Session Format

In the first sessions we complete the paperwork, discuss confidentiality, and begin to hear your story. The focus of the second session is to continue to hear your story and discover potential areas of strength and improvement.

The third and fourth sessions are typically a time to write down what the focus of counseling will be. This is often called a “Treatment Plan.” The treatment plan will outline what things you’d like to change, for example:

For Pete to follow directions the first time, 70% of the time.
To discuss my feelings with my mother more openly by the Traverse City Cherry Festival.
To yell less when we’re upset with one another and feel like we’re married within 2 months.

The Treatment Plan outlines your specific goals, how we will measure them, and what will happen to help you reach them. Also, it will outline who is in charge of what aspects of it. For example, a child may need to practice new skills, a parent may learn new parenting techniques, and your therapist may provide you with a list of resources.

The following sessions will focus upon meeting your Therapy Treatment Goals. We will discuss the progress and decide if we need to add goals, change them, or if you want to be done with counseling. Our goal is to help you decide when you’re done with counseling, so you can get on with your life.


Insurance is an agreement between you and your insurance company as to how counseling will be paid for. We will assist you in any way possible. We currently do not participate with most insurance plans. However, we will assist you in contacting your insurance, giving you receipts to submit, and follow up contacts. Also, if we can participate with your insurance, we’d love to, just tell us how to best help you!

Most insurances want you to be diagnosed and usually dictate how many and what type of therapy you can have. We believe that that should be decided between you and your therapist.

Counseling Rates

Initial Counseling Intake (45-50 minutes) $200*
Individual, Couples, or Family Therapy session (45-50 minutes) $175*
Group Counseling (60 minutes) $50 per person
No show/cancellation within 24 hours $175*
Common Sense Parenting Group (6 weeks, 2 hours a week) $100
Parenting Coaching Sessions (45-50 minutes) $175

*Session rates are based on clinician experience. These rates are for Joseph R. Sanok, other clinicians often have lower rates. For more information please CONTACT US and we can give you accurate rates for the clinician that you want to work with. Thanks!

LLPC Supervision Rates at the Traverse City Office

Individual Supervision $100 per clinical hour
Group Supervision

7-8 LLPCs $30/hr

6 LLPCs $35/hr.

4-5 LLPCs $40/hr


Private Practice Counseling Consultation

If you are a counselor and you’d like some help launching or improving your counseling private practice, feel free to go to Joe’s other website Practice of the Practice. On that website you can learn more about clinical issues, marketing, and running a business.


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