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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions. If you have a question that is not answered here, please do not hesitate to reach out! 



Are your services confidential?

Yes, everything that is said during a therapy session is completely confidential, unless you are planning to harm yourself or someone else, or report the abuse of a minor or elder.


Do you offer in-person or virtual counseling services?


Both! In-person sessions are offered in Stuart, FL: 613 SW Camden Ave, Stuart, FL 34994

Virtual counseling is offered to individuals residing anywhere in Florida.


Do you accept insurance?

I do not currently accept insurance. I strongly believe in your right to privacy and your right to receive the therapeutic services you want. Through private pay, my clients have increased privacy, confidentiality, and control of their treatment. I do offer a sliding scale based on income and dependents. I work with clients to secure therapy that is affordable for them. 

Registered Intern

What is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern? 

A Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern has earned a minimum of master’s degree fulfilling state requirements in mental health counseling and must work a minimum of 2 years under a qualified supervisor prior to licensure. The intern has met all educational training and requirements, and is working under a provisional license.

Dr. Ellen Chance holds a Ph.D. in Counseling from Florida Atlantic University. She has completed rigorous academic coursework including 8 years of advanced education in counseling. Ellen actively engages in counseling research, publication, and frequently presents at national conferences.  Dr. Chance holds advanced certification in Perinatal Mental Health and has developed advanced clinical skills in her 10 years of experience. In addition, she is a fully certified PK-12 School Counselor, and a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern (#IMH2349) in the state of Florida. She is currently under the supervision of Dr. Arielle Bendit (#MT361).)


Will I receive a diagnosis?

While some find diagnosing helpful, it is not always necessary. I strongly believe therapy is for everyone, and because I do not work with insurance companies I am not required to make a diagnosis unless it is warranted. 


What are your fees? 

Please view my fees here 

Perinatal Mental Health

What is perinatal mental health? 

Perinatal mental health refers to a woman’s mental health during pregnancy and the first years after birth. Perinatal distress can occur starting in pregnancy. One in seven women will struggled with symptoms of postpartum depression (PPD) or postpartum anxiety (PPA).


Examples of perinatal mental health challenges include prenatal and/or postnatal depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, postpartum psychosis, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Severity can range from mild to severe, requiring different kinds of care or treatment.

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