Counseling Services for Couples and Individuals  |  Melissa Chosid, MS, LMFT

Frequently Asked Questions

St. Louis Couples Counseling

Do you accept insurance?

I am in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield. If you wish to submit for out-of-network benefits with another insurance provider then I happy to provide an itemized bill for you. Co-payments and private pay fees are collected in the forms of cash or major credit card. I do not accept checks. 

How frequent are sessions typically?

I prefer to see clients weekly or biweekly as this is usually the best way to maintain momentum in therapy work. Therapy is a collaborative process, so I work with clients to determine a schedule that feels appropriate for them. I will often begin working with a client on a once-per-week basis and then gradually taper down to less frequent sessions as issues resolve and the client feels more comfortable going longer in between visits. I rarely see clients more than once per week unless there are circumstances of crisis. 

How many sessions do I need?

Therapy is not a "one and done" process. Clients may feel initial relief after 1-2 appointments, but profound and long-lasting change requires a time commitment. Every case is different, but I recommend that all clients anticipate a minimum of at least six sessions. Some of my clients continue to check in once a month indefinitely for on-going support and accountability around their behavior.

Should I come alone or bring my partner?

When a relationship is in distress, it's best for both partners to be a part of the repair process. Sometimes one partner is not willing to attend therapy. In these cases my response is, "Tell your partner that you are looking to make changes in the relationship. If he/she wants to have a say in what those changes are, then they may want to be present."

On the other hand, there are times when a partner is ambivalent about whether or not to stay in the relationship. In these instances it can be helpful to meet individually in order to explore this ambivalence without fear of hurting the other partner.

What specific issues do you work with? 
​Heavy conflict
Infidelity/ trust issues
Pre-marital counseling
Peaceful separations
Co-parenting issues
Communication problems
Sexual intimacy
Non-monogamous couples
Life Transitions

Compulsive behaviors

Co-dependent patterns

Break-up counseling and support

Other questions? Please don't hesitate to reach out.