Frequently Asked Question’s

How long are counseling sessions?

  • Our sessions last between 50 and 55 minutes. The rest of the hour is used to complete required documentation of our work together, and to provide our staff with time to transition well from one client to another.

How often will I come to counseling?

  • We ask all of our clients to start with weekly sessions, if at all possible. After getting started and gaining momentum, some clients choose to move to biweekly sessions.

How long will it take?

  • Because every client’s story is different, we can’t predict how long treatment will take. Our average tends to be around six months, but we have clients finish their work more quickly than that, and clients who continue to work in counseling for over a year.

Do you offer sessions on weekends?

  • We currently do not have a counselor offering sessions on weekends. {{{However, you can always ask to see if a counselor is willing to make an accommodation.}}}

How much does it cost?

Do you offer testing for adults

  • We offer testing for children, teens, and adults. Please see our Psychological Testing pages under the Services tab in the menu.

Do you prescribe medication?

  • We do not prescribe medication, as our staff consists of psychologists, mental health counselors, and marriage and family therapists. We are happy to consult with your psychiatrist or primary care doctor regarding medication, with your consent.


What is a PsyD?

  • PsyD means Doctorate of Clinical Psychology. These therapists have a doctorate degree in professional clinical counseling and are licensed through the State of Florida.

What is an LMHC?

  • LMHC means Licensed Mental Health Counselor. These therapists have a master’s degree in professional counseling and are licensed through the State of Florida.

What is an LMFT?

  • LMFT means Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. These therapists have a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and are licensed through the State of Florida.

What does the “intern” mean in Lisa’s and Ben’s bios?

  • Lisa has completed her master’s degree in counseling and is registered with the State of Florida. She is completing the required hours of supervised counseling and the exam before being licensed through the State.
  • Ben has a master’s of divinity degree and a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy, and is registered with the State of Florida. He is completing the required hours of supervised therapy and the exam before being licensed through the State.


If my child is your client, how will I know what is going on in therapy?

  • Our counselors usually start with a parent session, to gather information and set goals for therapy. For younger children, they will update you through additional parent sessions every 4 to 6 sessions. For teens, counselors will typically give general updates as counseling continues, but we ask for a little more discretion in what we share with you so that we may build a trusting relationship with your teen. We will alert you if there are immediate safety concerns, no matter what your child’s age.

Do you help with supervised visits, custody evaluations, or other divorce-related services?

  • We offer counseling to children whose parents are divorcing or divorced, with appropriate consent from their parent(s), and with the understanding that we will not appear in court.

  • We do not offer supervised visits, custody evaluations, or any services designed to be used in court proceedings.


Are you a Christian counseling center?

  • All of our clinicians are Christians who integrate their faith with their work as best fits the clients’ wishes and needs. We receive many referrals from local churches seeking to help their members in the areas of mental and emotional health or psychological testing.

What if I’m not a Christian?

  • We serve clients of all religious faiths, as well as those of no faith. We do not proselytize in our work, but work for the flourishing and well-being of each individual, couple, or family.

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