Appointment Fees and Location
Christian Counseling, Consulting and Coaching are among the greatest investments you can make for
yourself and those in your life.
At The Joy Counseling Center, we do not believe services are only for those who are suffering from
a spiritual, emotional or holistic issue. Most often people struggle simply due to natural changes and challenges in life. Getting help at these times is just as important for your health and
well-being and is often necessary in order to prevent a more severe condition such as depression and panic attacks.
We offer a variety of financial options in order to best serve you and your therapeutic
We have standard fees for services, primarily at an hourly rate; longer sessions are available as
well. Please contact the office for current rates of various services. At times, such as due to financial hardship, a reduced rate can be discussed.
Why should I pay out of pocket vs. using insurance?
It is important to understand a few issues when choosing to use your insurance for mental health
services. When receiving clinical services, you will be forming a record of your status and treatment, just like a medical record.
That means that in order for insurance to cover this treatment, there must be an illness, or
disorder, that is diagnosed and reported to the insurance company, just like a flu diagnosed by a doctor demonstrating a reason for the treatment.
Based on the clinical diagnosis, this could mean that if you’re are in a non-group policy your
insurance company can place an additional rider, add a supplemental deductible or raise the cost of your monthly premium in the future should they find that their cost of covering your services will
increase. In fact, many insurance companies require status updates on treatment which can include requests for specific information about your lifestyle ( drinking, recreational drug use, mood
changes, self-injuring thoughts, sleep disturbances, etc). This information can potentially be used to penalize you in renewals for medical and life insurance as we cannot guarantee what your
insurance company shares with other companies.
When paying out of pocket for counseling, coaching and consultant sessions, there is more
confidentiality in the sense that insurance companies do not have access to the record of your treatment. In addition, you are also able to participate in a wider variety of services without being
required to have a diagnosis reported back to your insurer. The Joy Counseling Center Wellness Associates does not guarantee the confidentiality of your billing and diagnosis codes once we bill your
Many insurance companies don’t cover sessions more than once per week, or double sessions, phone
sessions, group work, marriage counseling, workshops, and other types of assistance that might be especially helpful to you. Paying out-of-pocket means that you can seek these other types of
treatment when you and your clinical Christian counselor think it is suitable.
Many insurance companies allow only a certain number of sessions per year, which may not be enough
to address the concerns that brought you to therapy in the first place. Insurance companies reserve the right to manage how often and how long you can use your benefits and may decide that you cannot
use your full number of sessions for certain problems. When paying out-of-pocket for counseling, you and your counselor will work together to figure out how long you can stay in counseling and what
issues you want to work on as a priority.
Payment are due at each session. Clients will receive monthly statements notifying them of their
balance upon which prompt payment is due. If balances become overdue, clients will be notified by mail, phone or in person. Balances need to be paid in full before or at the next scheduled
Current session fees are as follows:
$94 per session (regardless of session participants), $114 per initial visit.
Neuro Emotional Technique/Coaching:
Payment for sessions that will be utilizing Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET), NET Remedies and
Coaching is often billed separately, please ask your counselor or emotional wellness coach for further information. Sessions can be schedule for hour or longer blocks.
The Joy Counseling Center requires a 24-hour notice (business days) of cancelled appointments. We
have a list of clients waiting to fill any open hour. Therefore, with less than 24 hours notice a fee will be charged to the client if we are unable to fill that hour. Please cancel by voicemail or
Missed/Failed Appointments & Late Cancellation
Clients will be charged the equivalent fee for the client’s maximum allowed contracted rate on
their specific panel for missed appointments and late cancellations.
The primary services we offer are face-to-face counseling, coaching and consulting sessions in the office
setting. However, at times phone consultation may become desirable and/or necessary. A cash rate may be discussed with the Counselor for such services. Schedule a session now by clicking
“Contact Us” above or below this note.
Skype/Face Time/Distance Counseling sessions:
We also have the ability to offer this service while you are in the office with family members who
are not local. We would require a consent form from these individuals to be completed and faxed back to our office before the session would take place.
Distance counseling is an approach that takes the best practices of traditional counseling as well
as some of its own unique advantages and adapts them for delivery to clients via electronic means in order to maximize the use of technology-assisted counseling techniques. The technology-assisted
methods may include tele-counseling (telephone), secure e-mail communication, chat, videoconferencing or stand-alone software programs.
If you do not live in Central Florida but are a US resident we can arrange online sessions to take
place. If you live or travel overseas, you may be able to work with us regardless of what state you came from in the United States. Please contact us to discuss your specific
Online sessions are great for college students who are from Florida and go to school outside of
the state or abroad.