What’s the Difference Between Divorce Counseling Co-Parenting Counseling

Creative Family Counseling is excited to announce two new specialties for clients: Divorce Counseling and Co-Parenting Counseling. Oftentimes there can be an overlap for these two services as couples navigate divorce and co-parenting dynamics at the same time but there is a clearly defined difference between these two services.

What is Divorce Counseling?

There are fewer family decisions that have such a monumental impact than deciding to divorce. This is especially so when children are included in the picture. For couples who are navigating a revision to their relationship, there are many factors involved. This can be overwhelming and difficult to discuss in a neutral and positive way with the partner in which you are un-coupling.  Learn More...

How to Talk to Your Teen about Suicide

I recently published some articles about Depression in the Spring and How Play Therapy Helps With Depression in Children Clients.  In those articles, I shared warning signs or symptoms of Depression. Urges to self harm or use self injurious behaviors and suicidal thoughts are both symptoms of severe depression.

When you notice a difference in your teen’s mood and behaviors, it can be a warning sign that emotionally they are struggling. By familiarizing yourself with the symptoms and signs of depression in teens can give parents guidance on how to support their child. Learn More...

How does Play Therapy Help Young Clients Experiencing Depression?

When parents ask for support in how to tell their child they will be visiting a therapist, my easy explanation typically works: “A Play Therapist helps kids when their feelings get too big. Sometimes kid’s mad gets too big and it causes problems for the kid and the people around them.  Sometimes a kid’s sad gets too big and it feels too hard for the kid to move around with all that sadness. And sometimes a kid’s scared gets too big and the kid needs help feeling safe. Therapists help kids shrink big feelings so they can get back to being a kid.” Learn More...

Looking for Spring in the Darkness of Winter

Coming out of a cool and dark February, March seems to be a transitionary month between winter and spring. Still gloomy outside, it can be hard to notice the perennials are starting to emerge from the soil and will soon bloom into a colorful spring bouquet. The dogwoods and redbuds will soon bloom too. During gloomy seasons, looking ahead to the lighter and more bright periods can be difficult to muster. Learn More...

Welcoming Our Newest Therapy Dog – Kiki!

Hi there! I’m Kiki, a 3-year-old Great Dane mix. Over the past several weeks, I’ve been training for Animal Assisted Therapy with my human, Lisa Cardwell, LMFT. I will begin my work with clients in the Prospect office in mid-March and can’t wait to get started!

I love people of all ages, playing soccer and fetch outside, and tilting my head as far as I can from side to side when listening for words I understand. Lisa sometimes calls me Kikiroo because I love to do kangaroo jumps and bounce around on my hind legs. Learn More...

How to Use Out-of-Network Benefits at Creative Family Counseling

We oftentimes get asked how clients can use their out of network benefits at our practice.

There are three ways clients can use benefits with us:

    1. Use their plan’s Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) Card to pay for sessions.
    2. Use their plan’s Health Savings Account (HSA) Card to pay for sessions.
    3. File for Out-of-Network Reimbursement.

    Filing for Out-of-Network Reimbursement isn’t as scary as one might think it is. You can actually follow 6 easy steps to get reimbursed for services that you’ve paid for out of pocket:

    1. Call the number on the back of your card.
    2. Ask about your plan’s out-of-network benefits.
    3. Ask for the out-of-network reimbursement form, if your plan requires it.
    4. See your Creative Family Counseling Therapist
    5. Ask your Therapist for a Superbill after your session.
    6. Submit the Superbill and any required forms to your insurance company to receive a check from them to reimburse you for the out of pocket services.

    For clients whose insurance does not offer any of the above benefits, and who find the full fees cost prohibitive, we have several Counseling Student Interns who provide services for reduced fees of between $25-$50 per session. Learn More...