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What is Brite Counseling?

Brite Counseling is a mental health services provider that offers individual therapy and training for corporate, legal, non-profit, and academic organizations. Individual sessions are available to residents of Maine, Nebraska, and Minnesota. Training is available nationwide.

What types of therapy services does Brite Counseling provide?

Brite Counseling offers traditional therapy, which is ongoing weekly or biweekly individual sessions. We also offer time-limited therapy, a limited number of sessions focused on a specific goal or developing a concrete skill set.

IS BRITE COUNSELING LGBTQIA+ FRIENDLY

Yes, Brite Counseling is an LGBTQIA+ affirming and inclusive practice. As both a lawyer and a social worker, Beth has spent significant portions of her career focusing on the rights and needs of LGBTQIA+ communities.

What is telehealth-based therapy, and is it suitable for me?

Telehealth therapy is conducted through secure videoconferencing. You need a quiet, private space and a device with internet access. Clients must be located in Maine, Nebraska, or Minnesota (where I am licensed) during their session. During your initial consultation we will discuss whether telehealth is appropriate for your mental health goals.

Do you offer in-person sessions?

At this time, all therapy services for new clients are conducted via Brite’s secure telehealth portal.

Payment Details

HOW MUCH DOES THERAPY AT BRITE COST?

An initial individual evaluation is $225. A 60-minute session is $180.

Do you take my insurance?

Brite accepts most Optum/United Healthcare and Aetna plans. To confirm whether I am in your insurance network, please contact your insurer. You can also use flexible spending accounts, self-pay, or use your out-of-network benefits. Brite will provide superbills to clients upon request.

What are the benefits to not using insurance?

There are benefits to paying out-of-pocket (and not using insurance), namely privacy and the ability to control the type and duration of your treatment. Insurance companies can require therapists to disclose your diagnosis as a condition of covering your therapy. They may also request your records and to have input in treatment planning and duration. Paying out-of-pocket is always an option.

What is your cancellation policy?

For individual therapy services, please provide at least 48 hours’ notice for cancellations to avoid fees. For cancelations with 24 to 48 hours’ notice, there’s a $50 fee. I charge the full fee if clients cancel with less than 24 hours’ notice. Please note that insurance doesn’t cover cancellation/no-show fees.

HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE FOR A PEER ETHICS OR CASE PLANNING CONSULTATION?

Peer consultation services are charged at a rate of $100 per hour (or portion thereof), due at the time of services.

HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE FOR SPEAKING OR TRAINING?

Many factors go into speaking and training fees, including size of the group, length of service, and location. Please contact Beth to discuss fees.

Other Questions

How can therapy help me?

Therapy can provide a safe and supportive environment to address concerns, improve mental health, and enhance overall well-being. A good “fit” between a therapist and client is key to therapy being beneficial. In other words, if you don’t feel a vibe with a therapist, move on and find a better fit. A good therapist won’t take it personally, and you deserve to feel that “click” with your therapist.

IS BRITE COUNSELING LGBTQIA+ FRIENDLY?

Yes, Brite Counseling is an LGBTQIA+ affirming and inclusive practice. As both a lawyer and a social worker, Beth has spent significant portions of her career focusing on the rights and needs of LGBTQIA+ communities.

Do you maintain a waitlist for individual services?

No, I do not keep a waiting list. It is difficult to predict when an opening will arise and, in my opinion, it is important that you not delay your treatment by staying on a waiting list.

PsychologyToday.com, OpenPathCollective.org, your insurance company website, your primary care provider, and your friends are excellent sources for finding a therapist who meets your needs.

Do you offer emergency or urgent mental health services?

No. If you are having a mental health emergency, please call 911 immediately. If you need urgent or after hours mental health support, please call 988. Brite’s office phone and email are not monitored around the clock. We cannot guarantee an immediate response.

Will you come speak to my group?

I’d love to! Please contact me to discuss what you have in mind. Although these services are fee-based, I do a limited number of free or reduced-fee speaking and training engagements for non-profits and community groups.

WHERE ARE YOU LICENSED?

Beth is licensed to practice clinical social work in Maine (LCSW 22991), Nebraska (LIMHP 2433, MSW 1913), and Minnesota (LICSW 29329).