FAQs: Rebecca Eldredge, PhD

 
Common Questions

 

 What kinds of issues do you work with?

What are your office hours?

Where is your office located?

I think I’d like to set up an appointment.  What should I do?

What should I expect in an initial appointment?

Will everything I talk about in therapy be kept confidential?

Do you accept insurance?

What are your fees for services?

Do you work with children?

Are there any potential harms from therapy?

What other professional services do you provide?



 
What are some examples of issues people discuss in counseling?


Identity Issues

Difficulty Managing Emotions (e.g. sadness, anger, fear/anxiety, etc.)

Self-Worth
Career Concerns

Unresolved experiences (e.g. trauma, abuse, previous relationships, etc.)

Depression
Anxiety
Transitional Life Problems

Grief/Loss

Relationship Concerns/Interpersonal Difficulties (e.g. family, friends, coworkers, significant others)

LGBT Concerns

Experiences of Oppression

Compassion Fatigue (e.g. therapists, ministers/religious leaders, doctors, teachers, etc. who expend a large amount of energy caring for others)

Eating Problems



 
What are your office hours?

I offer daytime appointments as well as limited evening availability; please contact me to find out about current openings (rebecca@rebeccaephd.com or 231.714.4840).  I make every effort to schedule a first appointment within one week for those who desire it.  

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Where is your office located?


My office is located at 810 Cottageview Drive, Ste. 102, Traverse City, Michigan; I am thrilled to be a part of The Grand Traverse Commons in the former state hospital grounds.  I am located in a "cottage" that is across a parking lot from Stella's restaurant.  My office is on the first floor; it is accessible via stairs or elevator with free parking in lots on either side of the building as well as along Cottageview Drive.  It is near Munson hospital and downtown Traverse City.

 

 
I think I’d like to set up an appointment.  What should I do?


If you are considering an appointment, please call or email me for a free initial consultation (rebecca@rebeccaephd.com or 231.714.4840) to determine whether I will be a good fit for your needs and preferences.  If we determine from this initial communication that it is likely I can meet your needs, we will schedule a first appointment.  If, for any reason, we determine that I am not the best therapist for you at this time, I will provide you with information about additional referral options. 

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What can I expect in an initial appointment?


An initial appointment will provide an opportunity for us to learn more about each other.  I will ask questions and collect information to help me better understand your presenting concerns, goals for therapy, and relevant personal background.  The first appointment is also an opportunity for you to learn more about my therapy style and how therapy might proceed should we continue to work together.  This first appointment provides both of us a chance to determine whether or not we have a good “fit”, which is very important for your comfort.  If either of us determines that working together would not be the best option for you, I will be happy to provide you with other referral options and resources.

 


 
Will everything I talk about in therapy be kept confidential?

The information people choose to disclose in therapy is protected by strict legal and ethical guidelines to protect your privacy and confidentiality.   There are very specific circumstances in which I may be required to disclose information you share and these will be discussed further at your first appointment.  A few examples of limitations to confidentiality include times when you pose an imminent danger of harm to yourself or others or times when you inform me that children, persons who are elderly, or persons who are disabled are experiencing abuse.  Please let me know if you have additional questions or concerns about confidentiality (rebecca@rebeccaephd.com or 231.714.4840).

 

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Do you accept insurance?


I do not participate with or bill any insurance directly.  Some people prefer not to use their insurance to further protect their privacy and prevent mental health diagnoses from becoming a part of their permanent medical record whereas others find it beneficial to seek reimbursement.  Prior to choosing to use your insurance (whether with me or with another therapist), I recommend reviewing relevant considerations pertaining to your confidentiality, inclusion of mental health diagnoses in your permanent medical records, and limitations for treatment that may be imposed by your insurance.  If you would like additional information about these and other factors to consider, I would be happy to provide you with a written handout and/or discuss it further with you.

Insurance plans vary widely in their reimbursement for therapy and mental health services.  
If you'd like to work together and plan to seek reimbursement from your insurance, I accept payment from you at the time of service and provide you with the necessary paperwork to submit to your insurance; they would then reimburse you directly for any portions they agree to cover. 

 


 
What are your fees for services?

My fees for standard 45 minute, individual therapy sessions are $150.  Longer appointments for individual or couples therapy (60, 75, or 90 min.) are priced proportional to length.  I accept payment through major Debit and Credit Cards, Cash, or Check. 

I provide limited sliding fee slots for people experiencing significant financial hardship.   For those that qualify, the sliding fee would be applied to sessions after the initial evaluation.  The amount of the fee reduction is based on individual circumstances following a review of financial matters in the first appointment. 

 

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Do you work with children?


No.  My graduate training was specific to adult populations and I work with adults 18 and over.  It would be unethical for me to practice outside my training and competence and each person deserves to work with someone who is well-qualified for their particular age group and presenting issues.

 



 
Are there any potential harms from therapy?

Due to the nature of therapy, at times you may be exploring difficult emotions and experiences that you would normally avoid.  This may feel scary or unpleasant as you learn to work through and deal with these emotions.  At times it may be frustrating that improvement does not happen more quickly. 

Also, at times other people in your life may feel threatened or nervous that through therapy you might choose to make changes in your life that could affect them. 

If you have concerns about these possible effects or other “downsides” to therapy, please feel free to contact me to discuss them further.  

 


 
What other professional services do you provide?


In addition to individual therapy, I offer couples counseling, group therapy, career counseling, and clinical supervision.  I also provide professional workshops and trainings to groups and organizations.  Potential topics include the following:

 
Multicultural Issues
Communication Skills
Self-Care
Stress Management
Time Management
Career Assessment
 
I have extensive expertise providing Diversity Training and Cultural Competency workshops for a variety of populations including students, professionals, staff/faculty, and mental health professionals. 

 
If you have need of a professional workshop or training, please email or call (rebecca@rebeccaephd.com or 231.714.4840) to further discuss how I may be able to design and tailor a presentation or workshop to meet your organization's needs.


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