Lauren Gardner, MA, EdS, LPCA

Fees, Insurance and Policies


My standard rate for one session (one hour) is $100.  This is due at the time of the session. Clients are invited to a free initial consult before the first session. This consult lasts 20-30 minutes, and may be done via phone or in person.


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 clients

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.


Before your first appointment, several forms will be emailed to you. Please complete the Intake Form, read and sign the Professional Disclosure Statement, and read and sign the HIPPA Notice. Additional forms may be required if you wish to use insurance. Alternatively, you may arrange to come a little early to your first appointment and complete the forms in the office.


If you must miss an appointment, please contact me as soon as you know you cannot make the appointment. Clients are responsible for the full rate if the session is cancelled with less than 24-hour notice. If I must miss or cancel your appointment with less than 24 hours’ notice to you, you are entitled to a session at no cost.

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

For appointment information, please leave a message at this confidential voicemail:

(919) 272-8125