Mindful Counseling, LLC

    Pamela Wagner, LMSW

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Do you have evening or weekend appointments? 

I typically see clients until 7p. Unfortunately, I do not have weekend appointments at this time.  


Do you accept credit cards?

Yes, I take Visa, MasterCard, and Discover as well as cash and checks.


Can I call you during the week if there is a crisis?

Absolutely. If I am not available and you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please call 911 or your county crisis line (Johnson County, KS Crisis Line 913 831-2550).  


What should I expect at my first session?

I will ask that you arrive 10 minutes early to complete initial paperwork and consent forms. During your first session, I will listen to your concerns and situation, learn what you want to achieve in counseling, share my approach to therapy and then we will get started!


Why should I see someone who isn't covered by my insurance?
Even if you have good mental health benefits, paying out of pocket has a variety of advantages, including: 
  • Freedom in choosing your provider. You can choose a provider that is the best fit for you and more consistent with your values.
  • No mental health disorders on your medical record (you don't need to meet "medical necessity" with a documented diagnosis)
  • You can seek treatment for personal concerns, family communication difficulties, and other issues that insurance typically does not cover
  • The length, frequency, and duration of therapy is based on your needs, not your managed health care restrictions
  • You have more control over how your personal health information is used


There are so many therapists out there! How do I choose?

Research has shown that the relationship is the most important indicator of success in therapy.  Unfortunately, it is difficult to determine from a website whether you will connect well with a therapist. There are a few things you can do to help you decide:

  • Look at a therapist's specialties and experience. Does he or she know how to work with your specific needs and issues?
  • Therapy is one of those things where intuition and "vibes" can be important.  Trust your gut instinct.
  • Most therapists offer free short consultations to determine whether you're a good fit. If you can't decide between a handful of options, that initial contact is a great non-committal way to get a feel for their personality and style.