Couples Counseling

Thank you for your inquiry into couples counseling with our practice! After reviewing below information, please call us at (678) 965-9591 to schedule an appointment:
We have 2-3 counselors on staff for couples and partners: Dawn M. Echols, Brooke Williams-Turk, and an intern when available. Rates differ based on credentials. Couples in financial hardship can choose Brooke or an intern, when available, due to lower rates (see below).
Our couples model begins with 3 initial sessions, each session lasting 70-80 minutes. First, an intake, which consists of: informed consent, orientation to couples counseling, and gathering the couples’ history. The 2nd session consists of 2 (two) 45-minute appointments totaling 90 minutes and comprises a one-on-one session with each spouse/partner and the counselor. These back-to-back sessions collect an individual history with each partner. The 3rd session clarifies the problem areas, establishes counseling goals and begins work towards identified objectives. Most couples continue extended 70 or 80-minute sessions until less time is required. Most individual sessions are a standard “50 minute” hour, but couples tend to need more time. Rates will reflect the length of time reserved for the couple.
Brooke is a licensed associate professional counselor under supervision and specializes in co-parenting, premarital counseling, and counseling for newly married couples. Brooke is recommended for couples who have been married less than 10 years and/or are under age 38-40. She is available to any couple needing access to her lower rate due to financial hardship. Brooke excels in improved communication for couples as well as co-parenting for partners who may not be co-habitating or are separated, but share children. Brooke’s rate is $70 cash for 70 minutes, with 48 hours (2 business days) notice requested for cancellation. 
Dawn is a clinical supervisor, licensed counselor, and the executive director of Dawning Phoenix. She specializes in couples with ongoing training in couples’ dynamics. She most often sees couples that are experiencing conflict and/or disconnection, especially those who have been married at least 8-10 years or couples over 38-40 years of age. Rates for Dawn are $140 cash for up to 80 minutes, with 48 hours (2 business days) notice requested for cancellation.
When an intern is available, the rate is $50 for 80 minutes. More about interns, can be found on our website under the tab, About Our Staff. Call our main number to schedule with an intern.
Scheduled appointments: Brooke is available by appointment on Mondays & Tuesdays after 3 PM, with her last couples’ appointment at 6:30 PM. Dawn sees clients by appointment on rotating Wednesdays, Thursdays and/or Fridays from 1-8 PM. Our last couples’ session begins no later than 6:30 PM due to the extended session period. Evening appointments book first and cancellations are highly discouraged due to the impact on others. It is recommended you call the office to discuss scheduling as appointments are not booked via email.
Arrive at least 30 minutes early on the day of your first appointment. We can send 1-2 forms by email that you can complete ahead of time and bring with you, but both partners need to arrive 30 minutes early.
Clients receive a cash receipt upon payment at the beginning of the session. No credit cards nor checks are accepted, in keeping with a commitment to maintain lower rates. PLEASE HONOR THE CANCELLATION POLICY.
You may have noticed on the website that we do not accept any insurancedo not process any third-party payments, and do not usually provide a diagnostic code for insurance reimbursement. This meets several goals to serve clients, including lower costs and higher levels of confidentiality, with greater flexibility in client treatment. A payments summary, in the form of an invoice, can be provided for a document fee, allowing individuals to obtain reimbursement from a Health Savings Account, should that be an option for you.

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