Frequently Asked Question about Our Practice
What’s counseling like?
Mostly, it’s a structured, guided, conversation. We help clients communicate more effectively, listen to one another more, and develop better skills for reducing conflict and increasing intimacy. Check out this podcast for more information.
Are you accepting new clients?
Where do you see clients?
The office is in Gretna, just off the Expressway near the Oakwood Mall. Many of our CBD and Uptown clients describe it as very easy to access. We also use a HIPPA compliant telemedicine portal for meeting with clients online. Choose which is best for you!
When do you see clients?
My schedule often changes with each semester. Currently, I’m in the office on the following schedule:
Monday – morning and early afternoon
Wednesday – morning and early afternoon
Thursday – morning
Tralana has appointments on Wednesday evening and Saturday morning
Michael sees clients on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
What do you do with the rest of your week?
We all have other professional engagements, but I’m a professor of counseling at The University of Holy Cross. I train others to be great mental health professionals!
Do you offer evening or weekend appointments?
Yes! My associates are able to offer weekend sessions or evening appointments.
Do you accept insurance?
Unfortunately we do not. Health Insurance often pays or provides partial reimbursement for most counseling services, but often not for counseling to treat relationship problems, communication problems, or marital distress. Using insurance often requires a diagnosis, and most clients having relationship problems would not qualify for a mental health diagnosis. That’s right, most couples aren’t crazy!
Can I seek reimbursement from my own insurance company for your services?
Sure. We can provide you with a paid receipt for sessions that you can submit to your insurance company for partial reimbursement. The insurer will consider our practice an “out of network provider.”
What is the fee?
We charge $140 per 50-minute session. For 80-minute sessions, we charge $200.
How do you accept payment?
We accept all major credit/debit cards and cash. We accept personal checks (my least favorite) on a limited basis.
What’s your cancellation policy?
Life is unpredictable and everyone needs to cancel appointments occasionally. Please give us as much notice as you can when you need to cancel. If you cancel with less than 24-hours notice, you will be charged 1/2 of the session rate ($70 or $100).
Should we attend counseling as individuals or as a couple?
Both versions are helpful. We primarily meet with couples, but occasionally meet with one or both partners individually for very specific reasons and needs.
How can I meet with your Associates?
Ms. Martinez offers evening and weekend appointments, and you can contact her directly at 504.920.8422.
Mr. Waldrip has availability on Tuesday, Thursday, and Fridays, and can be reached at 504.255.4205.
Do you have other therapists that you recommend?
Of course! There are lots of great counselors out there, and most of these can be found on psychologytoday.com
Tralana Martinez, Carol Harvey, Susan Cooley, Donny Songy, Rebecca Pham, Maison Vie
New Orleans (Eastbank):
Dr. Phillip Stepka, Restoration Counseling, Kendra Williams, Tanya Radecker
Dr. Roy Salgado (bilingual), Mike Gootee, Hellen Cappo, Chuck & Marnie Genre (Northshore),
Dr. Arwen Podesta, Dr. Jose Calderon, Dr. Nick Pejic, Dr. Degan Dansereau, Integrated Behavioral Health, Dr. Anh Le, Dr. Jessica Hof (kids)
Who regulates your profession?
The Licensed Professional Counselors Board of Examiners, and The Marriage and Family Therapy Advisory Committee. You can learn more about the rules governing our profession, and your rights as a clients here.