Scheduling an appointment to see a therapist at LifeLens is an easy process. It is helpful to provide a range of your availabilities for appointment days and times when you call. Whether you reach a support staff member immediately, leave a voice message, or submit an email request for an appointment, a LifeLens clinician or a support staff member will reach out to you within 24-hours to schedule an appointment.
LifeLens’ clinicians are not available for walk-in appointments. If you are in crisis and need immediate assistance, it is recommended that you go to Common Ground where they are staffed to address immediate needs. Another recommended option is to go to your nearest hospital emergency room or to call 911.
There are five (5) primary forms that we ask to have completed before or during the intake process. Each of these forms can be found on this website and can be brought with you to the appointment:
Each LifeLens’ clinician maintains autonomy to manage their own schedule and clinicians make cell phone numbers available for that very purpose. Thus, contacting your therapist on their cell via text or voice message is the preferred method of changing or canceling scheduled appointments. Late cancellations may be subject to a fee as determined by your therapist.
Initial appointments are scheduled for 90 minutes and subsequent appointments are scheduled for either 45 minutes or 55 minutes.
There is opportunity at each appointment for patient inquiry. It is especially important in your first appointment that you ask questions that are important so you understand your specific treatment process.
A part of therapy involves inquiry about difficult subject matters. However, you reserve the right to determine how much and when you share personal information. Patients often experience a sense of relief after unburdening themselves of difficult subject matter.
If you are using an insurance program that LifeLens is able to accept, your cost will be determined by your insurance plan’s deductible obligation, co-insurance obligation, or co-pay obligation. Your therapist will be able to provide information to you about your specific plan. If LifeLens is not in your insurance plan’s network, LifeLens will request out of network benefits for your cost of treatment
Each clinician at LifeLens accepts cash-based patients and each clinician has the autonomy to establish his/her own private pay cash rate. Clinicians are able to administer a sliding scale in order to accommodate patient needs.
LifeLens will obtain information from your insurance company about coverage for mental health outpatient services and explain your coverage benefits to you. However, sometimes information changes based on changes in your insurance group’s coverage, or due to insurance company processing of claims. You are encouraged to follow-up with your insurance company to ensure you have a clear understanding of your coverage and your obligations.
Ultimately, each patient (or guardian of a patient) is responsible for their cost of treatment, whether it is entirely paid through insurance coverage, a combined payment plan of insurance and a co-pay, or a cash-based payment arrangement. If your insurance company fails to pay for your treatment, LifeLens will continue to pursue payment from the insurance company, but if those efforts are unsuccessful, you will be asked to bring your balance current.
Each patient’s mental health treatment is confidential. That confidentiality can be breached only through the following exceptions:
You will be asked to provide the name and telephone number of someone to contact in the event of an emergency.
Bringing someone with you to your first appointment may help ease anxiety or nervousness about a first session. As you feel more at ease, you may decide to meet alone with your therapist as this will provide the best opportunity for self-disclosure.
Your child’s therapist will always be glad to receive communication from you about your child, but the therapist is restricted in what they can share with you. Children are often more likely to share feelings and distress if they feel assured that their disclosure is maintained confidentially. This is an important question to discuss with your therapist at the time of your first appointment.
If you feel your therapist is not a good fit, you can ask that therapist for a referral to another LifeLens clinician or to a clinician at another mental health clinic. Another option is to speak to LifeLens support staff by telephone or message sent through the website, and a request for another therapist can be handled through those mechanisms.
Each of LifeLens’ clinicians have been educated and trained to work in the mental health field, and each clinician is licensed in the State of Michigan to provide treatment. Some of the common licensure statuses include:
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). All individuals licensed as LPC have a Masters degree in counseling. Some of LifeLens’ clinicians have additional certifications or licensure, such as Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC), Registered Play Therapist, and National Certified Counselor (NCC).
LifeLens does not have a staff psychiatrist for medication prescription. However, your therapist can recommend a number of psychiatrists to you.
During (or prior to) the admission process you will be offered an opportunity to consent (or decline) to communication between LifeLens and any other doctors or therapists that you see. You can consent to communication with as many providers as you like.
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