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Helping to Create Stronger Families
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We are now offering a Teen Early Intervention Substance Use Program!

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    Are you concerned about your teen experimenting with vaping, K2, alcohol or other drugs? We can help!

    We are concerned about the growing number of young people experimenting and ultimately developing an addiction in our community. This program is specifically designed to help your teen (ages 15-19) learn about ways to cope with peer pressure and healthy alternatives to using drugs.

    The program consists of one weekly individual sesson, along with one educational group per week.

    Call us today for more information at 301-305-1740

About Us
Welcome!  Thank you for visiting Willow Tree Counseling Center!

We realize that you are visiting this site because you are concerned about your child and/or your family. Please take your time exploring this site to decide if Willow Tree Counseling Center is the best fit for you and your family.  We believe that a strong relationship and trust is vitally important to the success of therapy, which begins right here.

As you look around, we want you to keep these promises in mind:

​First, we promise to always do what is in your best interest.

Second, we promise to provide you and your family with the highest quality of care.

Third, we promise you and your family that we will never judge or make assumptions.

Please feel free to reach out to us directly at any point. We look forward to meeting you and your family!

Learn more about our team
About Michelle & Julie

Child & Teen Services

Young Adult & Family Services

Our Story

Michelle Poye-Seal and I, Julie Fleagle, first met in February 2016 while working together at another mental health counseling center.  At that time, I was still working on my clinical hours and Michelle became my clinical supervisor. We were able to learn a lot about each others clinical approach and ethical standards through supervision.  As we got to know more about each other, the more we realized we had in common.

I have always aspired to own my own business and decided to open Kids Compass Counseling Services in March of 2016.  I was working part time for myself and part time with Michelle. My practice grew faster than I could have ever imagined!  The more my phone rang, the more I realized that so many families need help.  Each of my client's could benefit from more intensive parent coaching and/or family counseling that I simply did not have time to provide.

Michelle also had a desire for private practice and started Seal Counseling in January of 2017. She too worked part time for her practice and part time elsewhere.  She enjoyed the freedom to work with clients the way she believed was best but missed having collaboration with colleagues.​

In March of 2017, I took a huge leap of faith and went out 100% on my own doing only Kids Compass Counseling.  This was the best career decision of my life!  Quickly after doing this, my practice was almost full.  I had a feeling that I wanted to offer more services, but I also did not want to become a huge outpatient clinic.​

In July 2017, Michelle and I seriously started thinking about joining forces.  Her practice was growing and so was mine, but we felt we could help more families if we partnered.  So, in December 2017, Willow Tree Counseling Center was born.

Willow Tree Counseling focuses on the special and unique challenges that families and young adults face today. I will continue to provide specialized child and adolescent services and work along-side their parents.  Michelle will offer family therapy, intensive parent coaching, and young adult counseling.  We truly believe this partnership will give families the full range of support they need.

Frequently asked questions
What would you like to know?

  • Why should I choose Willow Tree Counseling Center instead of another provider?

    Finding the best counselor for your child, yourself, and/or your family can be a daunting, and at times a frustrating process.  Just like when you are looking for a primary care doctor for your child, you have a several choices such as between a general practitioner and a pediatrician. The general practitioner can provide services to a wide variety of people and the pediatrician specializes in working with children. Willow Tree Counseling Center prides itself on the expert, specialty care provided for children and young adults aged 3-30 years old.

  • How can I pay for services?

    Willow Tree Counseling Center offers several payment options for your convenience. You can pay with cash, check, credit card, and PayPal.  Flexible spending accounts are also accepted.

  • Can I use my insurance?

    Sometimes.  Willow Tree Counseling Center is an out-of-network provider and/or fee-for-service. We are happy to provide you with statements/invoices that many insurance companies require for out-of-network reimbursement. And if you are denied coverage, we can fill out the necessary forms that they require the provider to complete for the appeals process.

    If you are contacting your provider to see about coverage for out-of-network providers, ask the following:

    • How many sessions are covered?
    • Do I have to meet my deductible first? Is there an out of pocket max?
    • Do they require a treatment plan or detailed summary for reimbursement?
    • What are the qualifications required of the practitioner? What information do they need from the therapist?
  • Why doesn’t Willow Tree participate with insurance?

    Did you know that insurance companies only pay for things that are “medically necessary". This means that someone has to actually diagnose you or your child with a mental health disorder AND prove that it is impacting your or your child's health on a day-to-day basis. Many of life’s problems are not mental health disorders, this is especially true for children and teens.

    Insurance companies require treatment plans, progress reports, and many other types of personal information to determine what, if anything, they will cover. These details about your treatment should be private, but instead they are open and available to anyone with access. This could include potential employers. The average insurance claim passes through 14 people while it is being processed.

    The insurance company has several processes to approve treatment. They often only approve a certain number of sessions, even if more are necessary. They will often deny your claim and it could take months to get reimbursement, if at all. This can interrupt treatment. It should be between you and your therapist to determine what comes next in your treatment and how much of it you need. But, imagine an insurance agent sitting next to you in your session, clipboard in hand, making decisions about whether you truly “need” this therapy or not.​

Contact Us

Michelle Poye-Seal, LCSW-C

Young Adult & Family Therapist
Licensed Social Worker-Clinical
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
Clinical Supervisor for Students

CONTACT MICHELLE: 301-305-1740

Julie Fleagle, LCPC

Child & Adolescent Therapist
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
National Certified Counselor
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional

CONTACT JULIE: 410-322-5074

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