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Pete Lobert, PCC-S
My career actually started as a bank teller in Abilene, Texas in 1995. By the time 1999 rolled around, I had moved across the country and was managing one of the busiest banking centers in Columbus when I knew my life was calling on me to go a different direction. So I left banking, went back to school, and earned my masters in Clinical Counseling.
During that time I got an internship providing group therapy for men struggling with sexual issues or a previous history of domestic violence in conjunction with the State of Ohio. I was asked to join the Central Ohio Batterer Intervention Coalition and was eventually voted chairman.
After graduating I got a job with a large community based mental health agency working with families in crisis. I would travel to their homes, schools, or anywhere else in the community I was needed to help these families try to stay together and address whatever challenges they were having with their children.
Finally in 2004 I left community mental health for a group practice in Dublin but all the work I did with those families stuck with me. It became clear to me that in so many of these families the kids were acting out because they were worried about the stability of their parent’s relationship. It was also clear that many of the struggles parents were having trying to set healthy boundaries with their children came from trauma they had experienced over the years. This is why I decided to specialize in two areas: marital/couples counseling and adult trauma recovery.
Over the years I have helped hundreds of couples fundamentally change the direction of their relationship from one of strife and gridlock to one characterized by genuine fondness, respect, and a nurturing unity. I’ve also worked with just as many adults to help them understand how their past trauma is currently impacting them (whether at work, in relationships, or their self-esteem) and address the root causes of these issues to help them finally close that chapter of their life and begin a new one of their choosing.
My call to the therapy/social work world started when I was a young girl growing up in Flint, Michigan. Lacking necessities and dealing with mental health issues was simply a way of life for us in Flint. Growing up I watched as broken relationships and other problems were passed down from generation to generation. The worst part was no one even questioned it. Most people did not know it was an abnormal way of living. Despite these challenges, however, my inspiration came when I began to see how one person getting well could eventually help their entire family get to a better place. Those experiences never left me and when it was time to choose a career I knew I wanted to do something to stop those cycles so I went to school and took every opportunity I could find to begin to learn how to help.
I did my undergraduate work at Bowling Green University and my master’s work at Case Western Reserve University. During these years I worked in crisis intervention programs for adults and at-risk youth. I also began working with clients that were court-ordered for mental health and substance abuse treatment. I’ve worked in a psychiatric hospital, provided community-based mental health, and even worked with men charged with sex offenses.
Even though these different groups seemed to have nothing in common, the one thing that struck me was the dysfunction that you could see passed down from previous generations. Many of my clients had challenging childhood experiences and a history of broken relationships. Their parents had a history of challenges and broken relationships as did their parents etc. I became passionate about putting a stop to these cycles which is why I now spend my time helping clients who are struggling in relationships or trying to heal from past traumas.
The Care Center is not currently in network with any insurance providers.
This is done intentionally so that you and your therapist can decide about your prognosis and treatment, your health information remains confidential, and no other parties dictate the length or style of treatment. Your insurance company may provide out of network reimbursement for some or all of the cost of your appointment. Before scheduling it might be beneficial to find out if you have out of network coverage and how you can file for reimbursement. Please contact us with questions and we will be happy to help you understand what type of out of network benefits might be available to you.
Intake (80-85 minutes) $135
Regular Session (50-55 minutes) $125
Couples Session (50-55 minutes) $135
While The Care Center does not file insurance claims we will be happy to give you a monthly statement with all the necessary codes and other information needed for your insurance company to process for any out of network benefits that might be available to you.
The Care Center accepts credit cards (including most credit cards attached to Health Savings Accounts), checks, and cash.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How many sessions will it take?
You might be expecting this answer but if not it depends. It actually depends on a number of factors including how often you can be seen (I encourage clients to come weekly in the beginning), how long the problem has been going on, and if there are any secondary issues (past trauma, substance abuse, etc.) present.
Why don’t you take insurance?
Early on in my career I was in network for most insurance companies and felt they made therapy more difficult for the client. I have had to call insurance companies and tell them things that were subjective (“Well, how motivated do you think the client is?”), things that were none of their business (“How long did the affair last?”) and listen to suggestions from operators about therapeutic interventions (“Have you tried using empty chair technique?”). Additionally, the insurance company is allowed to review your medical file and read the personal case notes from all of our sessions at any time. Lastly, insurance companies require a mental health diagnosis before they will pay for treatment. Not only is this unreasonable it also becomes a part of your permanent health care record. For all of these reasons I have opted not to be in network for any insurance providers but The Care Center will help you understand what types of out of network benefits might be available to you.
Can we schedule a phone or skype session?
Can we please change that answer to “Yes! With our telehealth option you can be seen wherever it’s most convenient for you. We have both phone and online video platforms to choose from and you get the same counselor, same services, same level of care as you would with an in office visit.”
What are your hours?
The Care Center has daytime hours and a limited number of early evening or weekend appointments available.
How soon can I make an appointment?
We understand that asking for help can be difficult and often times people will wait until the problem is very serious. Because of this you will be offered an initial appointment within one week of calling.
Is this a Christian Counseling agency?
The Care Center is a faith embracing counseling agency. While some of the clinicians are Christians and Christian Counseling is available, all faiths are welcome at The Care Center and encouraged to be a part of your therapy if you desire.
Do I have to be a Christian to be seen at The Care Center?
No. Again, while Christian Counseling is available, everyone is welcome at The Care Center and faith or spiritual issues are dealt with exclusively at the client’s request. Some clients do not want to discuss their faith or have it incorporated into therapy and this is absolutely fine. We desire to respect everyone’s personal comfort level with these issues and will never pursue it against a client’s wishes.
Do you treat anything beside trauma or relationship issues?
Yes. Our counselors have extensive history treating depression, anxiety, anger issues, adjustment issues, life change issues, parenting/family issues, and low self esteem.
Do you see couples individually, together, or both?
It is my opinion that the couple is best served when everyone is involved. On occasion I might request to meet with one or both parties individually but this is rare and would be discussed in advance to ensure it made sense and that the couple was comfortable with it.