The counseling program within each Lancaster General Health primary care practice allows patients to see both a medical provider and a licensed clinical counselor at the same location. We work directly with your medical provider as part of your complete care team.
You do need to be be a patient of one our primary care practices before seeing a counselor. Click here to find a primary care practice near you.
Our counselors can assist with a variety of concerns, including:
- Grief and loss
- Smoking cessation
- Life changes
- Medical issues such as diabetes, headaches, high blood pressure, pain and sleep problems
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Substance abuse
- Relationship issues
- Spiritual concerns
- Stress management
- Weight control
What To Expect
Counseling sessions are tailored to your needs. You and your counselor will use a range of techniques and tools best matched to you.
60-Minute Intake Session
You will be asked questions about your current concern(s) and information relevant to your situation to best meet your needs. You will also discuss what is important to you and identify treatment goals for follow-up sessions.
20-30 Minute Follow-Up Sessions
You will work with your counselor to focus on one aspect of your goal(s) and gain skills to reduce current stressors.
How to Make an Appointment
Ask for an appointment during a visit with your Lancaster General Health primary care provider. After a referral is placed, a referral coordinator will call you to set up an appointment with a counselor. This service will be billed to your insurance. You will have to pay any out-of-pocket costs. Some insurance plans do not have co-pays for counseling and psychiatric services. Some major medical plans may not have behavioral health coverage.
Our team will verify your coverage and explain any costs before your first appointment. We are committed to working with you to develop a way to access services, which may include a referral to a financial counselor.
Note: You do need to be patient of one of our primary care practices prior to seeing a counselor.