Getting Started

You are welcome at iHope. Call us at 843-702-0323 to schedule an intake session today. Then come here to find your intake form, policies documents, and learn more about what to expect in your first session. 

What to expect at iHope

When you call iHope, we will talk to you briefly about what you are looking for in counseling, and will recommend a counselor based on your request and availability. If you would like to move forward, we’ll schedule a first appointment.

When you arrive, you’ll park in the back and walk around to the front door to enter the building. Our lobby is set up to be comfortable, relaxing, and safe.

In the first session, you will spend time with your counselor getting to know each other, identifying your concerns and goals, and establishing a safe professional relationship for moving forward in counseling. Your counselor will review their Informed Consent, so that you know what the counseling process will be like and understand confidentiality, their educational background and qualifications, the fee structure, and more. Your counselor will also review your intake form so that they can begin to understand how we can be most helpful to you.

Every session then closes with identifying the next scheduled session and coming back to the front office to handle payment. (In future sessions, you’ll pay when you arrive, before going into your session.) Our counselors, staff, and volunteers will all respect your privacy and will strive to make sure you feel comfortable and welcomed.

 Required Intake Paperwork

Have you scheduled your first appointment with iHope? We are excited to meet you! Go to this page to download the paperwork that you’ll need to review and fill out before your first session. It is a legal requirement to complete this paperwork before starting counseling, so make sure that you can complete it ahead of time, or let us know you’ll arrive 20-30 minutes early for your first appointment to complete it then.

Pay Structure

Session fees range from $40-$60 per hour, based on the credentials of your counselor. iHope is not set up to file insurance claims, but we will be happy to provide the necessary documentation for you to submit your own reimbursement requests. (We cannot guarantee insurance reimbursement.)

  • State-licensed counselor fees at $60 per hour.
  • Pastoral counselors or Licensed Interns have a fee of $50 per hour.
  • Graduate Student Intern fees are $40 per hour, and they are supervised by the iHope Executive Director.

We also offer a Ministry Support discount of 10%. Please let us know if this applies for you.

Payment is due when you arrive for session. Our cancellation policy requires 24-hour notice of cancellations or rescheduling, or we will need to bill you for the full amount of the missed session. This ensures that we can best utilize our space and time to serve as many clients as possible.


Still have questions?

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information.