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What are your rates?

 

 

Counseling / Therapy

 

- $150 Initial intake session (up to 90 min.)

- $90 Individual session (1 person)

- $100 Couples / Marital / Dyad session (2 persons)

- $110 Family session (3 or more persons)

- $55 Group Therapy session (per individual, or $75 per couple)

 

Payment is due in full at time services are rendered.  All major credit cards are accepted.

 

Do you offer a sliding fee scale? 

Yes, we do.  

 

Relationship Checkup Assessment 

- $100 per couple without narrative report, or $135 per couple, including narrative report, which includes an array of proven, helpful resources. 

 

PREPARE / ENRICH Assessment

- Certified Facilitator couples assessment of strengths and growth areas.  Excellent for couples preparing for marriage, and married couples looking to enrich their marriage.

 

Divorce Consultation - 

- $150 for one 1-hour consultation.  A non-therapy, focused, balanced consultation concerning divorce and what it may entail for you as an individual, couple, and family, particularly for the children.

 

Can we do counseling online and not just in your office?

Our telecounseling is private and HIPAA-compliant. We earned a State Board specialization in January, 2019 in TA ("technology-assisted") telemental health counseling for clients anywhere across the state of Arkansas. Telecounseling can take place by video, email, or telephone.  Face-to-face or remotely, our fees are the same. You can rest assured we are fully trained and meet all requirements per law, and our profession's ethics, concerning telecounseling. We utilize Doxy.me for secure video telecounseling, and Hushmail for secure email and transfer of any documents. 

 

Do you accept insurance?

Not at this time.

 

Do you accept walk-ins?

Appointment only, please.  We offer flexible hours, including some evenings and Saturday mornings.

 

Do you provide emergency, crisis or after-hours services?

No.  If you have an emergency, please go to your nearest healthcare facility, ER, or call 911.

 

What is a CFTP?  What is a CATP, a CSAM?

We have earned the respected Certified Family Trauma Professional (CFTP), Certified Specialist in Anger Management (CSAM), and the Certified Child & Adolescent Trauma Professional (CATP) credentials.  As a systems theory-trained therapist, we understand that trauma experienced by one person changes entire families.  We are fully qualified to conduct both children's and adult's highly specialized trauma therapy, and also to uniquely work with the surrounding family around trauma, and with families of traumatized children. 

Can you provide therapy for trauma?

We have completed formal training, as well as mandatory doctoral-level, trauma-specific consultation in the areas of children's and adult trauma and PTSD.  We can provide TF-CBT for children and their families, and can provide CPT for older adolescents and adults, as well as EMDR-II. We are also qualified to provide all of these proven trauma therapies remotely, including EMDR. We are accepted as a member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals. 

My child is having a behavior problem. Can you help?

We believe behavior is a language; a symptom, not a cause, of a problem.  Kids often can't talk out a problem they're facing, so they act it out - and that's where "problematic behavior" comes from.  Behavior will tell you much - if you know how to listen. But we don't just treat children's behavior, but nearly any behavior of adults. We don't just topically treat "behavior", but go deeper and look for why it's occurring - as well as for how it may be being vicariously or directly reinforced.  For a behavior to change, first the target problem behavior must be identified, and a desired behavioral goal set.  What do you want to see less of, and see more of? We are trained in conducting a professional and comprehensive FBA  (Functional Behavioral Assessment).  From there, together with you we can create a realistic, strengths-based plan to modify behavior. 

 

Do you turn anyone away because they might live or love or think or believe differently than you do?

That's a direct question, and we're going to give it the respect of a direct answer.  No.

 

Do you practice novel kinds of therapy, such as to experiment to see what works?  How do I know what's safe, or legitimate?

An ethical mandate that all therapists are held to is to practice in the best interests of the client, and to honestly and accurately represent their qualifications to the public. It would be irresponsible for Sincera Wellness to use a novel kind of therapy without proper training and experience, as well as a clear rationale for it. We're not into novelty for novelty's sake. There's no fairy dust or unicorns at Sincera. Your life is serious business and that's how we treat it. We keep it simple and stick to work that is respected in the research and the profession.  

 

What is your position on Life Coaching; do you recommend it?  Is there anything I need to be aware of?

Click the "Blog" tab above, to see our July, 2019 blog article on critical differentiations between therapy, and life coaching any person considering coaching should be aware of.

 

What makes Sincera different than other, larger mental health providers?

Instead of trying to compete with larger, corporate-style providers, Sincera Wellness takes pride in specializing in its unique, smaller and more local nature. Bigger isn't always better. You are very important to us and we're small and personal enough to be relatable and warm, but still professional and competent.  We still believe in the integrity of the handshake.  We work, live, and play right here in the community.  We regularly donate professional services, perform speaking engagements to educate the community right here in our own neighborhood and well beyond. We are small, friendly, and neighborly.  

 

It is to all our benefit that this community, its families, businesses, churches, schools are healthy and thriving.  We bring business in and promote other businesses in the community. We support our local EMS and volunteers.  We educate the public about mental health issues, typically without charge. 

 

We advocate for those who cannot for themselves, such as vulnerable populations.  We welcome clients from all walks of life, experiences and backgrounds, and we treat everyone with respect and worth equally.  You are welcome here. You'll almost never have to wait for your therapist, wait weeks or even months for an appointment.  We are invested in you being a satisfied client.  You'll never be known to Sincera as just a number, but you, as the whole person. 

 

Is your office the only location we can do therapy?

Sincera has in the past frequently provided in-home counseling. Occasionally, we can still offer this, particularly to a homebound, medically ill client.  We can occasionally provide counseling services at church, hospital and hospice center locations as well.

 

Can I just schedule my own appointment on your website without calling?

Convenient?  Of course.  But we're a little old school, and proud of it...we like the human approach.  It also circumvents the priceless opportunity we both have to talk with each other first. We're a believer that the therapeutic relationship begins long before you ever step into our office.  We look forward to the human touch and can't wait to talk with you!

 

Do you offer a free consultation?

Sincera offers a complimentary 10-minute consultation so that we can talk, and see if we are a good fit for one another before scheduling an actual therapy session.  This free consultation is available by telephone by appointment.  It neither obligates you or Sincera so feel free to call.  

 

I'm not familiar with "Parent Coordination" and I need some help for my children in a nasty divorce...

This therapist is a trained Parent Coordinator (PC) for parents who are in a divorce or coparenting situation.  Please know that therapy, and parent coordination, are completely separate roles.  Coparenting counseling, and Parent Coordination, are NOT the same thing.  It would be unethical and not very objective for a therapist to provide Parent Coordination services while also serving as your therapist at the same time.  Parent Coordination is not a clinical, therapeutic role, and is not under HIPAA law in terms of confidentiality.  PCs typically do not take part in changing custody arrangements. PCs are required to possess a masters or doctoral degree and a professional background, such as counseling or law. Typically, attorneys, therapists, psychologists, social workers may serve as PCs.   Parent Coordination fees are typically divided between the parents.  

 

We are a certified approved facilitator in the "One Heart, Two Homes" coparenting curriculum, designed by MMFT therapist team Jay & Tammy Daughtry.  We also offer the "Cooperative Parenting and Divorce" coparenting curriculum, designed by therapists Susan Boyan, LMFT and Ann Marie Termini, LPC. Both excellent, proven structured programs are endorsed by the legal, counseling and pastoral professions, have been used in family court systems around the nation with great success, are solidly oriented around systems theory, are strengths- and evidence-based, and excellent when used as an individual or group course, coparenting class, or in coparenting counseling. Either includes a certificate of completion for presentation to your family court judge. 

 

About half of all marriages will end in divorce.  Over 40% of children today are born into relationships that are often uncommitted and already experiencing difficult coparenting strife. Sometimes if the coparents can't or won't come to a mutual agreement or work smoothly together for the children's benefit, the court must step in for the protection of the children.  Please see the "Parent Coordination" tab on this website for more information. 

 

Do you offer Christian therapy?

Yes, we do, and it is always at the choice of the client.  We are honored to pray with and for the client if they choose.

 

Do you prescribe or recommend as a part of therapy, any alternative / naturopathic remedies, herbals, oils/diffusers, vitamins, foods, supplements, etc.?

Sincera Wellness would be venturing outside its professional scope of practice to either prescribe, sell, or professionally recommend the use or effectiveness of any products such as these.  We always encourage a medical evaluation by a physician to discuss any risks or benefits of these options.  

 

Do you offer group therapy?

Groups are practical and economical.  $55 per individual or $75 per couple, per session. 

 

"Blended or Blitzed: Winning at the Blended Family Journey"... our own workbook.  Straightforward points on not falling prey to the most prevalent minefields determined to destroy your blended marriage and family before it even begins. Format suitable for e-course, group therapy, church, community group, seminar.  Available on Amazon Kindle (see link on "Library" tab).

 

The "PREPARE / ENRICH Assessment" is a proven resource that can help married and premarried couples quickly identify both strengths and growth areas.  We are a certified PREPARE / ENRICH Facilitator.  Contact us if you or your group, church, are interested in this valuable marital / premarital service, including offering specialized holistic and comprehensive premarital counseling services.

As a marriage & family therapist trained at Gottman method Level II we are fully qualified to offer the Gottman Relationship Checkup for couples. Astutely assessing 5 key areas of relationships, this psychometric tool is excellent for helping couples plan effective strategies and address particular areas. We provide a detailed narrative as well.

 

 

All couples, and parenting, options with Sincera Wellness, LLC can be easily customized for

the unique needs of the blended family and marriage.

 

 

We're coming from out of town, bringing our entire family.  We can't easily travel back and forth for weekly sessions.  Could you offer us "marathon sessions", or a "block" of sessions for one day?

Certainly.  This counseling practice is pleased to offer convenient and practical back-to-back block sessions.  For example, several sessions in one day, with brief breaks in between.  

 

How does it usually work when you first see a client?  Generally, how do you do therapy?  What is your financial policy? 

The client is asked to arrive about 30 minutes early in order to complete paperwork.  Payment in full is due at time services are rendered.  The first session is an initial intake up to 90 minutes and is $150.  When scheduling the first (intake) appointment, your payment information (i.e. credit card) must be provided at that time in order for the appointment to be held.  If the appointment is not kept and is not cancelled at least 24 hours in advance, the credit card will be charged for the full amount.

 

The first session will be devoted to getting to know each other, establishing the client's history, and what goals the client would like to accomplish in therapy.  Therapy with Sincera usually takes an eclectic, strengths-based and future-focused approach, focusing on your goals and your competence, always searching for your strengths and resources.  We have a saying - "We look for the good in you. And we always find it."

 

Do you do speaking engagements for groups?

Absolutely, and we have done this frequently for both large and small groups.  We can discuss the array of topics that appeals to a range of audiences from married / premarried couples, families, women, classes, businesses, schools, clubs, churches, etc.  

 

Can I fill in the forms early and bring them with me to the first appointment?

Certainly.  Once your initial intake appointment is scheduled and your credit card information is provided to hold the first appointment, you are welcome to request the forms via MaryAnne@sincerawellness.net to complete and sign them in advance if you prefer, and bring them with you.  Or if you prefer, you may arrive 30 minutes early before the first appointment to complete them. 

 

Could you host a customized marriage encounter or retreat for us?

Certainly, and creative, open-ended options include doing so in the comfort of your own home, or at a resort location, which may include accommodations, a gift certificate for dinner for two, welcome basket, massage for two, in a relaxing, private atmosphere, in an all-inclusive format.  We are in an award-winning, relaxing resort community, near a lake with record world class fishing, clean water, beautiful scenery, a new hotel with restaurant and spa services available, and award-winning golf courses.  Contact us for details.

 

Do you offer counseling/therapy services for employers and their employees?

Yes.  The research has confirmed that employees, being the human beings they are, do in fact "bring their problems to work with them", and this can have a dramatic impact on turnover, absenteeism, low employee morale, lowered profits and job dissatisfaction.  Happier employees - and their families - often make for a better business bottom line.  

 

I want to start therapy, but I'm afraid if my employer or family pays for it, or finds out about it, they'll be able to get information about me, or my records...

This is an understandable and common concern.  Clients have a certain right to confidentiality, but there are limits as well.  Please do not consider this website, or the social media presence of this practice, as a substitute for therapy, and neither can guarantee privacy.  Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with your rights, as well as the limitations, of confidentiality, at 

https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-individuals/guidance-materials-for-consumers/index.html .  

What is your position on working with churches?

We believe a healthy church and a good therapist can and should work as a systemic, holistic team whenever possible.  Any church is only as healthy as its leadership and members. Referrals by churches are always welcome, whether of staff or members.  We can contribute a very helpful, practical grief, parenting, divorce, coparenting, premarital, and marital resource to your church, no matter how small.  We can offer everything from a 30-minute talk to a small group, to a half-day, full-day or 2-day teaching seminar or larger conference.  

 

You work with blended families and marriages.  Can you explain what makes a blended family different than a traditional family?

Our culture assumes that the blended family has few differences from the "traditional" family.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  The blended family and marriage have usually already witnessed hurt, anger, loss of security and stability, shattered trust, loss of a support network, questioning of their faith, severe financial disruption, loss of a home, and have had to make severe adjustments that can often take years.  One area consistently ignored in our culture is that both children and adults in a blended family are often still suffering from grief and loss.  The remarriage statistically experiences another divorce about 65-70% of the time.  A third marriage is at even higher risk.  One of our priorities at Sincera is staying closely abreast with the evolving research in the field surrounding the blended family and coparenting.  We've personally lived this journey - we are a coparent, and have been in a blended family for over thirty years.  There isn't much about this unique environment that escapes us.

 

 

We are committed to not only supporting the blended family and coparents but helping the church, school, business, and community become more educated about and supportive of the unique challenges and strengths of the blended family and coparents.

 

 

We're going through a divorce.  Can I bring my children in for therapy?  Could we do therapy, even if we're divorcing, or already divorced?

Absolutely; in fact, we recommend counseling for any child (really, any parent) when the parents' relationship breaks up.  "Divorce or parental separation" are included as one of the pivotal "Adverse Childhood Experiences" (ACEs), a groundbreaking study by the Kaiser Permanente organization and the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention - a study which literally changed the very face of how we look at trauma, childhood adversity, and resilience.  ACEs have been absolutely proven to be associated with health and social problems that children suffer, sometimes over a lifetime. 

 

Sincera Wellness is a listed provider with the website "Divorceify" ( https://divorceify.com/professional/profile/arkansas/therapist/mary-anne-gunter).  Simply enter the zipcode "72088", for our profile.

 

I'm considering calling a divorce attorney.  I'm not sure how a divorce will affect me or my family. Is there something that might help me make a more informed decision?

The irrefutable fact is that about half of marriages will end in divorce.  Even as a professional marriage & family therapist, we realize that not every marriage can be saved. Or wants to be. We have seen some people become emotionally healthy after a divorce, as well as some people make their marriage stronger than ever before.  We are not going to attempt to talk you into, or out of, a divorce.  We provide a non-judgmental, fair and balanced one-hour (non-therapy) consultation for anyone considering divorce.  The research is showing  that it often isn't divorce itself that can deeply hurt children (yet it usually does), as much as the chronic parental conflict during and after the divorce. No divorce has to be acrimonious, laced with years of bitter court battles.  Sincera can help you work towards your focused, practical goals, such as visitation, division of parental responsibilities, communication, getting stability back again, handling grief, coparenting together to keep the children's lives (and yours) as stable as possible.  

 

Seeking  professional therapy is often considerably less costly for everyone (not only financially) than actually proceeding with a divorce.  Divorce is ranked as one of the highest life stressors a person can experience.  Sincera Wellness cannot ethically advise you on legal matters.  Please seek legal counsel for any legal matter.

 

$150 for a one-hour professional consultation, which includes an array of proven, objective resources, goal-setting, and discussing cooperative parenting, all of which can aid in making this critically important lifetime decision a well-informed and responsible one.

 

Ending a relationship can also bring with it new growth, health, new goals and a re-start in life. We are truly unique in that we also offer a dignified and affirming "The Good Goodbye" session(s) for couples who have made the conscious decision to end their romantic relationship, while still choosing to remain mutually-respectful partners in parenting, and/or to reflect on the things they learned positively and gained through the experience of their past relationship.

 

What is the policy on seeing children as clients?

As a systems theory-trained therapist, we examine the challenges children experience through the lens of the larger, surrounding context, such as family.  No minor may be seen by Sincera Wellness without the signed authorization of the legal custodial parent or guardian at, or before, the first appointment.  In cases of divorce, custody, visitation, etc., then a copy of an executed Court Order, designating the legal custodial parent / legal guardian, will be required at, or before, the first appointment before the child will be seen.  

 

Do you refer clients to other healthcare providers / practitioners?

We embrace a circular, holistic approach that supports the union of mind, body, and spirit, as well as a philosophy of proactive prevention whenever possible.  We maintain a well-rounded network of multidisciplinary providers and resources to help individuals, couples, and families.  Sincera Wellness, LLC is not liable for any services, etc. by any other provider or resource other than Sincera.

 

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