Who comes for counseling at Wild Goose?
We provide counseling services to adults, elders, adolescents, and couples. We love to work with families, too, when appropriate.
We enjoy working with people from a variety of ethnic, cultural, and racial backgrounds, religions, spiritual and philosophical beliefs, social and socioeconomic classes, professional and blue-collar, genders and sexual orientations, and all the different stations of life. In short, we like humans.
What can we help with?
We have training, skills, and positive successes working with people who struggle with the following issues:
Trauma (childhood and adult) and PTSD, depression, anxiety, drug or alcohol addictions, relationship problems or concerns, adolescent/teenage issues, men’s issues, women’s issues, elder/retiree issues, domestic violence and abuse, adult FASD, bipolar disorder, ADHD, life transitions, grief and loss, parenting problems or concerns, family and blended family dynamics, spiritual abuse, self-worth, shame, disordered eating, hopelessness, anger, personality disorders, co-dependency, social anxiety, transgender issues, struggling to find meaning or purpose in life, coping with unwanted changes, job and career issues, LGBTQ issues, and more.
All of the above struggles are part of the experience of being human. You aren’t messed up and you aren’t broken. You are simply wrestling with difficult things and you are making the wise decision to reach out for help. If one or more of these issues is something you are carrying all alone, give us a call to schedule a free confidential phone consultation. Let’s see if Wild Goose is a match for your needs.
FREE Confidential* Phone Consultation for Potential Clients
At Wild Goose Counseling, we believe in the importance of a “good fit.” This is why we offer a free 15-minute confidential* phone consultation. What happens during your phone consultation? We invite you to talk with one of our licensed counselors and to briefly explain the nature of your problem and what you are hoping to get out of counseling.
We listen, and then we discuss with you what Wild Goose might be able to do for you—giving you the opportunity to decide if our approach feels like a good fit. If so, we schedule your first appointment. If, however, you are struggling with an issue outside our scope of practice, or if you express a desire for a style of counseling that we don’t offer, we will give you a verbal referral to a counselor or program that might be a better fit for your needs. Either way, you get help, and it’s completely free.
Do you provide counseling for children?
We primarily provide services for older teenagers as well as adults and elders. We specialize in adults and adolescents by both training and practice. If you have an older child or pre-teen that you think might benefit from counseling but you aren’t sure if they are too young, give us a call. We do accept some younger-teens/older-children, but only on a case-by-case basis.
Do you accept Denali Kid Care, Medicaid, or Medicare?
No. We are not able to take Medicaid or Medicare at this time. If you need counseling services in the Soldotna or Kenai area but do not have private insurance, you might try calling one or more of these three agencies, all of which provide Medicaid-billable counseling services and may also a sliding scale fee option: Central Peninsula Hospital’s Behavioral Health Department (includes Serenity House for addiction), Peninsula Community Health Services, or Dena’Ina Wellness Center
Will my insurance cover this?
The good news is, PROBABLY YES; but it is up to you to call your insurance company to find out what your specific plan covers. Most insurance plans cover a good portion (60-90%) of the cost for licensed professional counseling services.
Before you get started, we always suggest that you call your insurance company or visit their website to learn about your coverage for counseling. Find out how much is your deductible is, how many sessions are covered, whether prior authorization is needed to begin treatment, and how much is your co-pay (per session).
When you call, your insurance company may ask you some questions about us. We are all licensed professional counselors in the state of Alaska (LPC). Our regular individual psychotherapy sessions will be coded as 90837.
Can you bill my insurance?
Yes! We provide complimentary billing services for all of our clients. You are always responsible for any charges that your insurance company does not cover, such as your co-pay, which is due at the time of service.
I don’t have private insurance right now, but I want to get counseling services and I am able to pay cash. Can you see me if I’m self-pay?
Yes. We accept self-pay. Payment is due at the time of service. If you do not have insurance and do not qualify for Medicaid, we may be able to provide a sliding scale fee option. Please talk to the intake counselor for more information about this.
How much do you charge?
We charge the standard rate of $175 for a 60 minute individual psychotherapy session. This CPT code is 90837. If your insurance pays 80%, this means your usual co-pay will be about $35.00 per session.
Your very first appointment will be $225, however, as it is an assessment and may take 1-2 hours. During the assessment, your counselor will ask you many questions in order to gain a well rounded understanding of who you are, including your strengths, needs, background, current situation, and what you hope to gain out of your work in counseling. Towards the end of this session, your counselor will summarize thoughts and recommendations about what will be the most helpful approach for you and begin formulating the basis of a treatment plan.
If you are coming for counseling help for your relationship with a member of your family (most commonly problems you are having that are strongly related to interactions with a spouse or partner), this is typically billed as a “Family Therapy Session with Client.” The first session is still an assessment ($225, as above), but often with your family member or partner included. From there on out, you, your partner/family member, and the counselor will talk about which kinds of weekly sessions will best meet your needs. You will have the choice of short (often less emotionally-intense, more skills-oriented) sessions or longer ones (often more emotionally intense but covering more ground) sessions. The 60 Minute Family Session is $200, and the 90 Minute Family Session is $250.
Where are you located?
As a small and private counseling business, we rent office space in the upstairs of Karlene’s Acupuncture and Day Spa, located at 198 W Marydale Ave, Soldotna, Alaska. It’s just across the street from the main entrance of Central Peninsula Hospital and provides us with a relaxing and serene location to provide our services. Private parking is located in the back.
We do not have a receptionist and our counseling sessions at Karlene’s are by appointment only. If you would like to talk about making an appointment, call us at 907-953-9655 to do s.
Are you handicapped accessible?
No, but we may be able to work with your needs. Our regular offices are located up a half-set of stairs. We understand that not everybody is able to climb stairs, and your safety and comfort is important to us. If mobility is a difficulty for you, we have a few additional meeting options which may be available (usually on Sunday afternoons). Please ask us about these options when you call us.
What are some mental health/addiction issues that aren’t a fit for Wild Goose?
As a small private office, we are not able to provide counseling services for severe mental illness and/or severe addictions. We typically meet with our clients once each week, at most, and this simply isn’t enough for folks who are struggling with more severe problems or episodes. Your healing is our top priority, and there are agencies, programs, and residential treatment centers that are better equipped to meet such needs, helping you achieve stabilization. If you are interested in working with one of our counselors for after-care once you have reached a level of stabilization where you can maintain with once-a-week counseling supports, please do give us a call!
Safety First! Confidentiality Has Limits:
*Confidentiality has some limits. When you call us for a free phone consultation or have a counseling session with us, what you share typically stays between us, as per our confidentiality policy and ethics. Your privacy as a client or potential client is very important to us, as it should be. However, if you share with us that you are currently planning suicide, serious self-harm, or currently harming (or planning to harm) others—-especially a minor, an elder, or someone who relies on you for their care—-we are mandatory reporters and must contact the appropriate authorities. Your safety and the safety of others is a top priority to us. If this were to occur, we always do our best to let you know that a report has to be made.