Counseling

Insight-oriented Psychotherapy

Counseling is a process of change you engage in with a trained professional. It is a journey of discovery and healing. These sessions are a unique opportunity to reflect on one’s behaviors, thoughts, choices, and feelings in a non-judgmental atmosphere of ease, safety and encouragement.

Sometimes there is a crisis at hand; a sudden loss or change has found someone totally unprepared to cope. Other times, someone feels “stuck” and wants personal coaching for life improvement, or to achieve their life goals. It is common during transitions for people to seek assistance, such as during divorce, career changes, turning 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90+, empty nest time, living alone for the first time, living with someone for the first time, caring for an ill spouse or parent. And, of course, relationship concerns are another reason many call on a counselor.

People also seek counseling with Claire when transitioning to special diets. Food and mental health are intricately interwoven, and being overwhelmed, confused, discouraged, or ambivalent about implementing a change in eating style is another reason to seek help.

 Skills and Training

Claire Houston holds a sixty credit Masters of Science (MS) in Mental Health Counseling

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from Long Island University. She is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC). Claire specializes in individual and group sessions with women, and men. She combines a variety of approaches with clients including Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and CBT-I for Insomnia, Psychoeducation, Empowerment and Assertiveness Models, Relational Therapy, Communication Models, Interspiritual Perspectives, and New Thought approaches. Adding depth and dimension to her clinical training, Claire is an ordained Interfaith Minister,  a Justice of the Peace, and an Advanced Attunement Practitioner. She is professionally trained in the use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®.

Claire has been working with a holistic, integrative, wellness model of counseling since 1990. Using a combination of therapies personalized for each client, Claire is skilled at quickly identifying a client’s core distress and facilitating life-changing solutions.

How much does it cost?

An individual, 45 minute session is $175. Longer sessions available.

Does insurance cover it?

Your insurance company may. It is up to you to research your particular insurer’s benefits. Each insurance policy sets their own parameters for coverage of mental health services. Currently, Anthem, Health Care Value Management, Integrated Health Plans, Coventry Health Systems, many Blue Cross Policies and other companies are reimbursing at this office. Direct payment at the time of service is expected, unless we agree in advance to another plan.

What’s Next?

Once you have checked with your insurance company about how your behavioral health benefits work, get in touch with me. Let me know what you want to work on in counseling, briefly, and what time of the day you are looking for an appointment. You can click on the contact page above, or email me at clairehouston@comcast.net or phone 603-772-0799.