Megan Orr-Murphy, M.Ed, LPC, completed her undergraduate studies at Appalachian State University in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication, and received her Master’s degree in Counseling from Western Carolina University. She began her career as a school counselor in both elementary and middle school settings.
Megan enjoys working with people on an individual basis to guide them toward change. Her background in both school counseling and communication prepared her to work closely with people across the life span.
Megan’s philosophy of counseling is to meet clients in the space in which they are ready, and help them to get to where they want to be. Her history as a counselor includes working with families and individuals to create more effective communication patterns. She enjoys working with clients of all ages and has experience working with a range of diagnoses including: depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, trauma, grief and has been trained in DBT therapy.
Megan’s rates are $120 for the initial session and $95 for each session after, if you are not using any benefits. Insurance companies will be billed at $150 a session.
Depending on your current health insurance provider or employee benefit plan, it is possible for services to be covered in full or in part. Please contact your provider to verify how your plan compensates you for psychotherapy services.
I’d recommend asking these questions to your insurance provider to help determine your benefits:
- Does my health insurance plan include mental health benefits?
- Do I have a deductible? If so, what is it and have I met it yet?
- Does my plan limit how many sessions per calendar year I can have? If so, what is the limit?
- Do I need written approval from my primary care physician in order for services to be covered?
I accept cash, check and all major credit cards as forms of payment.
Credit card payment is dependent on the therapist you work with. Credit card payments will be charged a 4% fee for processing.
If you are unable to attend a session, please make sure you cancel at least 24 hours beforehand. Otherwise, you may be charged for the full rate of the session.
Any Other Questions
Please contact me for any additional questions you may have. I look forward to hearing from you!
What to expect at your first session
A first meeting with a therapist can cause heightened anxiety. Please be aware that this is normal, and that clients usually feel relief after the first session.
When you arrive for the session you are welcome to relax in the waiting room until I come to greet you. I will invite you into my office and collect your paperwork (which you can find links to below), and any insurance information that you may have. This is also a good time to pay for the session. We will discuss confidentiality and what to expect in the counseling relationship.
Once paperwork is complete I will begin learning your story by asking questions. I will most likely use the “Client Intake” form to lead the questions. It is the first goal in therapy to establish a rapport, and then move into a trusting relationship. It may take a few sessions to begin to feel that. The first session will take an hour and sessions thereafter will usually be 50 minutes, unless a longer session has been requested.
If the client is a minor I like to have a “parent /guardian only session” first before meeting the client. This gives me a chance to get an adult perspective of the client, as well as an opportunity to have any adult conversation before the minor is involved. I find that kids feel more comfortable in the first session being a participant in the entire session. When I meet the minor client I will meet them with a parent present so we can discuss confidentiality and the counseling relationship together.
Please complete the following forms and bring them to session with you. We will use the client intake form to lead our first session together.
- Authorization for Release of Information
- Emergency Form
- Insurance and Financial Policies
- Client Intake
- Notice of Privacy Practices
- Client Registration
- Professional Disclosure Statement