Welcome

Welcome! Thank you for taking the time to look into the counseling services that I provide.

I specialize in working with struggling children and teenagers, and the adults in their lives who need support too!  I will work with your family to strengthen and develop skills, increase positive communication, and manage problem behaviors so that your family can get back to having fun and enjoying life.

I have been providing counseling to children since 2005.  Prior to becoming a counselor, I worked in residential treatment, group homes, high school, and early intervention services.  This vast array of experiences has allowed me to help thousands of children and families.

I offer a free 15 minute phone consultation, at which time we can discuss if counseling may be helpful.  Please feel free to give me a call or email.  I look forward to talking with you.

Michelle C Simmons, LPC. - Child & teen counselor

Fees and Policies

Fees:

Initial Assessment$150.00
Individual Session 50 min.$135.00
Family Session 50 min.$135.00

Payment is due at the beginning of session.  I accept cash, check, debit, and credit cards.

Insurance:

I am considered "in network" with the following insurance companies:

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Legacy / UMR
  • Managed Health Network (MHN)
  • Moda / ODS
  • Providence
  • Reliant Behavioral Health
  • United Behavioral Health

For all other providers, I am considered "out of network".  Please check with your provider about your specific mental health benefits.

Sliding Scale:

I strongly believe that therapy should be available to everyone and I strive to make counseling affordable.  If finances are a barrier to your family seeking help, a sliding scale fee is available on a limited basis.

Cancellation / No Show Policy:

An appointment reserves a specific time for your family.  If you need to cancel or reschedule, please notify me at least 24 hours in advance.  A $50.00 fee will be assessed for missed appointments or cancellations under 24hrs.

Services

I have training, expertise and interest in assessment, diagnoses, and treatment in the following areas:

  • Abandonment
  • Academic, Social and Behavioral Struggles
  • Adoption
  • Adjusting to Changes
  • Anxiety and Worry
  • ADHD
  • Communication problems
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Divorce
  • Depression and Mood Disorders
  • Grief and Loss
  • Peer problems
  • Parent Child Conflict
  • Psychiatric Illness
  • Relationship Problems
  • Trauma

I offer a range of services to meet your family’s unique needs including:

  • Individual assessment and treatment recommendations
  • Individual therapy for children and teens ages 2 ½ - 18
  • Family therapy
  • Phone consultation with primary care providers, schools, and other service providers in your child’s life
  • Participation in treatment and other educational planning meetings

As a licensed member, I will abide by The Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists Code of Ethics.

Here is what you can expect when working with a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Resources And Links

Mental Health

  • Multnomah County Crisis Line:  503-988-4888
  • Clackamas County Crisis Line:  503-655-8585
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  800-273-TALK
  • Teen Peer to Peer Support:  877-YOUTH-911