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Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  What is the cost of a session?
A.  A standard session is 60-minutes and the fee is $140 per session. 1.5 hour sessions are available at a rate of $200.

Q.  What do you charge for pre-marital or couples counseling?
A.  Premarital or Couples Counseling, if using the Prepare/Enrich method, is an out-of-pocket expense, as insurance companies do not reimburse for couples counseling. To assist you with this expense, Clear Day Counseling has created a package program that includes the PREPARE/ENRICH assessment and five follow-up sessions for $600.00. The full fee is due upon the initial visit. (Some counties will give you a discount on your marriage license for participating in premarital counseling. Check with your county clerk's office to determine if you are eligible.) If, at the conclusion of the PREPARE/ENRICH series, you decide to schedule additional sessions, the going-forward session rate of $140. per 60 minute hour applies.

Q.  Do you accept insurance?
A.  Laura Niewald is a participating provider in the BlueCross BlueShield network.   Outside of those health plans, Ms. Niewald is considered a 'fee-for-service' provider.  'Fee-for-service' means the client pays at the time of the appointment and then the client submits documentation for reimbursement from their insurance plan (when applicable).

Q.  Do you supply the insurance documentation?
A.  Yes.  Clear Day Counseling equips clients with the basic form necessary to request reimbursement from insurance.  However, all insurance plans are different and you are responsible for meeting the requirements of your plan.

Q.  Do you accept any credit cards?
A.  Yes.  We accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express.  We also accept Visa debit cards.

Q.  How long is a typical session?
A.  Typical sessions last 60 minutes.  However it is not uncommon for couples or families to require additional session time.  Each additional 60-minute hour is charged at the standard rate of $140. 

Q.  Do you do premarital counseling?
A.  Yes.  Laura Niewald is a certified PREPARE/ENRICH counselor, making her uniquely qualified to work with couples as they prepare for marriage.

Q.  Do you work with whole families?
A.  Yes.  Laura Niewald is a licensed marriage and family therapist.  LMFT's are trained to work with, identify and address issues that impact the family system.  Laura is licensed through the state of Minnesota, and she is a member of the Minnesota Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, as well as the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Depending on the situation, Laura may recommend and facilitate the PREPARE/ENRICH family assessment and follow-up sessions for 'Building Strong Families'.

Q.  Do you work with individuals?
A.  Yes.  Laura is especially adept at working with individuals and establishing therapeutic goals to insure productive outcomes.  Therapy is not a forever-process.  It is a short or long-term commitment designed to produce results.

Q.  Do you ever make house calls?
A.  There are certain instances where an off-site visit is required.  In these situations travel time is billed as part of the session fee. 

Please see the Client Bill of Rights for further information.