Alexa Yarnell, MS
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Mental Health Counseling and Psychotherapy
South Dakota LPC20747
Is therapy for me?
You have an inherent capacity to heal, and when we're struggling, it's easy to isolate and avoid help. What you're feeling is normal, however you don't have to go at it alone.
Are you struggling to feel like yourself? You may be feeling lost and confused. Do you experience symptoms of anxiety or depression? Do you notice an impact on your relationships, work, school, family, or daily life and basic functioning? Perhaps you struggle with food, eating, or body image? Do you lack motivation or interest in life or hobbies? Or, maybe you've just had a baby and your life and identity has changed. You want to understand why you're feeling this way, and how you can create a deeper understanding of yourself and what makes you who you are. Maybe you've experienced a significant life event, or maybe you haven't. Either way, you're struggling to make sense of where you're at in life.
I utilize psychodynamic theory, incorporating ISTDP, mindfulness, and ACT interventions. Through weekly sessions at your pace, we will collaborate to help you feel better.
I graduated from Montana State University (MSU) in Bozeman with a Master of Science degree in Health and Human Development-Mental Health Counseling. I was a post-master's intern at Counseling and Psychological Services at MSU and the Eating Disorder Center of Montana (EDCMT). I continued to work as a primary therapist at EDCMT until 2019, when I decided to start my private practice. I am licensed to practice therapy and counseling in Montana and Wyoming.
In my private practice, I continue to work work folks who experience troubled relationships with food, eating, and body image. In May of 2020, during pandemic lockdown, I gave birth to my son and have since experienced postpartum depression (PPD). Through my challenges as a new mom with PPD, I became interested in further educating myself about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders through Postpartum Support International and Seleni Institute. I am working toward a certification as a Perinatal Mental Health Counselor (PMH-C), as well as a certification as a postpartum doula (CPD). In addition to my work as an outpatient therapist treating eating disorders, I am passionate about supporting new parents as they journey into a new phase life with a little one, and hope to support the mental and emotional health of new parents both as a therapist and doula.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you're new to the therapy process, here is some information that may be useful.
Have a question that is not listed here? Please call or email me!
Do you bill insurance?
Yes. I am in network with Blue Cross Blue Shield, Allegiance, PacificSource, Cigna, Mountain Health Co-op, Medicaid, and United. Co-pays are due at the time of service. You are responsible for all out-of-pocket costs that your health insurance does not cover.
What are your fees?
75-minute intake assessment is $160, and a 50-minute therapy session is $150. Late cancellation and no-show fee is $75 (not billable to insurance). Depending on your insurance plan, you may be responsible for some or all of the fee. You are responsible for finding out your mental health benefits prior to your first session.
Are your sessions confidential?
Unless you are at risk of hurting yourself or another person; are aware of current abuse or neglect to an elderly person, disabled person, or a minor; your records are subpoenaed, the contents of session are kept confidential.
Will we meet in person or via Telehealth?
The majority of sessions are conducted via Telehealth, using a HIPAA compliant platform call Spruce Health. I am beginning to see some patients in person. Please inquire about in person sessions if that is your preferred method. Some insurance plans may not cover Telehealth. You are responsible for contacting your insurance prior to your first Telehealth session to determine if your plan will cover video therapy sessions.
How do I schedule a session?
Please call me directly at 406.209.8327, or send me an email at email@example.com. Most new patient appointments will be scheduled within 1 to 2 weeks.
How long does therapy take?
It is different for everybody, and depends on many factors. Generally speaking, therapy is an open-ended process, which allows us flexibility to meet your needs through every stage. Some insurance plans may allow a certain number of sessions per calendar year. It is your responsibility to find out if your insurance plan has a yearly session limit.
How often will we meet?
Schedules permitting, sessions are held weekly at a regular time that we both agree upon.
I offer clinical supervision for post-master's counseling licensure candidates in Montana and Wyoming.
Please contact me if you are interested or would like more information!