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12/08/2011
By: mickeyson
Seacoast Mental Health Center
I went here with my husband for couseling and we saw Paula. I would not recommend her. During therapy she expressed signs of anger towards some of the things we spoke about, which I think is very inappropriate for a therapist to do. In my opinion, a therapist should not get emotional about issues that come up. Also, the biggest reason I gave such a low rating is because during the time I was seeing her, I had a manic episode and was hospitalized. While I was in the hospital, Paula spoke with my mother to get more information regarding the history of my bipolar disorder!! This is completely out of line and totally breaks confidentiality of the relationship I had with her (Paula). This is when we decided not to see her anymore. The only reason I gave 2 stars instead of 1 is because she gave us some practical advise regarding some financial matters that was helpful. Other than that, I think she would do better off in another line of work.
Tips & Advices
During the first session, the participants might talk about the issues and goals of their relationship, as well as what to expect. Subsequent sessions might involve learning tools to communicate better.
The average cost of a session with a counselor in 2017 is around at $90 an hour. The cost ranges from $60- $130 an hour. Some counselors offer package deals and might take insurance.
The length of relationship counseling varies depending on the therapist’s technique, and the couple’s goals and needs. But some couples may see improvement after a few sessions.
The 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act requires coverage of counseling services to be equal to physical health coverage. Check with your employers’ plan benefits or as your HR representative or insurance company directly.
Pre-divorce counseling is required in some states, while others have bills pending making it a requirement of divorce proceedings.

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