Central Kentucky Counseling Associates

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We are a private practice of dedicated mental health professionals who focus on improving the quality of life for clients of all ages. If you desire help and change, you have come to the right place.
We accept Medicaid!
Phone: 859-759-1223

(Go to "About Us" Page for each clinician's direct phone number and email address)
Why do people seek therapy?
People come into therapy for many reasons. The purpose of therapy is to have a safe place to discuss your inner most thoughts and feelings and to find resolutions to your problems. Psychotherapy or counseling can provide support and skills-building for coping with challenges such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood trauma, bereavement, work conflicts, stress management, loss, drug or alcohol abuse, etc. Therapy is an active, engaging way to identify what’s not working in your life and relationships and to develop the skills needed to have more of what you want and need. 
For young kids, play therapy is often the best way to approach therapeutic work. Children are usually referred to play therapy to solve problems and deal with issues that are troubling the child. Often, children have used up their own problem solving tools and express themselves in negative ways, such as acting out at home, with friends, or at school. We use play therapy to help children cope with difficult emotions and find solutions for their problems. By using a play therapy setting, children find healthier solutions and learn new ways of coping with their issues.

“Play Therapy is based upon the fact that play is the child’s natural medium of self expression…It is an opportunity which is given to the child to ‘play out’ his feelings and problems just as in certain types of adult therapy an individual ‘talks out’ his difficulties.” -Virginia Axline
How can play therapy help my child?
Play therapy helps children:
  • Become more responsible for behaviors and develop more successful strategies.
  • Develop new and creative solutions to problems.
  • Develop respect and acceptance of self and others.
  • Learn to experience and express emotion.
  • Cultivate empathy and respect for thoughts and feelings of others.
  • Learn new social skills and relational skills with family.
  • Develop self-efficacy and thus a better assuredness about their abilities.

What can I expect and how does it work (for adults)?
During sessions you can expect to talk about your primary concerns and struggles, along with your hopes and goals. Each therapist might work in slightly different ways, but in general they will be working with you to help you gain greater awareness of yourself and others in order to help you realize your goals – often this includes developing or strengthening healthy coping and communication skills. Depending upon your primary concerns, your therapist will work to give you practical skills to apply in order to help you gain greater clarity, heal old wounds, alleviate suffering, feel better about yourself and strengthen your relationships.
For therapy to “work,” you must be an active participant, both in and outside of the therapy sessions. Your therapist works to create a safe and candid relationship with you and acts as a trained and empathetic guide, but your motivation and commitment to the process of understanding and growth has a tremendous impact on whether or not you find counseling to be a helpful experience.
We know it takes a lot of courage to get help; and we know that despite doing your best, life can sometimes be a struggle. Here at Kentucky Counseling Associates, we are devoted to providing excellent counseling and therapy services so that you can live a healthier, more fulfilling life!

What is my role in the therapy process?
In therapy, the more of an active participant you are, the greater the benefit will be. You will be asked to identify goals for yourself, which will provide the framework for our therapy work together. It is important for you to express your feelings and thoughts openly. With that said, being able to get your thoughts and feelings out is generally not a sufficient condition for successful therapy. The work you do outside of therapy is often as important as the work you do in therapy. You will most likely need to be open to changing some patterns of thought and/or behavior in your life. Our therapists may assign reading material or homework to assist you with your goals to complete between sessions. You may spend the week processing what you and your therapist discussed in session. Through the therapy process, it is not unusual to have "light bulb" experiences where you gain insight into problems that have had you stuck. We will work together on uncovering what changes in thinking or behavior may be of benefit to you. 
What is my therapist's role in the therapy process?
Your therapist should: provide a safe place for you to express your thoughts and feelings and for you to work toward resolving your problems; allow you the major responsibility for determining the content that is discussed during your sessions; listen as you discuss your concerns and experiences; try to understand you from your point of view; explore alternative points of view with you; help you make connections between different aspects of your experience; and clarify the interconnections between your immediate concerns and the complexities of your personality and history. 
How will I know when I have completed therapy?
You'll know because you'll have reached your goals that you have established at the beginning of treatment. Sometimes therapeutic goals may change or you may add different goals once others are achieved. You'll know you don't need to come back when you've adequately resolved what you came in for.
How long before I begin to feel better?
You may feel some relief after the first few sessions, however therapy may take some time to be optimally beneficial. Just as the issues you may have most likely did not begin yesterday, processing and working through takes time. With that said, therapy does not usually ahve to be "long term" to be effective. Our therapists utilize brief treatment approaches and many clients average approximately 10 sessions. 
If therapy is supposed to help, why do I sometimes feel exhausted and drained after a session?
You need to keep in mind that therapy is hard work but on the flip side therapy can be a life changing experience. Oftentimes, emotionally laden and difficult issues are brought up in therapy, as they are usually the very issues that bring you in the first place. You can expect to have some mixed feelings about attending sessions from time to time. This does not mean that the therapy is not effective or that you should discontinue treatment. What it does mean is that you are geting at the heart of the issues and closer to resolving your problems. Please, talk to your therapist about your emotions as therapy progresses. Keep in mind that just as you may have some difficult sessions, you will leave most sessions feeling refreshed and with new insights, perspectives, tools, and solutions to your problems. 
How often is therapy and how long does each session last? 
It is typically most effective for clients to have at least one 50-minute session per week; your therapist will make alternate recommendations if he or she feels it is clinically appropriate. Therapy can be a very effective and powerful way to work through many challenges. There is no way to be certain, however, how long it will take to meet your goals. Some therapy is quite short-term but depending upon the challenges in your life and your goals for growth and healing, therapy can sometimes be a long-term process – which some people find to be an integral part of their commitment to self-growth.
Why do you do School-Based therapy?
  • Mental health is not only the absence of mental illness, but includes having the skills needed to deal with life’s challenges. Children do not learn at their optimum when experiencing mental illness or when overwhelmed by life’s stressors.
  • The Surgeon General’s Report estimated that up to 20% of youth experience mental health problems in any given year, and approximately 75‐80% of youth in need of treatment and support services do not receive adequate care.
  • Less than 30% of youth with a diagnosed mental disorder receive any service, and of those who do, less than half receive adequate treatment.
  • Emotional and behavioral health problems represent significant barriers to academic success and appropriate school behavior.
  • Children and adolescents with emotional disturbances (5‐9% of school‐aged youth) have the highest failure rates, with 50% of these students dropping out of high school.
  • Emotional disability is the fastest growing special education designation in Kentucky.
  • One in five high school students in Kentucky report seriously considering a suicide attempt in the past 12 months. Mental illnesses, including depression greatly increase the risk of suicide. 
  • Suicide is the 3rd leading case of death among young people and is considered a public health crisis by both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.
  • Failure to address the mental health needs of students has serious consequences both now and in the future: increased risk for school failure, social isolation, violence, substance abuse, unsafe sexual behavior, incarceration, unemployment and poor health. It is estimated that the U.S. loses 192 billion in income and tax revenue dollars with each cohort of 18 year olds who never complete high school.
  • The President’s New Freedom Commission suggests that schools offer unparalleled access to students to address both academic and mental health needs, and these needs are intricately related to each other. Further, students are more likely to seek counseling when services are available in schools (Slade, 2002). 
  • 75‐80% of youth in need of treatment and support services do not receive adequate care.
  • Federal and state requirements to educate all children place attention on mental health issues, since behavior problems are treatable and without good care often lead to school failure. 
How much does it cost?
Most clients are seen for little to zero out of pocket cost due to insurance reimbursement. The following insurance plans are accepted:

  • Aetna
  • Anthem/Blue Cross & Blue Shield
  • Anthem Medicaid
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Humana Caresource
  • KY Medicaid 
  • Optum
  • Passport
  • United Healthcare
  • WellCare 

Some clients choose to pay the cash rate for services to avoid the stress often associated with insurance companies. For those clients, payment is due at the time that services is rendered. Accepted methods of payment include cash, check, and credit card. Please refer to the following price guide for cash paying clients:

  • Mental Health Evaluation- $75 (55 minute session)
  • Therapy Session- $75 (55 minute session)
  • Employee Conflict Resolution: $150/hour
  • Mobile Crisis Intervention: $150/hour
  • Continuing Education Training: $150/group, $25 individual
  • Consultation: $50 (30 minute session)