Would you like to begin a series of life enhancements that lead to a truly happy way of life?
Would you like to begin a series of life enhancements that lead to a truly happy way of life? Research shows that Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is a better predictor of success in life, than IQ. Relationships are what life is all about… this is what matters most. Investing in your emotional well-being or that of your marriage relationship or family is the best investment you can make to ensure “life abundantly”. Don’t just live in survival mode, learn to thrive!
This counseling ministry is designed to meet the emotional needs of individuals, couples, & families in the community.
The goal is to enhance, nurture & help clients to maximize their overall potential to build stronger & healthier foundations. A Biblical perspective is used & will be the foundation from which to address individual & family needs for all who choose it. As a solution-focused therapist, my goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. While we can’t change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life. By applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques, we will unearth long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
If you are looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you are just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.
Please call or email me for an individual (child & adolescent available), couples or family therapy consultation today.
Latonia is a marriage and family therapist specializing in individual, couples and family therapy, and maintains a private practice in Madison and Portland, Tennessee.
With over 17+ years experience as a marriage and family therapist, and as a graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University specializing in marriage and family therapy, she is currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among her areas of expertise are divorce, stress, parenting, affairs, loss, depression, children and adolescent issues, premarital, and abuse. She has a great passion for couples, and families to function at their potential because this is what matters most in life!
Previous Client Quotes
“When our teenage daughter displayed serious emotional problems, we were fortunate to be referred to Latonia Schmidt. Mrs. Schmidt provided professional, helpful and caring counseling that has brought about a transformation to healthy lifestyle choices for our daughter. We are eternally grateful.”
“Her expertise and sensitivity to those needing the guidance of a caring professional were clearly evidenced”…
“Latonia had such a positive impact”.
Education and Experience
In addition to being a prominent relationship therapist, Latonia has presented at various conferences and to general audiences speaking on the topics of marriage, family, and emotional well-being.
Over the years, Latonia has enjoyed counseling in a variety of environments, which includes in-home, inpatient and outpatient, and private practice. Latonia received her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca Nazarene University, after receiving her BS degree in Psychology from Western Carolina University. Latonia is also trained in PREPARE/ENRICH and loves doing premarital counseling. Among her favorite associations, Latonia is a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy.
Counseling for individuals, couples and families
My expertise and experience offer a wide range of skills that have worked well in helping my patients receive the best possible care and attention. Weather you are depressed, facing a major life change or simply feel overwhelmed, my goal is to work with you to improve the obstacles you are facing.
Treatment specialization includes:
- Therapy for Depression and Anxiety
- Couples Counseling
- Family Counseling
- Parenting Support
- Grief Counseling
- Work and Career issues
- Stress Management
- Addiction & Recovery
- Conflict Resolution
Your appointment time is a commitment and has been reserved for you. 24 hours notice is required for cancellation, except in the case of an emergency or you will be charged a missed session fee. I’m sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and my sincere hope is that clients understand the importance of keeping their appointments.
One reason I am able to keep our fees low is by using my time to work with clients, not insurance companies. You may find that my fee is lower than your coinsurance or deductible. In fact, research has shown that the average counseling relationship lasts 7 sessions! With my rates, you may not even reach your deductible! I hear so many people making mental health choices based on who their insurance will pay rather than who they feel comfortable with. Make sure to research what your financial responsibility really is before making a final decision.
If you have insurance which provides coverage for this treatment, I will be happy to assist you in completing your claim forms if you provide the appropriate form. You are responsible for mailing it to the insurance company and tracking your reimbursement. I do not accept assignment of benefits, nor do I participate in managed care insurance plans (HMOs and PPOs). I will gladly discuss your proposed treatment with your insurance company if they call and you provide a release of information form directing to do so. I do not call to request authorizations. You are responsible for the full fee regardless of your insurance company’s reimbursement policies.
If you are seeking marriage counseling, insurance companies typically do not pay for this (even if you find someone on your panel). Most insurance companies require a diagnosis of a mental disorder by one or both participants before marriage counseling will be covered. Regardless of where you go for your marriage counseling, you will most likely be required to pay out of pocket or your therapist will need to diagnose you with a mental disorder, which will stay with you when you go to seek future medical or mental health treatment, possibly even future employment. The average cost of services for LMFT’s (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists) is $100 per session and as high as $200 per session. Latonia makes every effort to keep overhead costs to a minimum, allowing to charge fees below the average.
Your regular fee will be charged for any additional professional services rendered by your provider at your request, such as phone contacts over five minutes, preparation of special forms, insurance reports, court time, consults with other professionals, etc.
Cash, check and all major credit cards accepted for payment. Every attempt to keep fees as low as possible by keeping overhead costs to a minimum. I ask clients to help me continue to do this by following my payment guidelines. Fees are due and payable at the time of each session. Credit card payments are accepted in the office at the time of service.
To make a payment with your credit card, just fill out the amount below and click ‘Make a Payment’. You’ll be taken to PayPal’s Website, where you can complete the payment to me safely and securely.
This is the most important investment you can make in your life or that of those you care about most.
Individual Therapy (50 minutes) $95.00
Individual therapy (90 minutes) $150.00
Family/Couples therapy (50 minutes) $95.00
Family/Couples therapy (90 minutes) $150.00
Pre-Marital Counseling Package $95.00 plus, an additional $30 paid directly to PREPARE-ENRICH for online assessment; 4 counseling sessions as required by the State of Tennessee for marriage license discount, does not include required PREPARE inventory administration and scoring.
E-mails therapeutic in nature requiring response $95 for two
Phone sessions (50 minutes) $95
Phone calls over 5 minutes, under 50 minutes $1.50/minute
Missed session (except for emergency) $95.00
Returned financial item (bounced check, etc) $30.00/item
Reduced fee services are available on a limited basis.
If you do not show up for your scheduled therapy appointment, and you have not notified us at least 24 hours in advance, you will be required to pay the full cost of the session.
Please fill out the New Client Intake Form and the Confidentiality Form and bring to your first session.
If you would like me to coordinate care with another professional (e.g., your psychiatrist, primary care physician, etc.), please complete the applicable release of information form below:
615 788 5589
Madison & Portland, TN 37115