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Meet Stacey-Founder and Therapist

My name is Stacey Bessard and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in the state of Ohio, Georgia and Florida. As a first generation Haitian American, I’ve realized that I am always evolving and as I evolve into a complex person, I will continue to redefine who I am.  With this in mind, I seek to sit with clients beyond the surface levels to identify the core issues of the heart that are not communicated.

I am a poet and abstract painter. My love for art and colors in general is my most used tool in the counseling room. Colors have a way of communicating the unspoken language of the heart. Abstract art among other forms of art, such as music, dance and poetry is what I invite into the therapy room to help express when words don’t seem to be enough. In addition to expressive art.

I am trained in Emotion Focused Therapy, Systemic Therapy, Somatic Attachment and Brain Spotting Phase 1 and 2. I am also a Supervisor Candidate, with experience working with intern clinicians. 

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We all want to be heard, seen, and have our personal context understood. My natural inclination to consider and understand the many variables that make a person who they are is my biggest tool in session. 

As a Marriage and Family Therapist intern, I believe in change. I believe in my client's ability to accomplish their goals. I believe it’s never too late to change the plot of the story. My hope is that clients will believe this for themselves.

I attempt to do that by meeting the person apart from the problem. Understanding their personal narrative, family history, culture and values. Who are they? How does this issue affect them, specifically? How they see themselves and others in their world? What strengths are going unnoticed because another narrative has taken the center stage? And how can we pull those inner strengths to the forefront? From that vantage point we will work together towards empowerment, considering new possibilities, and acting on them.

Do you want to gain clarity? Does taking stock of who you are and where you want to go, sound appealing?

A new chapter is absolutely possible, one small task at a time!

I do NOT ACCEPT INSURANCE. I offer COUNSELING at reduced rates.

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I accept the following insurances 

Aetna/Optumn and United Healthcare. If you would like to use insurance, but it is not listed in the above “in network” insurances, please note the options below. 

  • You can pay for therapy services with a HSA or FSA card.

  • You may have “out of network,” benefits for mental health services. Out of network benefits allow you to pay for therapy at the time of service and be partially reimbursed by your insurance provider.  I can provide you with a monthly statement (called a Superbill), which you may then submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement. 

  • To find out what is covered by your insurance company and reimbursement, call the customer member/service number on the back of your insurance card. Here are the following questions to ask:

1.     Do I have out of network benefits with outpatient mental health?

2.     If outpatient mental health is covered, what are my deductibles and have I met my deductibles?

3.     Are there any limitations with outpatient mental health benefits?

4.     Do I require a special referral for reimbursement?

5.     How do I submit my receipt and how long does it take to be reimbursed?

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