COUNSELING IS OUR OPPORTUNITY
to give space, time and attention to work on ourselves. It is a private area of thought, habit, belief and desire to seek to understand ourselves, as well as those we love, so we can move forward, grow and love well. I hope, as we work together, you will be strengthened to fulfill your purpose, heal wounds holding you back, and thrive in the relationships most dear to you.
Two becoming one – marriage is something most of us long for and work hard to get. Making it even more confusing is when one or both partners want out of the marriage because it has become painful and difficult.
I believe in marriage. I believe we have a Creator who sees a bigger picture and purpose for marriage than our momentary comfort and pleasure. I believe marriage is a commitment worth fighting for and investing in.
I consider it an honor to work with couples through the complex dynamics of marriage in hopes of healing hurts, restoring faith and trust, learning healthy communication and rediscovering intimacy.
Life can be hard and shouldn’t be faced alone. My goal is to come alongside you to help you navigate your journey and relationships via encouragement, practical help, strengthening communication skills, understanding behavior patterns and helping clarify your core values and goals. I offer a free, 15-minute phone consultation for clients interested in seeing if I am a good fit before scheduling an appointment. I am currently only seeing individuals regarding relational and marital therapy.
Premarital counseling has the potential to decrease the likelihood of divorce 31 percent. I use the SYMBIS (Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts) assessment as an option for couples entering marriage for the first, second or third time, or for marriage enrichment regardless of the number of years together. A marriage is only as healthy as the least healthy person in it. Working through the SYMBIS report, I will identify your strengths and challenges as partners and as individuals. In addition to couples work in my office, I am available to facilitate a SYMBIS group onsite or nearby location.
Schedule to Meet Me
Braewick Circle Offices
2106 Braewick Circle, Suite 201
Akron, Ohio 44313
Christie received her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Akron and her master’s in clinical mental health counseling from Ashland University Theological Seminary. Married for 25 years and a mom to four daughters, a few bonus kids and four ‘fur’ babies, Christie spent many years raising kids before returning to professional work. A resident of the west side of Akron, she enjoys spending time with family, which can include anything from painting fingernails to hiking the Metroparks. She also has a passion for home décor and reclaiming and reusing furniture and fixtures. She is passionate about marriage and family and loves working with clients to help them build healthy, thriving, connected relationships.
Frequently Asked Questions
Office hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9 to 4.
$130 per 50 min individual session, $140 per 50 min couple’s session, and $230-$300 per 90-105 min family session.
Intensive sessions are offered by scheduling double and triple sessions at one time, consultation is preferred and prepayment is required.
Currently, I do not accept insurance; however, I’m happy to offer a Superbill for submission to your insurance company for reimbursement.
What is a Superbill?
A form completed by your mental health provider that allows clients to be reimbursed directly from their health insurance companies.
*Note: A Superbill does not guarantee an insurance provider will pay for the services provided. Each insurance plan is different, and it is your responsibility to contact your insurance provider and find out exactly what will be covered.
Can I just Self-pay?
Absolutely. If you currently do not have insurance coverage, or your insurance doesn’t accept Superbills, clients can self-pay at the time of visit.
Why don't you accept insurance?
Many professionals choose not to work with insurance companies because it allows them the autonomy to make clinical decisions based purely on professional expertise and not on health insurance policies (for example, some insurance plans only cover a limited number of visits or require a referral). Remaining independent also allows many practitioners to set their own self-pay rates rather than those contracted (usually at a higher rate) by insurance companies.
How can I find What my insurance company will reimburse for an out-of-nework provider?
Call your insurance company and ask them directly prior to starting work with a counselor who uses Superbills.
Here is how to contact them:
Call the customer service phone number listed on your card
Keep your insurance card handy in order to answer questions about your specific plan.
Ask, “I want to work with an out-of-network counselor, how much will you reimburse me?”
Inquire about reimbursement for counseling appointments.
Ask, “What is the best way to submit my claim with Superbill?”
Be sure that your benefits are clear to you. If anything is confusing, don’t be afraid to ask the same question twice.