About

Empower Counseling Center LLC

Empower Counseling Center LLC is a high end boutique private practice serving the greater Gwinnett County. Our offices are in Suwanee, conveniently located near Sugar Hill, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Johns Creek. Most importantly, our primary focus is on treating anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and trauma.

Before your appointment, enjoy the soft background music, a beverage, snack, and wifi in our cheerful waiting room. After that, your session will be in one of our beautifully decorated offices designed with your comfort in mind. So, each office has comfort features including: comfortable seating, weighted blankets, relaxing sounds, soft lighting, whimsical decor, and aroma therapy.

Our practice is a high-tech paperless office. Therefore, we use a leading client management tool to securely schedule appointments, collect payments, share documents, sign documents, message, and hold online sessions. Above all, this not only protects your privacy, but is super convenient, too.

Our Approach

We believe counseling is not one-size-fits-all. You are unique and your experiences are completely different than anyone else’s. In addition, we believe that the work in therapy is done in the professional relationship created between client and therapist. Consequently, the client and therapist extremely important. Further, it’s also important to choose a therapist who specializes in what you’re struggling with.

Specialties

While all therapists get training and experience in graduate school on a broad range of issues, no therapist has a deep level of understanding on everything. At Empower Counseling, we don’t try to treat everything. In other words, we leverage our specialized training and experience to treat exactly what our clients are struggling with. That is to say, our clients talk about their issues as an overlapping, chaotic cluster of painful symptoms. In summary, we believe by focusing on these symptoms — anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and trauma — we are more able to help our clients trade anxiety and depression for confidence and authenticity.

Therapists

You deserve to work with a great therapist who really gets you! So, our therapists at Empower Counseling put a lot of thought into what kind of clients and issues they are most able to treat effectively. Therefore, their profiles write to their ideal client and provide the important details about their treatment approach. While they have a shared focus to help empower busy people to get unstuck, each of them have their own way of going about it. Certainly, when you are reading your therapist’s bio, you should feel like they are describing someone just like you and are speaking right to you directly.

Meet our Therapists

You can schedule with your preferred therapist through our secure client portal either for an Intake Assessment or for a free phone consult call.  Read more about this process under Getting Started.

Locations

Suwanee, Main Office

Empower Counseling’s main office is conveniently located in Suwanee (Gwinnett County) near the intersection of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and Lawrenceville Suwanee Road.  We’re easily accessible from Suwanee, Sugar Hill, Buford, Flowery Branch, Lawrenceville, Duluth, and Johns Creek. [get directions]

Empower Counseling Center
4411 Suwanee Dam Rd, #450
Suwanee, GA 30024

Online Office

Our “Virtual Office” allows us to provide online counseling by video across Georgia. This is a great option for people whose regular schedules are too overloaded to fit therapy in, who work or live a prohibitive distance from our office, for when the weather is too horrible to drive, or you’re stuck at home sick. Imagine the convenience of squeezing in a lunchtime appointment in your car on your cell phone! [read more about online counseling]

Rates

Counseling Rates

Specific rates for individual therapists are published on their individual pages linked from their name.

  • Consult Call (for new clients)
    15-20 minutes: free
  • Intake Assessment
    $175 – 200 (varies by therapist)
  • Individual, Couples, or Family counseling
    $175 – 200 (varies by therapist)
  • Group Counseling
    Varies by group,  $60-90/session

Typically, sessions are scheduled for an hour and last between 45-50 minutes. However, shorter and longer sessions may be available at an adjusted rate. Assessments for EMDR are typically scheduled for 90 minutes.

We reserve a small number of discounted client spots. These are for people whose financial difficulties would make participating in counseling impossible. So, if you cannot afford our fees, but would like to work with us, consider joining the Open Path Psychotherapy Collective. Each of our therapists have a link in their bio to their Open Path profile which shows whether or not they are currently accepting discounted clients.

Insurance & Counseling

While we do not work directly with insurance companies, if your plan includes “Out of Network” (OON) benefits, you may still be able to use your insurance. 

Determining your Out of Network Benefits 

You can find out information about your coverage by calling the phone number on the back of your insurance card. Here are some questions to consider asking them to help you better understand your benefits.

  • Does my plan have out-of-network coverage for mental health services?
  • What amount will I be reimbursed for assessments (CPT 90791) and individual therapy (CPT 90834 & 90837)?
  • Does my plan cover family counseling or marriage counseling (CPT 90846 & CPT 90847)?
  • How many sessions are included?
  • Does the benefit cover associate-licensed or only fully-licensed therapists?
    (Therapists with LCSW, LPC, or LMFT are fully-licensed and typically covered under any OON benefits on your plan; infrequently, plans cover other licensure levels.)
  • How do I submit superbills for reimbursement?
  • Does my plan include telemedicine for online counseling?

Using your Out of Network Benefits

It’s important to let us know in advance if you plan to use your OON benefits. This allows us to adjust our treatment to more closely fit insurance requirements in advance. That is to say we can’t do this after the services have been delivered. Therefore, once we set you up, you’ll get a “superbill” (a special receipt used for insurance) delivered to you through your client portal each month. After that, you can submit this to your insurance for reimbursement. 

Other issues to keep in mind

Another thing to keep in mind is that insurance only pays for “medically necessary” treatment. So, in this model, it only covers services for individuals who are diagnosed with a mental health diagnosis. This means that some of the reasons that many people seek counseling, such as personal growth or marriage counseling, aren’t covered by insurance.

If you need a mental health diagnosis to support your treatment and don’t have a current one from your primary doctor or psychiatrist, we can can schedule you for a diagnostic assessment with one of our fully licensed therapists. However, if you do not meet criteria for a diagnosis, we are unable to assign one for the purposes of insurance reimbursement. 

If you’re curious about why so many therapists don’t take insurance, check out one therapist’s opinion in the article The Real Reasons (That Nobody Tells You) About Why Therapists Don’t Accept Insurance.

Contact us

phone: 770.283.8386
email: hello@empowercounseling.net

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4411 Suwanee Dam Road, Suite 450
Suwanee, GA 30024

hello@empowercounseling.net
770-283-8386

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