Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

 

Xiomara A. Sosa is the Owner and Founder of XAS Consulting, LLC (XAS), an integrative counseling boutique private practice.

XAS is culturally competent and a safe space for the Hispanic, veteran and sexual/gender minority (LGBTQQIA+) communities.

Counseling.

Will counseling help me?

Counselors can provide emotional support, active listening, mirroring, role playing, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship and/or communication difficulties.  Counseling can also help with unresolved childhood issues, grief (past or present) and facilitate better management of stress.  Many people also find that they can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution.

Is counseling right for me?  

Everyone will hit a speed bump in their life.  Some have more speed bumps than others.  When the bumps are happening or feel as if they are happening more frequently, there is nothing wrong with seeking out professional support when you need it.  Those who seek counseling are exhibiting enough insight to realize they need a helping hand and accepting that their present situation needs to change. Counseling can provide life long benefits.  Counseling can provide you with the tools you need self manage when a negative or harmful trigger is pressed and to assist your future self in overcoming future speed bumps.  In short, people seeking counseling are ready to meet the challenges they are facing in their lives and are ready to make changes.

What is counseling like?

Every person is unique and thus bring their own unique set of issues to work on into a session.  In general, on the first visit you can expect to discuss who you are, answer general broad questions allowing the therapist to get to know you and providing you with an opportunity to decide if the counselor is the right fit.  For follow up sessions you should be prepared to discuss your current life happenings inclusive of the stress or grief that have brought you to therapy, your personal history relevant that may be relevant, and to report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous counseling sessions.  Depending on your specific needs, counseling can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development.  Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your counselor; usually weekly to bi-weekly.

What about medication vs. counseling?

As your counselor I may encourage you to discuss medication intervention with your primary care physician.  However, many medical professionals will encourage you to not only seek medication, but to remain actively involved in an open dialogue with a counselor to treat the mind alongside the body.  It is my belief and hope for you that you will sustain the growth and changes that counseling will provide whilst taking an integrative approach to your wellness.

Treatment Orientation:

Integrative: integrative counseling means drawing on and blending specific types of therapies. This approach is not linked to one particular type of therapy as those practicing integrative counseling do not believe that only one approach works for everyone.

Modality:

  • Couples
  • Family
  • Group
  • Individual

Specialties:

  • Depressive Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders

Sexuality:

  • Asexual Issues
  • Bisexual Issues
  • Gay Issues
  • Heteorsexual Issues
  • Intersexed Issues
  • Lesbian Issues
  • Transgender Issues

Age Specialty:

  • Adolescents/Teenagers (14 to 19)
  • Adults

Gender Issues:

  • All

Religious Orientation:

  • Any

Client Categories:

  • Asexual Clients
  • Bisexual Clients
  • Gay Clients
  • Heterosexual Clients
  • Intersexed Clients
  • Lesbian Clients
  • Transgender/Transsexual Clients
  • Veterans of the Armed Forces Clients
  • Women/Female Clients

Ethnicity:

  • All
  • Hispanic/Latino
  • Other Racial or Ethnic Background

Language Spoken:

  • English
  • Spanish 

Confidentiality:

All services offered by me are confidential.  I proudly uphold the ethical guidelines set forth by the American Psychological Association, the American Mental Health Counselors Association, and the American Counseling Association. 

Legal Rights, Confidentiality and Privacy:

I proudly uphold the legal rights to privacy set forth by the South Carolina Licensing Boards in Counseling and Psychology, the National Board of Certified Counselors and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Your privacy is an important part of the confidential therapeutic experience.  The law and professional ethics protect the relationship between a client and a therapist and information cannot be disclosed without your specific consent and written permission.​ The law mandates certain exceptions to this confidentiality. Therapists are required by law to report to the appropriate authorities in the following situations:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse
  • A client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person
  • A client is at risk of causing serious physical harm to himself or herself
Insurance:

Out-of-Network. I do not accept any insurances. I do not file insurance claims on behalf of clients. Although I do not participate with any insurance plans at this time, you may be able to collect out-of-network benefits for our sessions.  I will furnish you with a statement of services and the necessary diagnosis and codes if you would like to submit your claim for possible reimbursement. I do provide clients with insurance ready invoices to help clients submit to their insurance company for out-of-network benefits. I so consider a sliding scale option offering a significantly reduced rate for individual and couples counseling/therapy based on financial need.  

Rates:

Package sessions are available. 10 sessions per package. Contact me to discuss rates and details.

The first session is free and is used to meet and talk. The purpose is to see if it will be a good fit for you and to explain the process and what to expect before you commit to counseling. During this session we will evaluate our styles and answer your questions and address any of your concerns.

First session: 30 minute session – complimentary

Sliding Scale option fee based on income: 50 minute session – $35.00 – $40.00

Telephone for established clients who are not currently in crisis: 30 minute session – $45.00

Individual services in office: 50 minute session – $100.00

​Couple services in office: 50 minute session: $125.00​

Extended Time:

Extended sessions are available upon request.  Pricing will differ than above.

Intensive sessions are available. Contact me to discuss rates and details.

During the first few sessions we will learn about each other, I will specifically learn more about you, what is going on in your life, and the ways you are seeking improvement. Together we identify specific goals for counseling and create a plan of action. The number of counseling/therapy sessions depends on a number of factors. After your first few sessions, I will be able to give you an estimate on treatment length. 

Payment and Accepted Payment Methods:

Payment is due at time of services being rendered. PayPal, Cash, Check, etc. 

Cancellation Policy:

The charge for same day cancellations is 100% of your session fee. The charge for failure to keep an appointment without notification is 100% of your session fee.

Professional Affiliations:
  • American Counseling Association (ACA)
  • American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)
  • South Carolina Association of Licensed Professional Counselors (SCALPC)
  • The National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC)