Frequently Asked Questions

What does the office and building look like?
My office is in St George Utah in the Morningside Professional Plaza, a beautiful and safe atmosphere for my clients. I feel strongly that the space for therapy can and does influence emotional processes for clients I work with. The setting is one that is clean and progressive and allows for more open processing and working through of relationships.
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Do you accept insurance and if so what ones do you accept?
Most of my clients are private pay but if you have insurance and would like to use it, I can provide you with with documentation that you can submit for reimbursement to your insurance company. Select Health, BlueCross, United, PEHP, Aetna, Altius and several others are companies that many of my clients are on and submit claims to. Here’s how the process works … I’ve made it quite simple for you. I document your sessions with all the required information (dates of service, my credentials, etc) all on one form for you to then simply submit it to your insurance and they reimburse you directly. You can get more information and specific details on your using your insurance by clicking this link on insurance billing and reimbursement on my site.

Is the counseling you offer confidential?
Absolutely. The law protects the confidentiality of clients regarding any and all communications between the client and me the therapist. No information can or will be expressed without prior written permission from the client. Read my blog article on confidentiality and counseling.

How do I know if I really need counseling and therapy?
All people go through ups and downs in their relationships throughout the course of their lives. You may have successfully managed in most situations and most relationships, there is nothing wrong with seeking additional support and direction through counseling. I have found that counseling and therapy is for people that are self-aware enough to know they would like some extra support and answers. Some come to my office with a long history of issues while others come for a few sessions to get answers and grasp a better handle on how they can move forward and through their life.

How do I know how often I need to come in for therapy?
That question is entirely based on your needs and your history. I generally can assess this on the first session based on the issues and problems that bring you into therapy. I find most clients try to strike a balance with their needs and their budget in terms of what works for them. This is an item that we discuss during your first visit based on your needs/wants and my clinical recommendation.

I’ve never been to a counselor before, what is it like in a typical session?
First, you will want to ensure you read my article on your first therapy session. Every session is unique and is determined by the individual’s needs and desires for seeking help. It is common for therapists to discuss the primary issues and concerns that bring the client into therapy. It’s often common to schedule weekly sessions or bi-monthly sessions and each session lasts around an hour. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issues or an aggregate of issues; it can also be more long-term and address chronic patterns and relational difficulties. Often I have clients do ‘homework’, tasks, readings, and assignments that will support what they are doing in therapy. The research indicates that in order for therapy to be effective the participant must take an active role in the process.

How do I know if I need medication for my difficulties?
For some individuals a combination of medication and therapy is the best course to obtain the results the individual is seeking. I am not a ‘pusher’ or heavy advocate of medication. I have seen medication to be a strong support and at times needful to assist clients in tackling their present issues. I work with doctors and nurse practitioners often to be help in a holistic manner meet the client’s needs. Having an integrative approach to wellness can be achieved by therapy and counseling in some cases using medication to assist in the process.

Was there a question that I did not answer or you’d like more details on?
I am happy to answer any questions you have. Feel free to email me at justin.stum.lmft@gmail.com or call me on my confidential line at 435.574.9193 There is no charge for answering any questions.
Also, feel free to make a suggestion as to a question I could add to my list here too!