MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING AND THERAPY SERVICES
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a specific of therapy originally developed to treat trauma. EMDR is backed and supported by an extensive amount of research and considered evidence-based practice for trauma. This approach can be applied to a variety of clinical issues with success, even when other forms of therapy have been less impactful.
Negative events, such as trauma, are sometimes said to be “stuck” in the brain, resulting in symptoms and emotions that negatively impact the individual. EMDR is said to access this area of the brain, by focusing on the target problem and alternatively stimulating each side of the brain, using eye movements, sounds, or tapping. In this way, the target problem is said to be re-processed and the event becomes less distressing and problematic for the individual. EMDR allows a client to process trauma, possibly without going into graphic detail, per client preference.
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FORMS / INSURANCE
I encourage all of my clients to call and check with their insurance companies regarding their mental health benefits/coverage. It is important to do this before your first appointment, so that you have an understanding of your financial responsibility for services (co-pays, deductibles, etc.).
If you are informed by your insurance company that I am an out-of-network provider, some insurance companies will allow you to submit verification of services and will possibly assist with some kind of reimbursement. Again, I encourage you to obtain these details directly from your insurance provider.
I am in-network with the following insurance companies:
-Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
-Lutheran Preferred/3 Rivers Preferred
-Medical Mutual of Ohio
Please download and complete forms prior to appointment.
Please click here to download the Intake Packet
Please click here to download the Telebehavioral Informed Consent
Please click here to download the HIPAA Privacy
I am a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC). I recognize that entering therapy or counseling takes effort and courage. I have a warm, open, and accepting style, helping to establish a therapeutic relationship, as well as trust.
I utilize various approaches to empower individuals to meet their personal goals and live the life they desire. My primary specialty is trauma. I enjoy using CBT (cognitive-behavioral therapy), motivational interviewing, supportive counseling, and psychoeducation. I am also fully trained and certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), a specific type of therapy originally developed to treat trauma. This approach can be applied to a variety of clinical issues with success, even when other forms of therapy have been less impactful. I am also trained in the Flash Technique, related to EMDR. This is a highly effective, generally comfortable, and fast intervention to reduce symptoms related to trauma and/or distressing circumstances.
I have a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Saint Francis and a Master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Ball State University. I particularly enjoy working with adolescents/teenagers, university students, and adults, in the areas of trauma, PTSD or c-PTSD, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and adjustment challenges. My previous employment/clinical experiences included therapy positions working with children ages two and up, substance abuse/dependence, trauma, eating disorders, and suicidality. I have also taught various classes in the community and at the collegiate level, including programs on divorce, depression, caring for children who have been sexually abused, and anxiety.
April Nelson, MA, LMHC
Good Faith Estimate Notice
Under the law, health care providers need to give clients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the expected charges for medical services, including psychotherapy services.
You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate for the total expected cost of any non-emergency healthcare services, including psychotherapy services.
You can ask your health care provider, and any other provider you choose, for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule a service, or at any time during treatment.
If you receive a bill that is at least $400 more than your Good Faith Estimate, you can dispute the bill. Make sure to save a copy or picture of your Good Faith Estimate.
For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, or how to dispute a bill, see your Estimate, or visit www.cms.gov/nosurprises.
April Nelson, MA, LMHC is in-network with many insurance companies, as listed on this website. Clients may choose or not choose to use their insurance plan for counseling services. For those clients using plans for which April Nelson, MA, LMHC is in-network for, the financial responsibility will be based on your individual plan. Clients are expected to pay what their insurance plan deems their portion of the fee for services. Clients are encouraged to contact their insurance companies before the first scheduled appointment regarding their mental health coverage/benefits, to ensure that they have an understanding of their financial responsibility for services.
Clients who choose not to use insurance, use private pay, or use out-of-network insurance benefits, will be responsible for the fee based on the service that is provided by April Nelson, MA, LMHC. The fee will be discussed when an appointment is scheduled and a Good Faith Estimate will be provided.
The office of April Nelson, MA, LMHC requires payment at the time of service in the form of cash or checks only. The office does not take credit cards but can provide a receipt for reimbursement through HSA funds. The office can accept checks linked to an HSA account.
Clients who miss an appointment, and/or do not cancel an appointment with twenty-four hours' notice will be charged a fee of $90.00. This type of fee cannot be submitted to insurance and is the client’s responsibility.
6408 Constitution Dr
Fort Wayne, IN 46804
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