COUNSELING:

"A life without change is not a life; it is a stagnant pool. To change your mind frivolously is a cop-out. To change your mind under the direction of the wisdom of the heart is a brush stroke on the masterpiece you are delivering to the world. "
— Alan Cohen, "Dare To Be Yourself"

Combining philosophies of Insight-Oriented Psychotherapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Personal Growth Coach, Ellen Harris believes that each individual is endowed with inner wisdom, and the answers we need are within us. She works as a facilitator in the process as she assists adults and couples in identifying their needs and wants, and encourages emotional healing and goal setting for improvement. With a warm, inviting personality, and a lively sense of humor, Ellen is successful in removing the stigma attached to therapy, instilling hope and facilitating the healing process.

Key points to success with Counseling:  

  • Therapy should be kept as brief as possible.
  • All sessions are confidential, abiding by the laws and rules of the State of Florida and by the ethical guidelines of the American Counseling Association.
  • 60% of success in counseling is attributed to the relationship between counselor and client. This relationship is built on trust, genuineness, and unconditional positive regard.
  • Client and Counselor collaborate to identify needs and goals.
  • Counselor uses an integrative approach - combining insight with solutions.
  • Counselor views each person as unique and considers personality, life experiences, cultural and world views of each individual.

RELATIONSHIP COUNSELING:

"The truth is, that in our most profound relationships our deepest fears come up for healing. They come up because we feel safe enough with our partner to look at the shadowy aspects of ourselves and begin to integrate them into our awareness."
— Paul Ferrini


In working with couples, Ellen acknowledges that relationships can be complicated. Most relationships go through change as individuals grow and evolve over time. Couples’ Counseling or Relationship Coaching is usually short term. Initially, an assessment is preformed to ensure both members of the couple have the same goals for the relationship. After this is determined, Ellen has remarkable success with couples using a Reality-Based Approach:

  • What do you want from your relationship?
  • What are you doing to make it happen?
  • Evaluate how that works for you.
  • If it’s NOT working – come up with a new plan of action for the relationship.


"When you struggle with your partner, you are struggling with yourself. Every fault you see in them touches a denied weakness in yourself.
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— Deepak Chopra

GROUP COUNSELING:

Ellen realizes the importance of group therapy and offers a variety of personal growth groups. There is power in sharing ourselves with others and gaining from their experience, strength and hope. Groups are usually 4-6 weeks, have between 5-7 members, and cover a variety of topics surrounding personal growth, assertiveness, or mental wellness. Ellen is available to facilitate groups in a private setting, or in her office on evenings and weekends. A typical group is described in the attached brochure. Call for more details.

HOURS:

Flexible hours Monday - Friday

FEES:

  • Payment: Check, Cash or Credit Card— MasterCard or Visa accepted. Payment is due at the time of your appointment.
  • The fee for a 50-minute counseling session is $150.00. If this is a hardship for you, feel free to discuss it with Ellen at the time of your consultation.
  • Ellen is a provider with a limited number of insurance companies and will discuss this on an individual basis. On the occasions when she is not a provider for an insurance company, Ellen provides an insurance-ready receipt that may be submitted for insurance reimbursement.
  • Phone consultations must be scheduled in advance and will be billed at the normal rate.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

A 24-hour advance notice is requested for all cancellations. If appointments are cancelled with less than 24-hour notice, clients will be subject to the full cost of the appointment.

IMPORTANT ISSUES TO CONSIDER WHEN FILING FOR INSURANCE REIMBURSEMENT:

  • Billing insurance means that your treatment is considered "medically necessary” and will require psychiatric diagnosis.  This information is submitted to your health record and will follow you throughout life. When submitting application for insurance payment, counseling sessions must be justified in order for insurance to pay. Most clients are struggling with general life issues, and do not meet criteria for a psychiatric diagnosis.
  • Confidentiality is an extremely important aspect of counseling. When using insurance, your confidentiality may be at risk. Your medical records must be reviewed and information is often transmitted through the Internet.
  • Involving insurance companies may compromise the ability to make decisions about your treatment.  Often, people who do not know you will decide whether you may have counseling or not, and the number of sessions you are allowed to attend may be limited.

 

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