What To Expect
Once you contact us by phone or email…
- We will match you with the counselor that can provide the best care for you
- Once an appointment is made with that counselor, they will email you paperwork or have it waiting for you in our waiting room
- As soon as your counselor is ready they will great you in our waiting room and escort you to their office
- The number of visits and treatment can be customized to each client and will be determined by you and your counselor
- Treatment can involve collaboration between primary care physicians, school counselors, other medical professionals, or others as necessary
- Our ultimate goal is for peace and restoration to be restored to your life
When To Call
Please call us if you or a loved one is experiencing:
- Changes in personality or mood
- Crying spells or irritability
- Loss of interest/pleasure in daily activities
- Restlessness or decreased energy
- Excessive worry or anxiety
- Relationship difficulties
- Problems in work or school
- Conflicts with family or friends
- Difficulty with admitting obvious problems
- Confused thinking
- Problems with memory or reason
- Feelings of worthlessness or helplessness
- Inappropriate anger or hostility
- Substance use becoming unmanageable
How To Choose
Our Team of Licensed Helping Professionals…
- Personalizes therapeutic interventions in a safe and caring environment
- Endorses a Proactive care model, seeking to Empower individuals and families to manage struggles before they become dysfunctions
- Believes that adopting a Positive perspective and bringing life back into Balance promotes health physically, emotionally, and spiritually
- Provides resources and guidance as you begin your journey to a more fulfilling life and healthier relationships
A Holistic Principle…You are a possibility not just a past.
- Focus on creating change in your current and future behavior; treating the whole person, rather than the dysfunction of the past
- When you empower a person to discover Strengths instead of focusing on weakness, you can dramatically improve overall mental health
- Discover what is important in your life, work more with Possibility than pathology, focus on living a more fulfilling life, not just coping
What Credentials Mean
How to Choose a Therapist and Why Credentials are Important
It is important to consider someone’s training, supervision, and experience when you are choosing a therapist. There are different levels of counseling professionals and not all counseling professionals are state licensed. Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) are required to earn a Master’s degree from an accredited school, pass national board exam, and undergo an extensive supervision process. LPC’s are required to obtain continuing education credits to maintain their license. At Alpha Omega Delta we strive to go beyond the required minimum, specializing in specific areas by earning advanced professional certifications. Here is an explanation of our credentials:
- LPC – Licensed Professional Counselor
- NCC – Nationally Certified Counselor – Requires a Master’s degree, a passing score on the National Counselors Exam, and 3,000 hours of post-graduate supervision. – Certified by National Board of Certified Counselors
- CSAT – Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist- Quickly becoming an industry standard for addiction professionals. Offers cutting edge advantage for practitioners to gain new insight about addictive and compulsive behaviors. Made up of 144 post-graduate seated classroom hours. Requires a Master’s degree, state license, and five years of clinical practice. – Certified by International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals
- ASAT– Associate Sex Addiction Therapist – Certification that includes the CSAT training but does not meet all the prerequisite criteria. – Certified by International Institute of Trauma and Addiction Professionals
- Advanced Counseling Certificate in Trauma Focused Narrative Therapy – Utilizes Dan Allendar’s methodology as a narrative framework for understanding and engaging the impact of trauma and abuse. Requires a Master’s degree and state license. – Certified by Allender Center at Seattle School of Theology
- EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing – Revolutionary treatment for trauma that allows people to heal from symptoms and emotional distress that disturbs their lives. Helps the body facilitate healing that naturally occurs by remove blocks in events and thinking. – Requires a Master’s degree and state license. – Certified by EMDR Institute
- Core Communication – Provides a frame work to help individuals and couples to communicate skillfully, make important decisions, resolve conflicts collaboratively, and build satisfying relationships. – Certified by Interpersonal Communication Program
- Civil and Family Mediation – Trains participants to develop their mediation skills through role play and interactive exercises while receiving one-on-one coaching. Requires a Master’s degree and state license. – Certified by Missouri State University Conflict and Resolution Center in conjunction with Washington University Law School
Rates and Policies
Our rates are based on experience of the counselor:
- Diana’s rate – $100 per 50 min session
- Terry’s rate – $40 per 50 min session
- AOD accepts cash, credit card, or pay online
Policies and Procedures:
Reports: At times it may be necessary for your counselor to prepare a diagnostic summary, at your written request, for a collaborating third party. This request must be made on an official Alpha Omega Delta Authorization to Disclose Confidential Records form. Disclosure is limited to dates of service, service code, billing information, and a diagnostic summary. Report preparation services will be billed at $20 per 10-minute period.
Legal Proceedings: You agree not to subpoena the counselor for deposition or as a witness, in any legal or administrative proceedings before, during, or after the counseling process. To the extent that you may have the right to call the counselor, that right is hereby waived. You agree not to subpoena or demand the production of any psychotherapy notes, records, summaries, work products, or the like of the counselor in any legal or administrative proceedings. You agree to make no request that any notes or records prepared by the counselor, before, during, or after the counseling process, be used or admitted as evidence in any legal proceedings. To the extent that you may have the right to demand these documents, that right is hereby waived. In the event that such subpoena is executed, you agree to pay any and all legal fees incurred by the counselor to enforce this agreement, quash any subpoena, or otherwise seek necessary legal representation. You further agree to pay counselors fee billed at $20 per 10-minute period for all time counselor devotes to enforcing this agreement.
Discrimination: Alpha Omega Delta will not tolerate any discriminatory procedures, as defined below, and immediate action will be taken if such an act occurs (Administration Code 8 CSR 60-3.010)(1): “Discrimination in public accommodations because of race, color religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, or handicap is prohibited by law in Missouri.”
Confidentiality Policy: As a client you have the right to confidentiality. Counselors are bound by ethical codes for their profession and under HIPPAA Privacy Practices. Information discussed in the therapy setting is considered and held sacred and will not be shared without your written consent except under the following conditions:
- Client threatens harm to self or others.
- Client is a minor and reports suspected child abuse/neglect.
- Counselor receives information which causes the counselor to believe the client is in a state of mind where the client poses a threat of harm to self or another person.
- Client gives information that causes the counselor to suspect a threat of harm defined as child abuse/neglect, elder abuse/neglect, or dependent adult abuse/neglect.
You acknowledge that thoughts of self-harm sometimes occur during the course of counseling. This document serves as a contract between you and your counselor, affirming that you are currently free from intention to harm yourself or others and commit to contact counselor or emergency medical services should these thoughts arise or intensify. Client further agrees to cooperate with recommended treatment including but not limited to inpatient care if indicated.
Alpha Omega Delta’s “No Secrets” Policy for Family Therapy and Couple Therapy
This written policy is intended to inform you, the participants in Family Therapy or Couple’s Therapy, that the counselors at Alpha Omega Delta Professional Counseling consider the couple or family as a treatment unit and considers that unit to be the identified patient. During the course of work with a couple or a family, your counselor may see a smaller part of the treatment unit (e.g., an individual or siblings) for one or more sessions. These sessions should be seen as a part of the work with the treatment unit, unless otherwise indicated. If you are involved in one or more such sessions, please understand that generally these sessions are confidential in the sense that confidential information will not be released to a third party unless required by law or with your express written authorization; however, it may be necessary to share information learned in a session with only a portion of the treatment unit being present with the entire treatment unit. Your counselor will use his/her best judgment as to whether, when, and to what extent to make disclosures to the treatment unit. If appropriate, your counselor will first give the individual the opportunity to make the disclosure. If you feel it necessary to talk about private matters, it may be necessary to consult with another counselor who can provide individual therapy. This “no secrets” policy is intended to allow the counselor to treat the family unit by preventing, to whatever extent possible, a conflict of interest to arise where an individual’s interests may not be consistent with the interests of the unit being treated. For instance, information learned in the course of an individual session may be relevant or even essential to the proper treatment of the couple or the family. If counselor is not free to exercise clinical judgment regarding the need to bring this information to the family or the couple during their therapy, the counselor may be placed in a situation resulting in termination of treatment. This policy is intended to prevent the need for such a termination.
Here are two images of our offices. The first shows what our lobby looks like. The second is a photo of Diana Hassani’s office.