Yes, everything is absolutely confidential. Your employer, for example, will not be able to know that you are receiving services at our Center. If privacy is a concern, Seoul Counseling Center is a safe place to come.
Yes, we accept the following International Insurances and offer Direct Billing with them whenever possible for your convenience:
- Allianz Worldwide Care
- HTH Worldwide
- Scholars Health Insurance
- Foreign Service Benefit Plan
- And others
Korean Health Insurance does not cover services at our center; if costs are a concern, contact us to discuss your options.
Free Valet Parking
Yes, we offer free valet parking. The valet booth is open 10am to 9pm, located on the same street as our Center, seen here (click).
Please do not park in the parkway next to our building (as you may get ticketed there); please use our free valet service instead.
Valet Parking Address:
27, Gangnam-daero 158-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea, 06034
도로명주소: 강남대로 158길 27
지번주소: 강남구 신사동 519-26번지
Call our Front Desk for assistance (02-542-5553).
All of our therapists are fluent in English, and several of them are bilingual in English and Korean. All our therapists are trained in either the US or Canada, and they have a deep understanding of both Western and Korean culture.
Our rates differ depending on the service you are seeking and the provider you see. Fees below are per one-hour session. Pro-rated 30-minute and 45-minute sessions are also available for some therapists. Please inquire for further details.
Counseling: Individual Wellbeing & Couples
- MA Intern Counselors: 90,000 won
- MA Licensed Therapists: 140,000 won
- PhD Psychologists: 200,000 – 220,000 won
- 60,000 won/session
- Sessions are 80-minutes long
- Requires a commitment of at least 5 sessions to allow for a contiguous group therapy experience with others.
- Groups include 4-6 people working on similar challenges together with one of our therapists, on topics such as:
- Anxiety. Learning how to overcome my fears and anxieties.
- Depression. Supporting each other to overcome depression in Korea.
- Addiction. Learning how to overcome my addiction.
- Work Stress. Learning to better manage workplace stress.
- Social Connection. Finding more meaningful, deeper connections with others in Seoul (and beyond).
- Barriers to Coping. Identifying ways to overcome barriers to coping and using mental health skills.
- Cultural Identity Challenges & Third Culture. Your sense of lost identity, being torn between cultures, cultural confusion, and how to best cope and re-connect.
Sign up for our Group Therapy sessions:
Intensive Individual Psychotherapy
- 330,000 won (recommended for more severe forms for distress, such as disorder-related impairment, suicidality, etc). Includes the following more intensive services:
- diagnostic intake session & clinical impressions (with documentation, as needed)
- clinical symptom monitoring
- diagnosis-oriented treatment plan
- treatment team care coordination (such as with school staff, psychiatrists, etc, as needed)
Workshops & Corporate Consultations
- Contact for details
Psychological Assessments/PsychoEducational Evaluations
- Contact for details.
- Academic Achievement
- IQ/Intellectual Functioning
- Learning Disorders
- Eating Disorders
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.
That said, it is common for our clients to attend weekly sessions for 3 to 6 months. Some people choose to meet less than that (just a few times), while others continue with us long-term (to continue to work on strengthening other areas of your life, mental health, and wellbeing). You will be in complete control of how long you work with us.
There are no set number of sessions you have to commit to. You have full control over how often you meet with us.
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. We tailor our therapeutic approach to your specific needs. That said, the following are common areas addressed in therapy:
- identify positive and negative patterns in your thinking, life, and behaviors
- learn to change relationship patterns and interaction styles
- build new communication skills
- improve on appropriate assertiveness skills
- deepen your emotional understanding and connection with yourself and others
- clarify your goals
- build your confidence and plan for the future
- strengthen your emotion regulation skills
- learning relaxation strategies
- among others...
Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy. However, medication alone often does not solve all issues. Medication typically treats the symptoms. Our work together, however, is designed to explore more than just symptoms, including the root of the issue, dynamics between relationships, and teach you strategies to more easily attain your mental health goals.
That said, research has shown that medication can be helpful for many individuals for a variety of disorders. We will provide you with referrals to English-speaking medical psychiatrists if medication seems needed. We, however, do not prescribe medication ourselves.
Absolutely. And we encourage you to do so. Therapist-fit is extremely important.
Please read the backgrounds of our therapist team, and let us know if there is anyone you want to meet with:
If you are still a minor (under the age of 18 years old), we are not able to provide services to you without the permission of your parent(s) or legal guardian(s).
If you would like to meet with one of our therapists, I would recommend considering the following:
- If you feel safe and comfortable to speak with your parent(s) directly about wanting to receive professional counseling, such as from us, then speaking to them might be a good next step. Then they can reach out to us to schedule an appointment for you via phone or email.
- If you do not feel safe or comfortable speaking directly with your parents, then you can consider sharing your desire to receive counseling to another family member with whom you feel safe sharing that (such as a sibling or aunt/uncle, etc). And then they may be able to help share that with your parent(s).
- If you do not feel safe or comfortable speaking with any of your family members, then you could share your problems with a school counselor. Your school counselor may be able to help you directly. And/or your school counselor may be able to talk with your parent(s) to ask them to allow you to receive outside professional help from a center like us.
- If you feel you are in immediate danger, you can also call these numbers for help:
- Emergencies: 119
- Suicide Hotline in Korea: 1588-9191
- Child Abuse: 129
Absolutely. You can video-conference with your therapist from the comfort of your home.