Lauren Gardner, LCMHC, Ph.D.

Fees, Insurance, and Policies


Please contact me directly to discuss fees and insurance. Payment is due at the time of session, and cash, credit card, Venmo, or PayPal are all accepted.

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 may be able to help you find someone who is.


Out-of-network benefits exist on most insurance policies. I am happy to provide you with documentation you need to use your out-of-network benefits, and to explain the process to you.

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 appointments. Please note that sliding scale rates are generally not available for evening therapy appointments.


At your first appointment, there will be a few forms to fill out. Usually we’ll spend the first 15 or so minutes on this process. 

Telehealth Distance Counseling

Distance sessions are done on a secure platform and should be arranged in advance. Please note that you need to be physically in the state of North Carolina for any distance session.


If you need to miss an appointment, please contact me as soon as you know. Clients are usually responsible for the full fee if the session is cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice. 

Online sessions may be a good alternative in the event of certain emergencies.

Photo: Briana Woods, 2015-2016. Umstead Park, Raleigh NC

New clients, 

please contact me via 

Psychology Today.