Lauren Gardner, LPC, Ph.D.

Fees, Insurance, and Policies


My standard rate is $125 for a session that lasts about 55 minutes. Payment is due at the time of service, and I accept cash, credit card, Visa, Venmo, and PayPal.

Initial Consultation

I offer free initial consultations by phone. If you think we might be a good fit, reach out to me and let’s talk! Even if we aren’t a good fit, I can hopefully help you find someone who is.


Out-of-network benefits exist on most insurance policies. On request, I am happy to provide you with documentation you need to be reimbursed by your health insurance after each session. I am also in the process of being credentialed with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. In the meantime, you can use out-of-network benefits with me if you have Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

Sliding scale and Pro-bono options

I am able to see a limited number of clients at reduced fees.  Please contact me directly for more information about availability of sliding-scale rates.  Sliding scale rates are generally not available for evening appointments.


At your first appointment, there will be a few forms to fill out. Additional forms may be required if you wish to use insurance, or do distance counseling. Alternatively, you may arrange to come a little early to your first appointment and complete the forms in the office.

Distance Counseling

Online sessions may be available for established clients. Distance sessions are done on a secure platform and must to be arranged in advance. Please note that you need to be physically in the state of North Carolina for any distance therapy session.


If you need to miss an appointment, please contact me as soon as you know you cannot make it. Clients are usually responsible for the full rate if the session is cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice.

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