What to Expect
For many people, the counseling experience is something new and unfamiliar. My approach to counseling is from a cognitive-behavioral perspective. This means that I help people understand how their thoughts affect their emotions and behavior. Counseling is focused on ways to approach difficult life issues in more positive, productive ways.
In the initial session, we will discuss your expectations and goals for counseling, and I will share my recommendations and answer questions about the counseling process. Many people who seek psychological services report improvement after six to ten sessions. Sessions are generally 45 minutes long, and are initially set up on a weekly basis.
Full payment is due at the end of each session. I am dedicated to keeping my fees reasonable and within the limits of customary charges for counseling sessions. Many insurance companies provide for counseling as a part of their health benefits package. You will be given a receipt after each session that will include the necessary information that your insurance company will need if you choose to submit for reimbursement. Please see the document titled “Obtaining Health Insurance Reimbursement” in the Forms section.
Dr.Melanie Stone Ph.D
Dr. Melanie Stone has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and is a member of the American Psychological Association. She is licensed in the state of Indiana and is an Indiana State Psychology Board Certified Health Service Provider (H.S.P.P.).
Dr. Stone works with children, adolescents, adults, and couples, focusing on the treatment of depression and anxiety, marriage enrichment, and marriage and family life with a special needs child. Parenting skills training and general parent-child concerns are a significant part of her practice. Dr. Stone is trained in the use of EMDR for treatment of disturbing life experiences and trauma, and biofeedback, teaching relaxation and stress management techniques to deal with a variety of emotional and physical symptoms.