We are glad that you are ready to start counseling. You may have received an Autism diagnosis for your child or a member of your family. You may be feeling uncertain, overwhelmed, or simply not sure what to do. Our office has expert counselors that can help you move forward in life.
We support kids, parents, and families that are on the Autism Spectrum. Our goal is to listen to your goals, understand your challenges, and give you the tools to live your best life.
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Common symptoms you may experience
- Difficulties making and maintaining friends.
- Problems learning to express feelings in a safe and healthy manner.
- Problems adjusting to change.
- Issues taking direction.
- Difficulties making life decisions such as getting a job.
Common challenges parents and caretakers may experience
- Feeling “stuck” or”unsure” with how to help your child.
- You are in desperate need of some sort of support.
- Parental guidance on parenting your child during difficult times.
- Building a strong connection between you and your child.
- Learning creative ways to build independence.
READY TO START THERAPY…
Counseling payments and insurance can be difficult to understand. Amber is out of network, which allows her to provide therapy, without having to meet certain insurance requirements. Such as shorter session time or a reduced amount of therapy sessions allocated.
Amber is in-network for the insurance: BCBS.
Out of pocket (out of network) fee when not using insurance is $140.00 for the first session and the future sessions are $110.00. Amber can provide you with a superbill, this often helps with providing you a reimbursement from your insurance company.
To help with the process please feel free to call our office and we will walk you through the process.
ARE YOU READY TO START COUNSELING?
Individual therapy for persons on the Autism Spectrum. We believe that our clients are uniquely wired in a manner that often can be misunderstood. Our goal is to support you while enhancing your life through therapy focused on your goals, strengths, and areas of improvement. Common areas of focus include:
- Life skills.
- Social skills.
- Behavioral changes/modification.
- Goal setting.
- Learning to regulate emotions.
- Support through life stages and significant transitions (education, new environment, parenting, couples/marriage).
Family counseling for Autism includes more people which makes it that much more fun. Your counselor will work to get to know the key members of your family system that are involved in counseling in order to provide support. At times this means that the counselor works with a parent and child. Or even both parents. We are always open to having you include your siblings, friends, or relatives in a session. This is your place of comfort and support.
Together, we work on developing a plan that connects to your needs. We will support you in understanding why the challenges are taking place, building healthy and clinically effective coping skills to address the challenges, and creating a support system within your family system.
Therapy For Parents:
As a parent, you often see what most people do not. You see the highs and lows. The moments that your child achieves that one goal they have been working towards. You see the struggle that may take place when getting ready or dealing with negative reactions from society.
Counseling is here to help. We take time to get to you as a parent. Together we work on addressing the challenges that are taking place with your child and in your life. Common reasons parents seek therapy include:
- Struggle to help your child with social and life skills.
- Excessive conflict with your child.
- Support with managing personal thoughts connected to Autism.
- The family has recently undergone a transition. This can include but not limited to becoming a blended family, moving, experiencing loss, trauma, or divorce.
- Feeling stuck and not sure what to do when it comes to helping your child.
- Noticing that your child has let go of their past routines or social circle.
- Desire to give your child the best life possible.
COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT COUNSELING
Do you prescribe medication?
Our counseling office has strong connections with amazing providers in the community that can support with providing medication. When you start counseling with our office, we can work together to understand if the medication route is a good option. It’s really up to you. We will help you in finding a medication provider in the community that can help.
Are therapy sessions virtual or in the office?
Counseling sessions are confidential and private both in-person and online. Your therapist will discuss details regarding confidentiality in more detail during your session. Our counselors utilize HIPAA compliant systems aimed to provide high standards for confidentiality and privacy. In addition, our counselors are able to provide therapy online in the State of North Carolina. Our counselors are licensed in North Carolina and can provide online therapy to anyone in the state. This includes Wilmington, Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte, Fayetteville, Winston-Salmen, Burlington, Asheboro, and every other city in North Carolina. We are here to help.
What type of therapy does Santos Counseling provide?
Our counseling office has a pretty amazing group of counselors. Together we focus on specialties that range from play therapy to Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Our counselors are diverse, compassionate, and can provide therapy in English or Spanish. When it comes to being there for you, we take time to understand your needs in order to provide the best approach possible.
How long before I see changes?
Counseling can help people overcome challenges, build healthy habits, and overall have better life satisfaction. When you start counseling your therapist will work to understand your concerns and develop goals aimed to support you in overcoming them. Over time you will start noticing positive changes when applying clinically effective strategies learned in sessions. Results vary from person to person. Some see it right away others it takes a little more time. Overall, we are here to help you along the way.
Are Online Sessions Confidential?
Counseling sessions are private and secure. We do our best to have state of right software during online sessions and in addition, take precautions during face-to-face sessions. We understand how important confidentiality is to you. Your counselor will have a more in-depth conversation with you on the topic to ensure that you feel comfortable with the details connected to confidentiality.
How do I pay for counseling?
Counseling payments and insurance can be difficult to understand. Each clinician at Santos Counseling has their own policy for which insurance they accept or do not accept. We encourage you to contact the counselor that you wish to work or check with your insurance company prior to your first session to discuss payment. To help with the process please feel free to call our office and we will walk you through the process.