the process of starting therapy, or even when starting fresh with a new therapist. I seek to meet you where you're at. I hope to help you feel as welcomed and comfortable as possible. The first step is to complete your free 15 minute consultation. Some clients wish to skip this altogether, which is also O.K. There will be some paperwork to complete before scheduling your first appointment. This paperwork must be completed before scheduling your first appointment so I have time to thoroughly review your documents and input your information into my HIPAA compliant EHR (Electronic Health Record). During your first session, I want to get to know you and your story - what you like, what's important to you, and your values and beliefs . I will listen and ask questions as you describe what led you to therapy and what you hope to gain from our time together. I will never expect you to talk about something you don't feel comfortable with. Together, we will also explore any concerns or questions you have, and we will identify a plan for your individualized treatment.
  • What is your cancellation policy?
    Your appointment slot is held just for you. Because my schedule can fill up quickly, many clients prefer to schedule out their first several appointments to ensure they get their preferred day and time. Communication is key! A 24-hour notice is required to avoid a cancellation fee. I realize life can get messy and our day doesn't always go to plan! Every client will be allowed one same-day cancellation without penalty. After that, same-day cancellations will be charged the full session fee. No-shows will be automatically charged the full session fee ($150).
  • How long will I need to be in therapy?
    This varies from person to person. The length of therapy depends on your individual needs and goals. Many clients find resolution with 8-12 weekly sessions, especially with Brainspotting. Some folks are just looking for a few sessions to work on a specific issue or goal. I can also provide targeted adjunct therapy with Brainspotting while you continue to work with your regular therapist. I am flexible to meet you where you're at. We can decide together what would be most helpful and beneficial to you.
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