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Why therapy now?

Why not therapy is the real question....

Therapy is not just for severe mental illnesses or when you are in a crisis. Who do you talk to when things start to get heavy? For many people, therapy can feel a bit intimidating or taboo. Some may even think that there is no need for therapy as long as they are not having a mental breakdown. The NOIR Center is here to change the perception of what some think when it comes to accessing therapeutic services. Considering the cultural aspects of the black experience, we've created an emotionally safe space for you to share your story with us. You no longer have to hold it all in or all to yourself. You can take the "S" off your chest and, for once, allowing yourself to be human. You don't always have to keep it together or show up. Permit yourself to ask for help when you need it. So what's stopping you from healing, growth, and the ability to care for your emotions? The time is now to begin your journey towards living the life you deserve.

Specialized areas of healing

Generational Trauma

Mood Disturbances

Racial Healing

Reclaiming your sexual self


Arousal & Desire Discrepancies 

Women's Issues


Life Transitions

Collective Stress (being Black in America)

Types of therapy provided


Individual Counseling:

If you want to address challenges such as navigating being black in America, sort through situational problems, explore life goals, alleviate anxiety or depressive symptoms, manage change and transition, or pursue personal growth as you talk to one of our trained clinicians, you can do so. Talking one-on-one with a trained professional in a confidential setting can be an extremely powerful and effective strategy to improve your life.










Relationship/Marital Counseling:

This is to address concerns specifically related to relationships. Relationship counseling can address various topics that relationships face, whether its within a marriage, engagement or even just starting. Pre-marital counseling is also an option for anyone who wants to ensure their relationship has what it takes to go the distance before jumping the broom.


Even stable relationships sometimes struggle from time to time. Proactive therapy works to help improve communication and problem-solving skills, learn how to disagree in healthy, and learn to negotiate differences or share greater intimacy.

Relationship counseling can also be beneficial in helping rocky relationships get back on track. Whether the task is to heal from infidelity or lack of trust, prevent divorce, or regain a sense of closeness, talking with a trained professional can make all the difference.


If a couple has decided to end the marriage, learning to uncouple consciously can be beneficial in helping a relationship separate or divorce most healthily and least destructively possible – especially important if there are children involved.


Family Counseling:

Family counseling can be beneficial when issues affect more than just one individual in the family. Things that can be addressed in family counseling include the following:

  •  Improvement of parent-child relationships,

  • Addressing behavioral problems in the children

  • Learn how to cope with a family member's physical or mental illness

  • Or just get a tune-up so that all members of your family can feel happier and better supported.

Talking with a family therapist can be an invaluable tool. Family therapy is also often used in conjunction with individual and/or relationship work.


The Troubled Tribe Therapy - 3T
(Therapy for friends)


What do you do when your tribe is troubled?
We help heal troubled tribes, broken besties, and fractured friendship

Are you and your friend in an awkward space, and things seem different or distant? Do you feel like you are growing apart and don’t know how to communicate this to your friend? Has your friend hurt you, and you don’t know how to tell them because you don’t want them to take it wrong? Do you feel as though the friendship is one-sided and not reciprocal? If you answered yes to any of these questions and the friendship is important to you, then therapy for the troubled tribe is what you need. Don’t end a friendship over a misunderstanding that can be processed and resolved with the help of a neutral party?
When you think about relationship counseling, the first thing that comes to mind is a romantic or dating-type relationship. While you would be correct, friendships are also a different type of significant relationship that may also require help. Some even suggest that friendship breakups can be as painful or emotionally wounding as a dating or marital partner breakup. If you see value in going to therapy to help you with your intimate partner(s) relationships, why not be open to seeking treatment for friendships. It is possible to mend a fractured friendship if all parties involved are open, honest, and receptive to the process. Your friendship is deserving of a chance to be revived. 
Top 5 things that lead to friendship fallouts
1) The lack of open and honest communication between friends
2) Unreciprocated support
3) Growing apart and not talking about it
4) Betrayal of trust
5) Unrealistic friendship expectations


Session Extras

Session extras are always complimentary for the clients we serve. As identified in our mission, NOIR seeks to change the narrative and help to shift the experience of therapeutic encounters. Our session extras provide a little extra comfort by introducing different activities or descriptions to the session. All extras have therapeutic value, and the specific values of each are explained, discussed, and reviewed with the client before beginning. Clients can change session extras depending on how they feel.

Chat n’ Chew sessions

Sit n’ Sip

Walk n’ Talks

Ground Downs

Couch conversations


Therapeutic Interventions

Our clinicians use their clinical judgment to determine which therapeutic intervention clinically fits and works the best for where the client is. Below is a list of some of the interventions our therapists can provide.




Body awareness






Narrative Therapy

Breathe Work

Relationship Panoramic

Group therapy (Therapeutic Round Table Talks)

We offer monthly groups for current clients at no additional cost. The groups discuss anything from parenting woes and navigating therapy to recent events such as social unrest and its impact on emotional wellness. Our Therapeutic Round Table Talks allow access to these fantastic group processes.

Making the investment your mental health deserves...

We pay for the things we value and your mental and emotional health should be no different. Deciding to start your therapy journey is a big decision. Therapy is a significant personal, time, and financial commitment. If you are asking if therapy is worth it, the short answer is yes! Therapy is worth the monetary investment because the return on your investment is yours to keep forever. Healing is something no one can take away from you.  The investment in yourself is priceless. At the end of the day, you can view therapy as the gift that keeps on giving. By taking care of your psychological and emotional needs, you invest in your present and future happiness.  You are worth it. We also take the investment in your healing seriously.

Why don't we accept more insurance companies?

To be very honest, dealing with insurance companies can be a real pain for the provider and the patient. Many individuals prefer not to use their insurance to preserve their privacy, prevent insurance companies from dictating care, and have more control over their treatment plans. Bypassing insurance allows the utmost flexibility and privacy for our patients. There will also be no diagnosis on your permanent health record, and no one will ever know you're in therapy unless you tell them or sign a release granting them access to your information. Marriage counseling is not covered under most health insurance plans, regardless of whether or not a therapist is in-network with an insurance company. For insurance to reimburse for counseling, the therapist must diagnose the patient with a mental health disorder, and there is no reimbursable diagnosis code for marriage counseling.

The reality is having insurance and being able to utilize benefits can be a real lifesaver for many people.  However, there are drawbacks and limitations as well.  In the spirit of full transparency and disclosure, we have outlined some of the advantages and disadvantages:



  • It can be more affordable to just pay the copay instead of the full-service fee

  • You may be able to enjoy more sessions if affordability is a concern for you.



  • Your insurance will determine the parameters of treatment, instead of you and your therapist.  This could affect the number of sessions, frequency of meetings, and types of treatment they approve for you.  

  • You cannot utilize insurance benefits for couples counseling, family therapy, other relationship issues, or personal growth.  Insurance will only pay for the medically necessary treatment of a mental disorder that impacts functioning. 

  • Your diagnosis will become a pre-existing condition on your record.

  • Your record is not completely private or confidential.

  • If your health insurance carrier denies a claim, you will still be responsible for the full payment.  This can interrupt therapy if you are not prepared for it.

  • Depending on your plan, you may also need to pay a very high deductible before your insurance will even begin making payments on claims.

Good Faith Estimate for Therapy Services


You have the right to receive a “Good Faith Estimate” explaining the cost of your medical care/therapy.  Health care providers are legally obligated to give patients who don’t have insurance or who are not using insurance an estimate of the bill for medical services.

• You may ask your health care provider for a Good Faith Estimate before you schedule an item or service. You have the right to receive a Good Faith Estimate in writing 1 business day before your medical service for the total expected cost of any non-emergency items or services. This includes related costs like medical tests, prescription drugs, equipment, and hospital fees. 

• Be sure to save a copy of your Good Faith Estimate. You may dispute any bill you receive that is more than $400 above your Good Faith Estimate.

•For questions or more information about your right to a Good Faith Estimate, visit or call 1-800-985-3059.


Side Note: If medically necessary, money spent on personal therapy sessions can often be deducted on your tax return as it helps you improve your mental health. Many accountants have differing viewpoints on whether this counts as a write-off, so be sure to check with your CPA.


Licensed Clinician Session Fees

Individual Therapy Session:

Couples/Relationship/Family Therapy Session:

$160 (45 min)

$185 (55 min)

Initial session intake $250

State Registered Mental Health Intern

Individual Therapy Session:

Couples/Relationship/Family Therapy Session:

$110 (45 min)

$125 (55 min)

Initial session intake $200

Clinical Mental Health Graduate Intern

Individual Therapy Session:

Couples/Relationship/Family Therapy Session:

$60 (45 min)

$75 (55 min)

Initial session intake $125



We offer 10 - 12 min complimentary consultations to all prospective patients. 

Treatment Sessions

Therapy sessions are usually held once a week for forty-five – fifty 45-50 minutes Sessions are typically scheduled weekly until you, and I agree that a different schedule is appropriate. This usually is dependent on schedule availability, finances, and goals for treatment. If we decide EMDR therapy is suitable for you, sessions are scheduled differently. Goals for treatment are determined within the first few sessions. These are periodically reviewed and refined. Termination occurs when both of us mutually agree that the goals have been satisfactorily addressed or there is another reason to terminate, such as a required move. You have the right to terminate at any time; I ask that you discuss your concerns with me for at least one session before you leave.

No Third-Party/Insurance Accepted except Cigna

Please note: All sessions are self-pay. You are ultimately financially responsible for any balance. The NOIR Center does not bill any third-party payers, nor do we provide any information other than receipts of payment made by you, should you decide to seek reimbursement for our services. We will not communicate or send any information to an insurance company we do not participate with. 

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