Scott Thode, MA, PLPC
Under Supervision of
Dr. Joy Whitman, PhD
9233 Ward Parkway, #305
Kansas City, MO 64114
Psychotherapy offers Counselor Supervision, Individual Counseling, Psychiatric, and Psychological
Services, as well as Marriage Counseling, Couples Therapy, Adolescent Therapy and Online Video Counseling in the Kansas City area. We are conveniently located near Leawood, Prairie Village, Waldo, and Overland Park.
Scott Thode - Common Questions & FAQ
Do You Accept Insurance?
I am considered an out-of-network provider on several insurance panels. This means you can submit a diagnostic receipt eligible for partial fee reimbursement from your insurance company and/or can be applied to your annual deductible. Although many insurance companies reimburse a percentage of the fee, when you factor in not having to pay a co-pay, the difference is oftentimes similar. The benefit of not receiving counseling services provided through your insurance provider is that you can choose any counselor rather than being limited to only the providers on the insurance company's list. Another advantage is that everything we discuss truly remains confidential, is not shared with a third-party, and does not appear on other medical records.
What is the Cost of Counseling?
Psychotherapy is a process that requires a commitment from both of us. You can check out Scott's fee structure at: https://scottthode.com/
What is Your Counseling Services Cancellation Policy?
You will be expected to pay for your session time unless you provide a minimum 24-hours advance notice of cancellation. You will also be expected to pay for your session time if you cancel two or more times in a row regardless of advance notice of cancellation. Some exceptions are made for circumstances outside of your control.
What are Your Hours?
The office is open Monday through Friday, however my current availability is primarily Tuesday - Saturday between 7:00am and 6:00pm.
How Long is Each Counseling Session?
Each session runs on the top of the hour and is 45 minutes in length. This allows for documentation and scheduling at the end of each session. Forty-five minutes is considered the standard length of most counseling sessions in the United States. However, it is possible to book two sessions back-to-back if you would prefer to have a longer single session, which would be ninety minutes. This is especially helpful early-on as you share your background and history, or for couples counseling.
Can a Counseling Session be Conducted Over the Phone, Internet, or Email?
I currently offer both Phone and Skype counseling for both local and out of town clients. This practice is limited to client issues that are appropriate in those settings. I am happy to consult via email and may be available to offer email-based or chat-based counseling on a case-by-case basis.
Is What We Talk About in Counseling Kept Confidential?
I am committed to protecting every client's confidentiality in every manner possible. This includes limited documentation of sensitive information, properly securing electronic medical records, and first consulting with you prior to sharing any information that has been legally subpoenaed. The law protects the privacy of most communication between a psychotherapist and client, with only a few restrictions. Those restrictions are discussed in detail prior to beginning therapy. HIPAA (Health Information Portability and Accountability Act) is also a federal law that protects patient rights with regard to use of protected health information.
Are you Available for Complimentary Phone Consultation?
I am available for a complimentary phone or face-to-face consultation if you are considering becoming a client and would like to discuss details about my approach and process. Current clients are also allowed complimentary phone consultation in between our sessions. Phone consultation for a longer period of time is available, but will be billed as a counseling session.
What is the Difference Between a Counselor, Psychiatrist, Nurse Practitioner, Psychologist, or Social Worker?
A psychiatrist (MD, DO) is a medical doctor who went through medical school. A nurse practitioner (NP, DNP, APRN) is usually either a masters or doctoral level trained nurse. Both of these designations have the training to prescribe medication and often work in tandem with counselors, psychologists, and social workers in supplementing therapy with medication. In most states Psychologists, Counselors, and Social Workers are not licensed to dispense medication. Medication alone is not a solution for most individual’s challenges and research has shown that a combination of therapy and medication is more effective than medication alone. In many states a psychologist and counselor educator both have doctoral level training such as a PhD, PsyD, or EdD. Both have significant training in counseling, although counselor educators may have more training specifically in mental health counseling. In some states a psychologist could also have only a masters degree, similar to a licensed professional counselor or licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). Some social workers have only a bachelors degree, although an LCSW requires a masters degree. A licensed clinical professional counselor, licensed clinical social worker, and licensed psychologist are all in the family referred to as psychotherapists and will all have a minimum of a masters degree, with significant training and exam-licensed proficiency to counsel the majority of mental health challenges. I am a licensed clinical professional counselor, licensed professional counselor, counselor educator, counselor supervisor, board certified national counselor, and a professional certified coach with a PhD in counselor education and supervision.
Feel Free to Contact Me Directly Regarding Any Other Questions About my Counseling Services in Kansas City, Leawood, and Overland Park, Shawnee Mission, Mission Hills, Plaza, Prairie Village, Brookside, Lees Summit, Lenexa, Raytown, and other locations in Kansas and Missouri, as well as my on-line Internet counseling practice.