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Mary Lou Lyon, LPC

Providing Counseling Services for Healing and Growth

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Licensed Professional Counselor?

An LPC is licensed to provide mental health services through a licensing board in the state where he or she practices. Both Maryland and Virginia require a 60-credit masters degree in psychology from an accredited university, 3000-4000 hours of supervised counseling experience and passing of a licensing exam before a license is granted.

  

When should I see a counselor?

I believe that counseling can benefit anyone at any stage in life. Not all counseling is symptom related. However, if negative symtoms last for a month or more and nothing seems to change, you should call. You may consider counseling if you:

 

  • feel depressed or stressed
  • have had a significant loss
  • feel worried or anxious
  • have relational conflict at home or elsewhere
  • experience mood swings
  • have lost interest in activities or friends
  • suffer from low self-esteem
  • are in an abusive or controlling relationship
  • simply want to grow and enjoy life more fully

 

How long and how often are your sessions?

Sessions are 45 to 60 minutes in length and clients generally come weekly, especially at the start of our work together. After the work has progressed, some clients may choose to come every other week to maintain the changes that have been made. 

 

How long will it take?

The length of time someone remains in therapy varies from person to person depending on the issues you are working on and is ultimately your decision. I provide both short-term (3-6 months) and long-term (1 year or more) treatment and I will discuss my recommendations with you after we have met and I have assessed your needs.

 

What if I need medication?

As a professional counselor I am not licensed to write prescriptions. If we decide that medication might be an option, you will need to see a psychiatrist or other medical doctor. I can refer you to an appropriate psychiatrist or you may choose your own doctor. In either case, I can coordinate with this specialist to assure your best possible care.

 

What are your fees and do you accept insurance?

My fees are $120.00/ - 140.00 for individual psychotherapy and $140.00 for couples or family therapy. I am an in-network provider with Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO and Federal insurance plans. For other plans I accept out-of-network  benefits if your plan provides for them. In most cases I will bill your insurance carrier for you. For more detailed information go to the "Fees" section of my web site.

 

Are there risks to therapy and will it work?

Research indicates that therapy is a helpful process, but it also depends upon what you take away and apply in your life. While therapy is designed to have positive outcomes, sometimes painful feelings come to the surface and you may at times feel uncomfortable. I will help you process these feelings.