Your Questions Answered
Welcome to Blueprint Counseling Solutions. Here you'll find a series of commonly asked questions. If your question is not listed below, please feel free to send an email and we will respond within two (2) business days.
IS COUNSELING/ THERAPY RIGHT FOR ME?
Therapy is for everyone! As humans, we are consistently evolving, growth doesn't only represent the physical ----it means growth mentally, emotionally and spiritually. As individuals, we aspire to the best of the best. Change requires the ability to have the awareness to recognize challenges, be proactive and the courage to grow to your maximum potential. If you broke your leg, you would go to the doctor, get a cast, take it easy for 3-4 months, and then attend 6- 10 weeks of physical therapy. All of these are necessary steps to heal and become stronger than before. Your mind is equally, if not more important. Protect it.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LIFE COACHING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY?
Often times Life Coaches and Psychotherapists are grouped together, creating an illusion that they provide the same services. While they both seek to accomplish goals, they are vastly different in treatment approaches. First, coaching can be provided by any professional and does not require advanced or specialized training in the fields of psychology, sociology, advocacy, wellness, etc. In order to provide therapy, you must possess a Masters degree in a behavioral science field, such as Marriage & Family Therapy, Social Work, or Psychology. In addition to being recognized as a therapist (clinician), one must complete an extensive internship obtaining a minimum of 3,000 combined clinical hours, documentation, clinical training, and clinical supervision; pass a California state Law and Ethics exam and a Clinical exam. Finally, therapists must complete a standard amount of continuing education credits every 2- 5 years and many seek advanced specialized verifications and trainings in different modalities and targeted populations.
WHAT AREAS OF MY LIFE CAN WE ADDRESS IN THERAPY?
Blueprint Counseling Solutions can assist you making changes in your life surrounding a variety of areas and concerns to include, but not limited to: education/ career decisions; premarital/ marital relationships; significant life transitions (parenting, separation/ divorce, faith), workplace conflict, immigration challenges, child welfare, probation, foster care, codependency, unhealthy boundaries, lack of motivation, anxiety, depression, parent-child interactions, substance use, trauma, etc.
Therapy helps you to strengthen areas within your life domain, while managing items that prevent you from meeting your own personal goals. A mental diagnosis is merely a name for a group of symptoms. Therefore, symptoms can be alleviated.
HOW OFTEN DO I HAVE TO ATTEND?
Participating in therapy/ coaching services is your choice. As a clinical professional, I recommend beginning therapy weekly. In your first evaluation session, we will develop goals (Blueprint Plan) that you choose to work towards in Client & Family Voice and Choice. My primary goal is to support you in reaching your goals quickly, safely, and efficiently.
DO YOU OFFER SERVICES OUTSIDE OF THERAPY?
Blueprint Counseling provides the following services:
Individual, Family & Couples therapy
BCS does not provide:
Custody Disputes or Recommendations
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR THERAPY STYLE?
The most important factor to my therapeutic approach is respecting my clients as the expert of their life. I am not the expert of your life; You are! There are 52 weeks in one year. Even if I saw you every week for the whole year (52 hours) that doesn’t even add up to 3 full days of your daily life. I merely see your life through different lenses and help you see the things that aren’t recognizable through your current vision.
THERAPY IS EXPENSIVE! I HAVE MORE IMPORTANT THINGS TO SPEND MONEY ON.
Therapy is an investment. We invest in clothes, electronics, cars, education, and houses, but nothing is more valuable than your mind and happiness. Remember these things aren’t worth it, if you are not in the right mind to enjoy them.
WHAT ARE YOUR RATES?
$90 per 50-minute Individual therapy session
$115 per 50-minute Conjoint (premarital/ marital/ family) therapy session
$150 per 90-minute Conjoint (premarital/ marital/ family) therapy session
$60 per 50-minute Planned Phone session (Teletherapy)
$30 Per 30-minute Planned Phone session (Teletherapy)
DO YOU OFFER REDUCED RATES/ SLIDING SCALE?
If you cannot afford my standard fee for service of $90 (individual)/ $150 (couples/ family), I have a sliding scale with discounted rates determined by family size and annual income. An application is required and I may require proof of income. I don’t want financial constraints to keep anyone from seeking services.
I offer a very limited amount of scholarships to help people access counseling who otherwise would not have the means. This scholarship has been designed for those who do not have health insurance and who cannot afford therapy. Reasons for seeking counseling are also considerations when determining eligibility. There is a considerably low co-pay, if any, when using the scholarship and that is determined by ability to pay. If you are unable to meet the sliding scale or have no health insurance, I’d be happy to discuss matters in more detail.
DO YOU ACCEPT INSURANCE PLANS?
Blueprint Counseling Solutions only accepts TriWest Healthcare Alliance coverage available for military veterans. One must request services through your local VA Medical Center, complete required psychiatric evaluations and request Latisha Hill Joseph, LMFT as their community provider of choice. The VA Medical Center must authorize services before treatment can begin.
Blueprint Counseling Solutions does not take any other insurance plans at this time.
WHAT FORM OF PAYMENTS DOES BLUEPRINT COUNSELING SOLUTIONS ACCEPT?
We accept cash, check, debit/ credit card, Venmo, Cashapp, and Paypal. Payment is due at the time of services.