The basics

How do I setup my first appointment?

We’d prefer to speak with you on the phone, for a brief consult, but you are more than welcome to contact us through email. All communication we have with you is confidential, regardless if you become a patient or not.

Give us a call.

How much does counseling cost?

Counseling can be a financial challenge for many people. Sage Hill Counseling offers several options to help you get the assistance you need. Our therapists have different hourly rates ranging from $95–$255/session. We also offer sliding scale through our graduate student interns that begin at $35/session.

To be effective, counseling requires a commitment to growth. Investing in your self will be one of the most important things you ever do.

Do you accept insurance?

We DO NOT accept any third part billing. We are not paneled with any insurance companies, but we can give you a dated receipt that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. You will need to ensure that your insurance company will accept receipts from out-of-network providers. You may also be able to use your health savings account.

How do I pay for my session?

Payment is due in full at the conclusion of each session. You may pay by credit/debit, check or cash.

What if I’ve tried counseling before?

Many of our clients have tried counseling before and it didn’t help. Our unique approach ingrates psychology, theology, and physiology, as well as story, working close-in, and embracing mystery. Learn more about how we help.

How long is a typical session?

Most typical sessions last one clinical hour (50 minutes) sometimes longer (90 minutes).

For some situations and circumstances, we offer intensives that can be anywhere from a half-day to multiple days.

Do you have a cancellation policy?

Cancellations must be made 24 hours before a scheduled appointment. If you fail to give this notice or miss your appointment you will be charged your full fee.

What should I expect at my first appointment?

Arrive 5-10 minutes early so that you have time to read and complete any necessary paperwork. In the first session, your therapist will ask why you are seeking help and begin to develop some goals for your therapy. Additionally, your therapist will talk with you about the nature therapy and answer any questions you have.

How often will I meet with my therapist?

New patients are asked to commit to a weekly session. Regular and consistent appointments lead to the best outcomes. Generally you will meet a minimum of weekly with your therapist. Periodically people need to meet more frequently. Occasionally people meet less often for maintenance.

About therapy

What exactly is therapy?

Therapy is soul care. The term “psychotherapy” comes from the Greek words for soul and healing. Professionally, it is a intentional way of caring for people by helping them live more fully by skillfully exploring and treating the issues of the heart to help you heal and grow emotionally, relationally and spiritually.

From our perspective, it ultimately means helping people know and honestly face their story, and in the process, learn to live more fully.

Are therapy and counseling different?

Yes, actually, they’re quite different. Psychotherapy works to effect change from the inside out by helping patients uncover and change the deeper issues that are the seedbed of the surface problems. Psychotherapy generally aims at promote healing and growth at the most profound levels.

In contrast, counseling traditionally is a top down approach that focuses on problem solving and behavioral change.

How does therapy help?

Therapy helps people identify, address and heal emotional and psychological wounds or problems. From our perspective, it means those things but much more.

Sage Hill Counseling helps professionals and their families, heal, grow and mature by learning to better live their story, rediscover a deeper sense of themselves, develop more authentic relationships and live increasingly fulfilling lives.

What sort of things does counseling treat?

There are many reasons someone may seek therapy. At Sage Hill, we see patients for a range of issues, including: anxiety, depression, addiction, marriage and couples therapy, sexual abuse recovery, men’s issues, women’s issues, sexual integrity (infidelity, pornography, illicit relationships, sex addiction), grief and loss, physical and emotional abuse recovery, relationships and life transitions, career counseling, spiritual formation, group therapy for men, women, and couples.

How long does treatment take?

The length of therapy is always the client’s decision. The duration of therapy will depend largely on your needs, goals, and progress. Many concerns can be resolved with short-term therapy. Chronic and/or more complex concerns require longer commitments before lasting change is realized. Therapy sessions typically last 50-90 minutes and are scheduled weekly.

I've seen a therapist before and it didn't work out.

There are many qualified therapists and counselors doing wonderful, healing work. Sometimes perceived success or failure with a certain professional is a matter of timing or fit. A patient or client might not be ready to do what is needed. That in and of itself can be about timing. Other times, the professional might have a style or approach that isn’t in harmony with the patient’s needs. And still other times, the patient or client might be unwilling to do the work that’s needed to benefit from therapy.

Is it normal to be anxious to come talk to a therapist?

It can be. It takes courage to honestly face your life, your heart and your story and to tell a complete stranger about it. We understand that life sometimes doesn’t work. We understand that tragedy is a part of everyone’s life story. While we aren’t in the business of making you feel good (going through therapy as a patient is hard work and is rarely comfortable), we will do everything we can to cultivate and nurture a relationship of mutual trust and respect to give you an environment that is supportive. In such an environment, fear and fears can be discussed openly.

Can I tell my therapist everything?

Yes. We encourage discussion about anything and everything. Our goal is to help in your healing process. If we believe that you are at risk of harming yourself or someone else, we are mandated by law to report it to the appropriate authority so that you can get the help that you need.

See our confidentiality policy here.

About Sage Hill

How is Sage Hill Counseling different?

Our unique approach has three distinguishing characteristics:

What is the significance of the name Sage Hill?

The word sage means wisdom, as it’s often used in reference to a wise person. But sage, the herb, has been considered a healing herb since ancient times. It seemed appropriate for the work that we do and the type of people we strive to be.

Hill is a place of perspective and of daily living (as opposed to a mountain top).

Do you incorporate faith in your practice?

We are not a faith-based counseling center. We never try and convert or persuade you into a certain type of belief system system. However, the principles of the Christian faith are very much a part of our practice. It’s safe to say that they guides it. This doesn’t mean that you must be a Christian to be able to benefit from therapy. Our patients come from a variety of faith and non-faith backgrounds and experiences.

What is the Spiritual Root System?

The Spiritual Root System is the philosophical home of our therapeutic approach. At its most basic, the Spiritual Root System brings us beyond our mind, into the mysterious places of spirituality. It is only there – in the heart and spirit – that we can get to know and heal the roots of who we are. It allows every individual to be who they are made to be, so they can do what they are made to do.

The roots of every human heart, regardless of religious faith and inclination, are made of our feelings, needs, desires, longings and hope. By addressing our roots (and from where they draw their nourishment), we begin to live free—not bound by the narratives of our pasts (psychology) or our biological drives.

Do you have any specialties?

Our practice covers a broad spectrum which includes: recovery from sexual abuse, addictions, disorders and trauma. More specifically, we treat anxiety, depression, men’s issues, women’s issues, sexual integrity (infidelity, pornography, illicit relationships, sex addiction), grief and loss, physical and emotional abuse recovery, relationships and life transitions, career counselling and spiritual formation.

We have been successful treating most emotional health problems, disorders, and crises. If we ever were to feel a patient or client could be better served by someone other than us, we’d actively help them find that help. Our ultimate goal is to help you heal.

Have more questions?

We’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.