3701 E. Evergreen Dr., Suite 240, Appleton, WI 54913
In 1989, Kurt & Dana Mahnke realized the latest psychotherapies and treatments for anxiety disorders were difficult to find in the Fox Valley Area. Therefore, they founded Family Therapy & Anxiety Center in Menasha, WI. Later, in 2008, Family Therapy & Anxiety moved to northern Appleton offering people a more accessible setting.
Continuing to provide services to anxiety disorders and marriage & family therapy, the focus of Family Therapy & Anxiety Center extended to include, PTSD treatment, psychotherapy for trauma victims, and managing critical incident stress experienced by public service personnel.
Our mission is to provide the most professional, most up-to-date and the most efficient treatments to those who suffer with the stressors from either their private or professional lives.
If you don't find what you're looking for here on our website, please don't hesitate to contact me directly.
Kurt L. Mahnke, MA, Mdiv, LCSW, LMFT, LPC
Appointments can be made Monday through Friday. The hours are from 8:00 AM through 5:00 PM. The best days for setting up an appointment are Monday and Tuesday.
Fees & the use of health insurance
In order to be the most inexpensive “fee for profit” agency in the Fox Valley, Family Therapy & Anxiety Center is unique in its billing process. Unless otherwise stated and agreed upon, fees are due when services are rendered. If a person wishes to make use of health insurance benefits, an invoice is given to a person to be submitted for reimbursement.
The unique way fees are determined is based upon the time used during a session for psychotherapy, and not the time that was scheduled for the session.
Most mental health agencies charge for specific blocks of time or charge for specific types of sessions. As an example, a diagnostic interview often costs more than the same amount of time used for sessions that follow. At Family Therapy & Anxiety Center fees are calculated by using the amount of time actually used for psychotherapy or diagnosis interview, and multiply that by $2.10 per minute. Therefore, as an example, a 50 minute regular psychotherapy session will cost $105.00. (NB: These fees are only used when payment is made at the time services are rendered.)
Do I need Therapy?
Before a person can make use of a facility such as Family Therapy & Anxiety Center or of a psychotherapist like Kurt L. Mahnke, a person needs to ask the question, “Do I need Therapy?”
A person could take several psychological tests to find out the severity and intensity of a person’s symptoms, and to help put a name or label on the problems a person is experiencing. However, the simplest way to determine if psychotherapy would be helpful to a person, is to ask the question, “Are the feelings, emotions, and symptoms of my problem, interfering with the quality of my life?” Or a person could ask, “Would my life be better, happier, easier if I didn’t feel or react a certain way because of my emotional problems?” If the answer is “yes” to either of those questions, psychotherapy or counseling would probably be beneficial to you.
Setting up an appointment
Kurt is now "semi-retired." That means he is limiting his practice. At the present time, he is only seeing clients who he had seen in the past who wish to continue therapy at this time. The only new clients he is scheduling are people who are some how related to Law Enforcement.
It is necessary for a person who may want to begin counseling with Kurt to call for an appointment. A pre-session interview with Kurt is always desired. You will want to know things about Kurt, and Kurt needs to know a little bit about you and your presenting problem or issue.
Kurt will want to know what is the reason(s) for you thinking about beginning counseling with a licensed mental health professional. He will want to know if you are the only one involved, or are family members, spouse, or significant other people involved as well. He will want to know what the problems in your life are, what are things that seem to keep you sad, anxious, or upset. He will want to know when these things began to bother you, and if you can think of what might be the cause for these problems.
After finding out certain information, Kurt would give you certain suggestions on how to get started with therapy. He would suggest whether you could come alone, should you bring your spouse, child, or significant other to the first session.
Kurt would also inform you on the way Family Therapy & Anxiety Center handles the fees for service, what are the pertinent policies and regulations of Family Therapy & Anxiety Center, and other needed legal information a potential client would need to know.
When both the person and Kurt agree to how to proceed, an appointment is made. Papers that need to be filled out before the first visit will be sent out to the person.