Local Counseling Practice Offers Low Cost Therapy

Apex, NC, January 15, 2010 --(PR.com)-- If you don’t have insurance, good counseling will cost you $125 an hour, right? Yes, but a local group counseling practice is finding ways to lower costs and provide more affordable therapy options.

Lifescapes Counseling Associates has always accepted insurance and offered a sliding scale fee, but with so many people unemployed and uninsured, many consumers cannot afford even the lowest fee on the scale. “We’ve taken our sliding scale and lengthened it quite a bit because so many people are struggling right now” says Amy Benton Moulds, the Practice Director and owner. “Apex has been good to us, and we want to give back to the community”.

How will they do this? By giving interns and provisionally-licensed therapists the opportunity to train with their seasoned clinicians. Clients will pay as little as $30 per session to see an intern. “We are also planning several therapy groups as another way to reduce the cost of therapeutic services”, adds Moulds.

In North Carolina, therapists (counselors, social workers, etc…) must complete a master’s degree with an extensive clinicial internship. Following graduation, potential therapists must pass a licensure and/or certification exam and then meet all licensure requirements. At that point, they are considered to be eligible for licensure and must begin accruing a significant amount of hours of supervised clinical experience. Unfortunately, due to state and local government budget cuts, many traditional internship sites are no longer operating and the budding counselors are struggling to find appropriate opportunities to practice.

The interns at Lifescapes Counseling Associates will have weekly and as-needed individual and group supervision and in-depth case consultation to ensure the quality of their services.

If you would like more information, please visit www.lifescapescounseling.com or call Lifescapes Counseling at 919-303-0273. Lifescapes is located at 1091 Pemberton Hill Road, Suite 102, Apex, NC 27502.

Lifescapes Counseling Associates, PLLC
Jenn Giambalvo