Counseling for Growth, L.L.C. 2924 Brakley Dr. Suite B2 Baton Rouge, LA 70816 US

(225) 205-7508

Welcome to Counseling for Growth, L.L.C.

Frequently Asked questions

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FAQs

How long and how many times a week is a typical session?

Initial  sessions are usually approximately 60 minutes long and additional  sessions are between 45 to 60 minutes. Most clients are seen once a week  in the beginning, then, as time goes on, less frequently. The number of  sessions depends on what your current needs are. Additionally, the  number or frequency of visits may depend on the availability of the  particular counselor.

How long will I be in counseling?

The  length of time a client is in counseling depends the nature of the  problem and the goals of the counseling. Some clients have a very  specific problem that can be worked through in a set course of  counseling. For others, counseling is an on-going learning process and  they choose to receive counseling for a longer period of time.

What if I want couples counseling, but my partner won't come?

Unfortunately,  sometimes one partner is not as willing as the other to come in for  counseling. However, we often find that it is possible to improve the  relationship with just one person involved in counseling.

How  much are your Fees and do you take insurance? Your fee depends on the  kinds of services you request and the counselor that you see. If you  have insurance with which your counselor is credentialed with, then your  fees will be based on your deductible and/or copay/coinsurance dictated  by your insurance company.  You can learn more about the insurance we  accept, fees, methods of payment, and general payment policy here.

Insurances accepted:

Blue Cross
Multiplan/PHCS
PPO Plus
Benefits Management
TRICARE
CIGNA
Magellan
United Healthcare/United Behavioral Health
Optum Health
Humana/Lifesynch
Value Options
Aetna
Various EAPs (Employee Assistance Programs)
MHNet
Horizon
Interface EAP

None of our counselors are capable of accepting Medicare at this time.

We  are continually applying to become credentialed with more insurance and  EAP panels. Please feel free to call us to see if we are now  credentialed with your insurance plan. Additionally, many plans have  Out-of-Network benefits, which means you could still use your insurance  benefits with a slightly higher copay or coinsurance amount. Out of  pocket fees differ depending on the counselor/therapist that you see.

We accept cash, check, and credit/debit cards as forms of payment.


Rikia Ancar, M.A., LMFT is currently not accepting insurance or EAP cases.

Do I need to take medications?

As counselors  and therapists, we are not legally allowed to prescribe medications.  However, based on a joint assessment of problems you are facing, it may  be advisable to consult with a psychiatrist or other medical doctor or a  medical psychologist to determine whether medication is warranted.  Typically, clients see someone under their health insurance coverage or  we can refer you to a psychiatrist, medical psychologist, or other  doctor.

Why do counselors/therapists request permission to  contact my primary care physician? Counselors and Therapists usually  work with medical physicians to determine whether your concern is a  medical or mental health issue. also, we work with physicians and may  help provide information regarding any reported side effects or  medication compliance. Regardless, clients have to specifically give the  therapist permission to release such information.

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM COUNSELING?

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Anyone can benefit from counseling!

Counseling and therapy services are for anyone who may be struggling in any emotional and/or relational way. This may include family therapy, couples counseling, and individual work on many different areas of growth or focus. 

SELF-ESTEEM

Self-esteem is a feeling of personal worth. It is  important to be able to value yourself regardless of your current state  of personal achievement, beauty, or intelligence. Your self-esteem  creates the foundation for a full life, great relationships, and a  feeling of well-being. Our counselors can help you find yourself and  identify positive and achievable goals to increase and assist with  self-love and self-esteem.

RELATIONSHIP STRUGGLES (COMMUNICATION, ARGUMENTS, CONFLICT, AND LOSS OF TRUST)

Regardless of the source, We can help individuals and couples and families learn to:

Identify the thought-feeling-behavior connection
Develop healthy communication patterns
Understand internal and interactional factors impacting communication patterns
Learn to work together as a couple and as parents (if applicable)
Learn to focus on solutions instead of focusing of the problem
Learn to parent together and more effectively
Learn to get along and work together with children and as a family

We can help with many relational struggles ranging in severity from communication struggles to surviving infidelity.   

ANXIETY AND STRESS

Anxiety and stress can lead to:

Feeling overwhelmed
Trouble focusing due to thinking about everything (or something too much)
Finding that you can't enjoy things due to obsessing about things
Having repeated thoughts that lead you to want to do certain behaviors or having repeated upsetting thoughts
Difficulties in social situations due to thoughts about not being liked or people making fun of you
Feeling like you are "panicking" or about to have a heart attack when there is no medical reason for such feelings

We  can help you reduce the impact of worrying on your life. We will help  you understand the difference between healthy anxiety and unhealthy  anxiety.

DEPRESSION

Symptoms associated with depression are:

Feeling Sad or not enjoying things that you use to enjoy 
Trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or just wanting to sleep all day long
Finding that you are not eating as much as usual or eating too much
Feeling guilty about things that really are not your fault but you can't seem to stop blaming yourself
Thoughts of killing yourself (suicide)
Trouble concentrating or making up your mind about things

There are different forms of depression and we will take the time to help differentiate which diagnosis (if any) best describes your experiences.

We can help reduce the symptoms of depression and get you to a point where you can feel happier.

TRAUMA (PHYSICAL AND/OR INTERPERSONAL)

Physical and interpersonal trauma reactions can arise out of many  situations: physical threats to life, infidelity, substance  abuse/dependency and addictions in a family system, military service in  hostile environments, sexual or physical abuse and/or neglect, and  feeling betrayed by someone you know or by a system. Trauma reactions  include:

Difficulty not thinking about it when you don't want to
Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep
Not wanting to talk about what happened
Not wanting to be around people that may remind you of the experience
Reacting in an extreme manner to situations that would not normally warrant such a reaction
Feeling upset when something reminds you of the experience
Feeling emotionally numb
Difficulty connecting with other people
Getting in arguments or fights due to being angry or easily irritated

We can help you understand trauma reactions and how to work through them.

IMPULSE CONTROL STRUGGLES

Impulse control struggles can manifest in many ways. For example,  substance use/abuse/dependency, internet use, viewing pornography,  sexual actions, gambling, exercising, smoking, and video game  playing. Our counselors can help you:

Learn the difference between impulses, impulsive behaviors, and compulsive behaviors
Learn how to understand the process from impulse to behavior
Learn how to stop yourself from acting on impulses