Barton Counseling Services


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What happens during my first session?
A: Our therapists aim to make all therapy sessions as comfortable and helpful as possible. During the first session, we will begin gathering historical and current information regarding the request for help. This assists the therapists in providing the most effective services. We also want to make sure that each person seeking help has a clear understanding of his or her therapist's qualifications, practice methods, and general style. Therapy involves a professional relationship between client and therapist, and this begins with the first meeting. 

Q: Does Barton Counseling Services accept insurance?
A: The therapists at Barton Counseling Services are considered out of network providers and are not on insurance panels. We would be happy to provide clients with paperwork to submit for out of network reimbursement. 

Q: Does Barton Counseling Services offer sliding scale fees?
A: We offer lower-cost services that are provided by LPC Interns. The LPC Interns are supervised by Melissa Barton, MA, LPC-S. 

Q: What is an LPC Intern?
A: An LPC Intern is an individual who has completed a Master's degree in Psychology or related field, passed the National Counselor's Exam, and has become licensed in the state in which he or she practices. For the first 3000 hours of therapeutic practice, an Intern must be supervised by a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor. Interns have completed a practicum during school and have began gathering field experience. Interns can provide therapy on their own, but meet weekly to discuss cases with their supervisor. 

Q: How long do sessions last?
A: 45-50 minutes typically.