Get Started

By reading the information on this website and considering attending counseling, you have already decided that your health is worth improving. If you don’t want to commit to ongoing therapy, that is okay — you can begin with just the initial appointment and take it from there.

You are not bound to any length of time to continue sessions. Give yourself a chance to see how we can work together. See below for more information on how to get started.


3 Easy Steps to Get Started

  1. Schedule an appointment:    Book an appointment using SetMore
  2. Fill out your intake paperwork, scan it, and send back to Samm@CarolinaBehavioralCounseling.com.
  3. Arrive at your intake appointment a few minutes early for us to meet.

After you have confirmed your appointment and returnd your paperwork, you are ready to begin. You are welcome to ask any questions prior to or throughout your treatment process by calling or texting 803.939.6747, or by emailing Samm@CarolinaBehavioralCounseling.com.

Please make sure to review the Frequently Asked Questions below.  


Frequently Asked Questions

Deciding to receive counseling can be confusing and sometimes scary because you may not know what to expect. That said, you have already made a huge step forward by reading this information.

Click on the questions below to learn more about the counseling process.

What will counseling be like?

One of the great things about counseling is that every client can have a different experience. With us, counseling is a safe place for you to explore your challenges and work towards your goals. It is casual in the sense that you can freely express yourself, but it is still productive for you to see progress in your life.

What happens in the first session?

When you arrive at your first appointment, we review your paperwork together. We may spend a few minutes getting to know each other and you are welcome to ask questions to learn more about my education and experience.

The purpose of the initial session is to share what brings you to counseling and explore how you got to where you are now. Towards the end of the session, we will discuss treatment goals. These can be related to any area of your life that you want to improve.

What should I talk about? I don't know where to begin.

Not knowing where to start is normal! We are meeting each other for the first time and you are trusting me with topics you may not have shared with anyone else before. There is a lot of ground to cover! My best suggestion is starting with the first thing on your mind. It could be what is bothering you today or what bothered you when you were a child. We will start wherever you feel comfortable.

Will my sessions be kept confidential?

Yes! Aside from your immediate safety, protecting your privacy is my top priority. It is the foundation of a trusting relationship between us. Should you ever want information shared with another individual (e.g., family member, friend, doctor), I will only do so with your written consent.

In the cases of possible harm to yourself or others (especially children or vulnerable adults) or an official court order by a judge, I am legally required to notify necessary parties, including safety officials or victims of intended harm. We will still discuss disclosure before any release of information.

For online sessions, please review our Online Safety Guide from our trusted expert in online security. This will better protect you during tele-therapy sessions.

Do you take insurance?

Carolina Behavioral Counseling is currently self-pay only. We accept cash or check for office-based sessions, and all major credit cards for office-based and online sessions.

How much do you charge for sessions and how long do they last?

Initial appointments are up to 90 minutes and follow-ups are 50 minutes. For our current fees, please email or call us at your convenience.

What do I do if I need to cancel my appointment?

You may cancel or reschedule your appointment at no charge at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled time.

Because that slot is reserved just for you, a late cancelation prevents another client from attending. A late cancelation or no-show appointment is billed at full fee.

You may call or text (803) 939-6747, or indicate on your appointment reminder email that you need to reschedule.

What should I do if I see you in town and I don’t want others to know I am in counseling?

If you see me in town, I will not acknowledge you first. I know that sounds harsh, but it is to protect your privacy and confidentiality. You are more than welcome to come say hello or wave from afar, but I will take your lead on that to make sure you are comfortable.

If you want to pretend that you have no clue who I am (or maybe you don't actually recognize me out in public), I will not be offended! And we can always process that experience in a session if you’d like.

What if I don't like counseling after I start the sessions?

Matching a counselor to a client is like finding a good pair of jeans. If you try on the first pair you see and they are too big, you find a smaller size. If you try on another pair and they are still not the right fit, you adjust your search accordingly.

Your first counselor (or second or third) may not be right for you at your time of need. That is totally understandable and a lot more common than you may realize. I will do the best I can to adjust to what you are looking for in your counseling experience, but if I am not your perfect pair of jeans, I can certainly help you find another pair that may fit you better.

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