What To Expect

The marriage therapists, family therapists, and individual counselors at Emily Cook Therapy in Bethesda, MD offer a complimentary telephone consultation. These calls are helpful to thoughtfully discuss what’s going on for you right now, your goals for therapy, and how we will work together to achieve positive results.

Before calling, please read the following answers to commonly asked questions about what to expect in counseling at Emily Cook Therapy in Bethesda, MD. Also, please read our responses to some of the common myths about therapy. You can also learn about our practice through our short videos.

When can I make an appointment?

Our practice is accepting new clients and has immediate counseling and therapy appointments available in Bethesda, MD.

What type of appointments do you offer? How long are sessions?

We primarily meet with clients in-person at our office in Bethesda, MD. However, in certain cases where appropriate, we also offer electronic therapy and/or career coaching via phone.

Couples typically attend 90 minute sessions, to allow enough time for both partners to fully express themselves. Couples in discernment counseling follow a specific session format of individual and couple conversations that require 90 minute sessions. Extended 2 hour sessions are also available.

Individuals and families typically come for 50 minutes, although sometimes longer sessions are helpful to address particularly challenging concerns. Play therapy appointments are typically 50 minutes, and include both individual play therapy time for the child and consultation for the parent(s).

Michelle Collins and Kaitlin Doyle provide therapy services in English and Spanish.

Our office is lap-baby and nursing mother friendly. Please arrange for child care during your appointment for children under the age of 12. Adolescents 13 and older may sit in our suite’s waiting room unsupervised during your session. Parents of a child in play therapy may keep siblings with them in the waiting room, where we have a few activities and books (children in the waiting room must be supervised by a parent).

Our office is LGBTQ friendly. The building offers single person, gender-neutral bathrooms.

How much does therapy cost?

Therapy is a smart investment in the relationships that are important to you, including your relationship with your self. Our counselors work hard to help you achieve therapy goals with your budget in mind. Adult clients typically begin to feel relief within two or three sessions, and many continue attending weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly sessions to continue progressing towards goals and more satisfying relationships. Children and adolescents may experience relief within one to two months of therapy.

For your convenience, we accept cash, checks, all major credit cards, and HSA accounts with check/debit capability. There is no surcharge for weekend or evening appointments. All therapists charge the same fees:

  • Single (50 minute) session, $165
  • Double (90 minute) session, $285
  • Extended (120 minute) session, $385
  • Prepare/Enrich premarital counseling sessions are available at a discounted session rate
May I use my health insurance to pay for therapy?

We do not accept insurance as a direct form of payment, unless you are able to use your HSA checking account/debit card as a credit card. As a fee-for-service practice, we offer privacy as well as the freedom to explore your concerns without receiving a mental health disorder diagnosis and without interference from your insurance company’s intake specialists or claims reviewers. However, many insurance plans provide out-of-network coverage for counseling services. We have a high rate of success with helping clients receive reimbursement for our therapy services in Bethesda, MD. Please contact us for further details if you are interested in submitting invoices for out-of-network reimbursement coverage.

Where is your office located? Where can I park?

Please read the information provided on our Contact Us page to learn about our downtown Bethesda, MD location and where to park.

Ready to schedule an appointment with a top Bethesda, MD therapist? Read more about our counseling services. Then give us a call.