Take The First Step
The first step one takes at Refuge is called an “intake appointment” This hour-long chat with an intake specialist helps us get to know you better, understand your goals, and match you with the right therapist. We’ll also determine your sliding scale fee, ranging from $25 to $125 per session. To secure your appointment, please provide financial documents like your latest tax return, a W-2, or three recent paystubs (or proof of no income). Your intake session is 1 hour long and the same amount as determined by your sliding scale fee. After this, we’ll use your info to find the perfect counselor for your needs and schedule.
Before calling to schedule, have this ready:
- Names and DOB for all counseling seekers
- Counseling type (individual, couples, child, family)
- Phone number
- Scheduling preference (telehealth or in-person)
We want people to feel Seen, Safe, Secure, and Soothed.
We get it. Admitting you need help can be scary, going to a place you’ve never been before to receive that help can be even scarier. Taken from Dr. Daniel Siegel’s “4 S’s of attachment”: We want people to feel Seen, Safe, Secure, and Soothed. It is our goal that that starts right from when you enter our building. If you are coming for an in-person appointment, then we have done as much as we can to make you not just “feel” comfortable. but to actually be comfortable.
Our Waiting Rooms
Our waiting room(s) is where you will first experience Refuge and we have gone to great lengths to make sure it is good first impression. With dim lighting, calm and peaceful music, magazines, coloring books, Refuge resources, and toys and books for children, we have taken steps to put you at ease from the get-go. Our Hospitality and Office Manager, plays a huge role in this and will likely be one of the first people you encounter.
Where will I meet with my therapist?
Your therapist will meet you either one of the two waiting rooms and you will be either escorted to their counseling space on the ground level or on the second floor (an elevator is available as well to begin your session). While there are a variety of different offices, each has been carefully designed to provide comfort and ease.
How does your sliding-fee scale work?
We offer clients with financial need sliding scale fees, which ranges from $25 to $125 per therapy session and $33 to $157 per neurofeedback session. The sliding scale is based on gross (before taxes) annual household income and resources. With this system, no one is excluded based on income, and quality counseling can be afforded by all. To apply for the sliding scale fee, please bring a copy of your most recent tax return to your first appointment.
What does a typical counseling session look like?
That will vary based on your needs and the techniques used by your therapist in order to start the healing journey.
What if I can't afford what I qualify for?
We have hardship scholarships available that will be granted upon our Clinical Director’s approval. You may contact one of our Intake Specialists regarding a hardship scholarship.
Does Refuge take insurance?
The Refuge Center does not bill insurance (as is typical for the majority of counseling centers).
What is the normal frequency of therapy sessions?
One 50-minute hour session a week is typical, though we also see clients on a bi-weekly basis (every other week) for those who may not be able to afford seeing a therapist each week.
Do you provide medication management?
The Refuge Center does not, however we can refer you to someone should you need to.
Can I see a Psychiatrist/do you prescribe medication?
We do not prescribe medication, however we can refer a Psychiatrist should that be needed. We do not have a Psychiatrist on staff at The Refuge Center.
How does Group Therapy work?
Group therapy is effective for addressing many emotional and relational challenges for which most people typically seek individual therapy.
Do you provide counseling services outside of TN?
We only provide counseling (both in-person and Telehealth) to current residents of TN.
Quality of place is important, and we take great pride in the fact that our facilities reflect the excellence we put into our work. We want our clients to feel comfortable and at home in our offices. Below you will find images of what a typical “Refuge” office looks like.