Mental Health Questions & FAQs

Page updated: 06-10-2018

Basic mental health questions, frequently asked, are answered on this page. These questions provide general and prep info related either to holistic psychotherapy and counseling or wellness coaching and other services here at Handcrafted Health.

We realize that there are many types of questions.  The purpose of the page is to provide quick answers to frequently asked questions related to the services offered here.

Specific mental health questions concerning medical conditions should be brought to your medical doctor.  Are you seeing a doctor for a medical condition and need help with the challenges you're facing? Like improving your health behaviors associated with your doctor's medical recommendations? Contact us.

FYI, specific health questions concerning mental health are not addressed on this site because this site is meant for informational purposes only. Mental health questions should be brought directly to a licensed mental health professional like a licensed counselor, licensed social work, advance practice registered nurse, or psychiatrist by contacting them directly for a private discussion. Contact us.

I have a specific physical, mental or emotional health challenge. Can you help?

Contact Lucrezia Mangione and she can discuss the specifics of your situation and address your health questions. Please note that there are specific conditions and services that she is unable to offer. Kindly read about them here before contacting us.

Are you in crisis? Are you in of need help? If so, do not access or use this website or any materials on it. Instead directly and immediately contact 911 or go to nearest emergency room.

Here are more numbers in the State of Maryland to help you:

  • 211: Maryland Crisis Intervention Hotline or www.211md.org
  • 240-777-4000: Crisis Center hotline in Montgomery County, Maryland
  • 800-422-0009: Maryland state wide Crisis Center Hotline
  • 301-273-8255: Maryland Suicide Hotline
  • 301-840-2500: Maryland Drug and Alcohol Hotline

How long is a session?

For both holistic psychotherapy and counseling and wellness coaching, an initial intake and assessment is between 1.25 and 1.5 hours. All sessions thereafter are 45 - 60 minutes.

What do I wear?

For both holistic psychotherapy and counseling and wellness coaching, anything you wear is fine.  Keep in mind that comfort is key so, be comfortable please. Sometimes during Wellness Coaching sessions biofield techniques are used. In this case, if you're comfortable it is suggested that shoes are taken off for the duration of the session, eye wear and most belts are also suggested to be off as well.

What can I expect when I come for a session?

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With each session, you can expect a safe place where you can explore what you wish. Sessions are different and unique based on your needs.  During the initial intake and assessment session, time is spent gathering information from you and identifying what you want help with.  Gathering this information continues for several sessions thereafter.  At the beginning of follow up sessions, time is spent checking in and receiving updates about your experiences and progress.

For holistic therapy and counseling: Sessions are typically done sitting down in comfortable chairs. Sometimes movement is encouraged to facilitate processing and expression. At the completion of a session, recommendations may be given, referrals are made as appropriate and further options are discussed to support your process.

For wellness coaching: After the initial intake or check-in is complete, you choose to either move to the massage table or remain in the chair and the session begins. At the completion, if you like, we talk. You may share and ask any questions. I make referrals as appropriate and discuss further options to support your process.

If you have further health questions, just ask.

How does Energy Psychology work?

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It's important to work with a counselor who's a good fit for you. I offer a free 10-minute call to explore the best steps forward.  Schedule a call.

Emergency Numbers

If you are experiencing an emergency, please call:

  • 911
  • 240-777-4000: Crisis Hotline, Montgomery County, MD
  • 800-422-0009: Maryland state-wide Crisis Hotline
  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline website

All living systems have energy. This energy continually emanates from all life and is in constant interplay with its surroundings. Every human being, animal, plant and living organism is in continuous dialogue because of this fluid and vast sea of energy that we are all made of and that we all live in.

Modern physics and, specifically, emerging studies in the field of quantum physics supports subtle energies and biofield therapy. Detailed information on studies can be found at the Institute for Noetic Sciences (IONS), The International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine (ISSSEEM), Healing Beyond Borders (HBB) also known as Healing Touch International (HTI) and the Association of Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP).

Do I need to do anything before, during or after a session?

In preparation for your session allow yourself to be with whatever arises whether you are coming for holistic therapy and counseling session or for a wellness coaching session.  It is typical that once you decide to come and schedule your appointment deeper feelings, thoughts and concerns surrounding your presenting situation(s) arise.  Be as present as you can with it prior to coming.

Additionally, ponder what your intention is. An intention is consciously setting a focus point for your continued path towards greater health and well-being. What is your desire for your health? What is it you want?  When you know that answer and it feels right then set that as your focus – setting your intention.

After any session is complete have time to integrate.  Journaling, drawing, and recording your thoughts are good ways to continue to assimilate your experience. Individualized recommendations may be given for you to do at home.

Coming for holistic psychotherapy and counseling?  Your time here offers you a safe place to explore your feelings, thoughts and experiences that can help you grow into a conscious understanding of your present circumstances, gain insight to resolve challenges while your work towards your desired goals.

Your job is to simply be willing to explore.  Your pain, confusion, and heartache are an opportunity to transform you.  Once here, your story, your history, both known and unknown, and your expectations are explored. Being a willing partner brings about your self-discovery and change.

My job is as a therapeutic partner; exploring your inner and outer dialogue, observing any patterns and helping you to translate, understand, integrate and apply what you are learning about yourself to create the change you desire.  This, in turn, can enrich your daily life and living.  It is a process.

Coming for wellness coaching?  During your session, your job is to receive.  Unless you are actively tapping, you don’t have to do anything at all.  You may have your eyes opened or closed.  You may stay awake or fall asleep but your job is to simply be.  Allowing yourself to move into greater states of resting,  relaxing and letting yourself go into deeper places of receiving healing and returning to balance.

Some of the energy-oriented techniques I offer can be continually interactive.  At times you may need to express yourself and I may need to engage with you.  These are typically times when dialogue occurs.

Immediately after the session is complete you will have time to integrate.  Journaling, drawing, and recording your thoughts are good ways to continue to assimilate your experience after your session. Individualized recommendations are given for you to do at home.

If you have further health questions, just ask.

Do I need a referral from a doctor?

A doctor’s referral is not needed. That said, I recommend informing your doctor. It is always a good idea to let all the members of your healthcare team, including your doctor, know what work you are receiving to work towards improving your mental health and well being. You may wish to give permission to myself and others on your team to speak and collaborate together in helping you.  If you have further health questions about this, contact us.

Will insurance cover psychotherapy & counseling?

Frequently asked questions

Counseling may be reimbursable depending on your insurance policy.  Please contact your insurance to check whether your insurance plan covers mental health services. 

I am an

  • In-network provider with CareFirst Maryland BlueCross Blue Shield 
  • Out-of-network provider for all other insurance companies*

*If you have out-of-network benefits on your plan you can submit your statement for potential reimbursement.   I will provide a Superbill that you can use.  Read more details about insurance reimbursement and options here.  Please be advised that there is no insurance coverage for wellness coaching.


What are your fees and payment options?

Fees: Please contact Lucrezia Mangione for her fees. Rates for initial intake and assessments sessions, lasting between 1.25 and 1.5 hours, are different than rates for follow-up sessions, lasting 45 - 60 minutes. Additionally, sessions In-Home, In-Hospital, or In-Your-Office sessions are available with additional time billed for travel and set-up.

Are you an organization looking for a speaker? Interested in integrating Healing Touch at the bedside or counseling chair?  Learn more here and contact us with questions.

Payment Options:  Payment is due at the time of service. Cash, US postal money order, PayPal, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and debit cards are accepted.

Office and mailing address is Handcrafted Health c/o The Spectrum Center for Natural Medicine, 8555 16th Street, Suite 402, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

Office address

  • Lucrezia Mangione
  • Handcrafted Health
  • c/o Spectrum Center for Natural Medicine
  • 8555 16th Street Suite 402
  • Silver Spring, MD  20910

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