Individual Psychotherapy

Do you take insurance?

I accept the University of Illinois student health insurance and Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance.  I am out-of-network for all other insurance plans. If you have out-of-network benefits you would like to use, I require that you pay the full fee at the time of service and I offer to submit claims on your behalf so you can be reimbursed. If you would like to use your insurance benefits for therapy, please contact your insurance company and ask the following questions:

  • Do I have out-of-network benefits for individual therapy?
  • Is there a deductible that I have to meet before I start receiving insurance benefits to see my out-of-network therapist?
  • After the deductible is met, what percentage of the fee will my insurance cover? What is my co-pay or co-insurance amount? 
  • Is pre-authorization required?
  • Is there a limit on the number of sessions insurance will pay for?


What if I cannot afford your rate?

If you choose to pay out-of-pocket because you do not have insurance or you choose not to go through your insurance for therapy costs, we may be able to agree on a reduced fee based on your financial circumstances. This is something that we can discuss in the 30-minute consultation, which is free of charge.

Equine Facilitated Learning & Personal Development

Individual or Couples

Sessions for individuals or couples can be scheduled and tailored to meet individual needs.  These sessions focus on nonviolent communication, mutual trust and respect, healthy boundaries, and emotional and social intelligence. The minimum length of an individual or couples session is two hours.  For a more intensive experience, a multi-day intensive can also be scheduled on request.  After the first day, each additional day would be $300.

​2-hour: ​ $350

Half-day:  ​$600

​Full-day:  ​$900

Contact Melanie Marklein to request an EFL session.

Workshops on Request

Workshops on request are an excellent option for corporate groups, community organizations, families or parent groups, teams, or other groups. Workshops are available on the following topics:

  • Parenting
  • Navigating life transitions (e.g., career change, divorce, grief/loss)
  • Leadership
  • Authentic community building
  • Healthy communication
  • Emotional heroism
  • Trauma recovery
  • Personal empowerment  

Workshops on request require a minimum of four people.

Half-day:  ​$175 per person

Full-day:  ​$300 per person

2-day:  ​$500 per person

3-day:  ​$600 per person

Contact Melanie Marklein to request an EFL workshop.

Lectures and Consultation

The lessons taught by horses can also be brought to you and your organization in the format of presentations, indoor workshops, and consultation. Consultations can assist with specific challenges you are facing in your organization, such as difficulty motivating team members, conflict among staff, or other problem areas. Dr. Marklein can consult with you about how to have difficult conversations in an effective, non-shaming manner.

Lectures, presentations, and workshops can be brought to you on the following topics:

  • The Five Roles of a Master Herder​ (based on Linda Kohanov's book of that title, the focuses on how every individual on the team can become a more balanced and masterful leader)
  • Emotional and Social Intelligence
  • Emotional Heroism - inc
  • Developing more trust and respect w/o fear or aggression


All of the topics listed are aimed at increasing a sense of safety and engagement in an organization, which results in more innovation, creativity, and productivity!

Contact Melanie Marklein for more information.

"What lies behind us

and what lies before us

are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."

~ Walt Emerson

Two Spirit Counseling, LLC       

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear."

~ Ambrose Redmoon