Latonia is a marriage and family therapist specializing in individual, couples and family therapy, and maintains a private practice in Madison and Portland, Tennessee.

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.

ABOUT

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.

SERVICES

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
The short answer is yes. Therapy can help you understand why things upset you and what you can do about them. Talking to a therapist is about working toward solutions, not just “talking” about what upsets you, but doing important things to make positive changes. Psychotherapy (which is talk therapy) can be an important part of treatment for depression, ADD and bipolar disorders to name a few. A good therapist can help you cope with feelings and symptoms, and change behavior patterns that may contribute to your illness. Focusing on the past can help explain things in your life, but focusing on the present can help you cope with the present and prepare for the future. You might see your therapist more often at the beginning of treatment, and later, as you learn to manage problems and avoid triggers, you might go to psychotherapy appointments less often.
Everything that we discuss in therapy is confidential. If you ask me to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team, I cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission first.
Currently, doctors typically prescribe antidepressants on a trial-and-error basis, selecting or adding one antidepressant after another when a patient fails to respond to the first treatment. Rarely does a clinician switch to an empirically proven psychotherapy like cognitive behavior therapy after a patient fails to respond to medication, although these data suggest this might be just the right strategy. One day soon, we may be able to quickly scan a patient with an M.R.I. or PET, check the brain activity “fingerprint” and select an antidepressant or psychotherapy accordingly. Read more about this subject in this interesting New York Times article.
You will absolutely know if therapy is helping you. Sometimes it takes feeling worse to feel better, but the rebound is positive and completely worth the effort. Review your progress with your therapist. Improvement won’t happen overnight, but you should see some change, even if it’s just a better understanding of your own thoughts and feelings.

STARTING

Appointments

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.

Insurance

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.

Please note:
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.

Payment

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.

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Forms

Please fill out the New Client Intake Form and the Confidentiality Form and bring to your first session.

New Client Intake & Cancellation Policy Form

Confidentiality Form

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:

Consent to Release Information Form

Rates

This is the most important investment you can make in your life or that of those you care about most.

Services

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.

Online Services

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

Miscellaneous

Missed session (except for emergency) $95.00
Returned financial item (bounced check, etc) $30.00/item

Reduced Fee

Reduced fee services are available on a limited basis.

Cancellation Policy

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.

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Latonia Schmidt

615 788 5589
Madison & Portland, TN 37115