Frequently Asked Questions

Call Linda Blackwell Counseling to ask any question you may have. Don't hesitate to make an appointment to get the help you need.

Is counseling confidential?
• In general the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and his/her counselor / therapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client However them are some exceptions required by law to this rule.

Exceptions include:
•Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. The counselor / therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
•If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The counselor/therapist is required to notify the police
•If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The counselor/therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.

Insurance:
Most insurance companies offer mental health benefits covered by your health insurance or your
Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

To find out what your Insurance policy covers ask these questions:
• Do I have mental health insurance benefits?
• What is my deductible and has it been met?
• How many sessions per year does my health insurance cover?
• What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
• Is approval required from my primary care physician

Fees:
•The fee for a 60-minute individual session is $180.
•Payment by cash or check Is due at the time of service.
• If your deductible has been satisfied a copay will be collected

How do I make an appointment?
I schedule my own appointments. Call the office (601) 951-8006 and I will set up your initial meeting. If I am in a session, please leave your name and number and I will return your call.

How long does treatment last?
Treatment times vary from individual to individual. but my goal is to work until you are symptom free and emotional suffering has ended.

At what age / when should a child or adolescent be seen?
Parents are usually the first to notice that there is an issue, but often teachers or school counselors will bring issues to the parent’s attention, Patents should pay attention to the instincts and come in for an evaluation which may or may not lead to further treatment.

Does the gender of the therapist matter?
Training and a good patient / therapist match is much more important than the gender of the therapist. As therapists we am trained to work with all genders and understand gender issues. Since each individual is unique and has unique needs, an initial evaluation is held where the individual can expect to discuss the situation and determine a comfort level with the therapist.

How long Is each therapy session?
Therapy sessions average 60 minutes In length.

What Insurance plans do you accept?
Most clients have insurance that covers part or all of the cost of therapy. I am a provider for Federal, State, and most individual Blue Cress Blue Shield policies. I also work with Aetna, CIgna, Value Options, United Behavioral Health, Tricare, and Comp Psych. I am not a Medicare or Medicaid provider