Rich Shannon    

Marriage & Family Therapy

Master of Arts in Counseling & Educational Psychology
Nationally Certified Counselor
State of Nevada Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist 
State of Nevada Licensed Clinical Alcohol & Drug Counselor

Frequently Asked Questions

What are your fees? 

Most of us have a desire to understand what we are paying for and what we can expect in return. My current fee is $150 for a 55 minute session. 

 Will you bill my insurance? 

I am a preferred provider for:

Hometown Health Plan
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Prominence Health Plan
Nevada Medicaid and Nevada Check up
Heath Plan of Nevada

I can process Health Savings Accounts (HSA) Credit/Debit cards as well.  

How long does therapy last? 

Therapy is as unique as each of us. In addition there are several things to consider in the answer to that question. How hard are you willing to work? How many people are involved in the process? How complex are the issues we are discussing? How quickly do you reach a comfort level that allows you to be open with me? These are just some of the things that can be considered. Clients have benefitted from as little as one session while others have been in therapy for years. Because of this variety I allow the client to determine when therapy ends. If you have achieved the goals you desire or decide that I am no longer beneficial to you then I encourage you to end our relationship. My desire is that our time working together is brief but as long as it needs to be. Many people in therapy come once a week for 10 to 12 weeks. Some clients just come in to refocus 3 or 4 times a year. There are people that benefit from long term therapy but my belief is that this is not the norm.

What do you specialize in? 

I have experience working with a lengthy list of individuals, couples and families. Some of the most frequent issues I have dealt with are suicide, grief, adoption, anxiety, depression, substance use disorders, military families, marriage issues, remarriage and blended families, pre-marriage, divorce and self image. This is not a complete list but is inclusive of the issues I deal with most often.

Two of the most common statements I hear are, “I’m not sure what is wrong I just feel stuck” and “I’m not sure what is going on but I just think something is missing”.  I will be very straightforward with you if I have never worked with a specific issue or if I believe that I cannot help you. My desire is that you have a positive therapy experience whether it is with me or someone else.

Can you guarantee results?

I am prevented by law from guaranteeing results. I would encourage you to be skeptical of any provider that is willing to guarantee results. The human psyche and experience are very complex. I will tell you I have helped a lot of people along the journey of life and to date have not received any complaints or negative feedback. While I believe we all can benefit from therapy I also believe we need to work with the right person to achieve this benefit.

Is therapy confidential? 

The therapy relationship and what is discussed in session are protected by law as confidential. There are the following exceptions: I am required by law to report suspected child or elder abuse. I am also required to report if I believe that you are a threat to yourself or to somebody else. Finally the court can require me to break confidentiality. These events rarely happen but it is important that you understand these exceptions to confidentiality do exist.