Frequently Asked Questions

What does therapy do?

Therapy provides a place where you will have a professional trained in helping you identify and achieve your goals. Therapy is a scientific, evidence-based treatment that provides ways to become “unstuck” to your truest potential and living your most authentic life. 

Do I need therapy? 

I am of the belief that therapy is geared toward individuals who are goal-oriented and want to take action and face their problems straight on. Sometimes, people don’t attend therapy because there’s something wrong but because they are looking for personal, professional or relational growth. I believe all people can benefit from therapy. 

Why don’t you accept Insurance? 

I do not accept insurance because many of my clients do not need a mental health diagnosis. A diagnosis is required to have reimbursement from an insurance company. This provides me the ability to treat each individual and couple with what is needed according to best practices. It allows me to treat my clients without time restraints or specific interventions that are only covered by insurance. If you would like to use your health benefits, I do offer superbills for reimbursement. 

What is a SuperBill?

A superbill is a detailed invoice that outlines the services rendered by an out-of-network provider. I am considered out-of-network because I am not paneled with an insurance company. A superbill requires a diagnosis and a billing code. This information is submitted to your insurance company and may reimburse you minus your copay rate. I encourage all of my clients to check with their specific plan to ensure reimbursement.

What are your fees?

I charge $120 per session for individuals

$150 for couples and family sessions

I do offer a few spots for sliding scale for teachers, military, first-responders and college students. 

How long are sessions? 

I offer 50-minute and 90-minute sessions when applicable.

What Can I expect?

You can expect that I will provide you with ACA (American Counseling Association) ethics, professionalism, respect, updated interventions and compassion. I recognize that I am not the therapist for everyone. You have to be comfortable when entering counseling, which is why I offer a complimentary counseling session to see if we would be a good fit. If not, I am happy to provide some referrals to some other great therapists in our community. 

When we work together, I will first complete an assessment to get an idea of your background and history. Together we will then create a customized plan for you. For couples, I will send you some inventories and questionnaires that are designed to establish you and your partners strengths and areas to improve upon. 

While there are no guarantees in counseling, most of my clients walk away from counseling feeling more empowered, aware and “lighter”. 

How many sessions will I need?

It’s challenging to come up with a number as each person is unique in their goals. While everyone is different, I strive to provide skills to take with you after each session to work on between sessions. My ultimate goal is to work myself out of a job, successfully. 

Where is your office located?

My Central Florida office is located in the historic district of Longwood, FL. It is inside a yellow historic home called the “Milwee House”

172 W. Warren Avenue

Longwood, FL 32750

I am also available for tele-health if you are unable to travel to my office.

What are your hours?

I have varying hours that I try to work with my clients. Typically, between 9am-7pm. Monday through Friday. Saturday- occasionally as announced. 

How do I set up an initial consultation?

You may call/text me at 407-801-4846 or can email me at Rachelle@Illuminatingpathwaysfl.com or fill out an inquiry on this website. 

How much paperwork do I have to fill out?

Once we book an appointment. I will email an Informed Consent, Notice of Privacy Practices, and Basic Client demographics page. For couples, I send an assessment for each partner. 

With whom do you work with?

With people experiencing trauma, anxiety and depression. With couples needing to reconnect. And with parents and teens looking to heal their relationships.

Tell me something fun about you? 

I absolutely love manatees. They have such a serene persona and love to interact with humans. I make a commitment to swim with them at least once a year.