FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Below, is a list of the most frequent questions that clients or potential clients ask about the therapeutic process. It is normal and encouraged for patients to ask many questions when choosing to see a therapist. Here are some answers to the questions we receive the most. If you can’t find what you are looking for, feel free to ask!
WHAT DO I NEED FOR THE FIRST SESSION?
Coming to a therapist can be a scary and overwhelming feeling! Talking to a perfect stranger about your personal life is no easy task. For the first session, we will ask for you to bring in the initial intake paperwork (found on the website) and an open mind. The intake paperwork takes some time and thought, so it would be best if this is filled out before the session. During the initial session we will discuss your reasons for coming to therapy, a bit of background information and begin to work on a plan for addressing your concerns.
HOW OFTEN DO I HAVE TO COME IN?
Traditionally, a regular session is 50 minutes. Once you come in for your initial session, we can work together to determine how often you will be coming in. Traditionally, clients come once weekly when they begin treatment in order to address more pressing issues and make noticeable change. Often, when individuals start feeling better, sessions go to every other week or less. Remember, regular sessions are one of the keys to success. So, it is important to follow through on the sessions and any work associated with change.
HOW LONG WILL I NEED THERAPY?
The short answer to this is that it’s different for everyone. The long answer is that the length of therapy depends on many factors, some of which including: the severity of your symptoms, the issues you are seeking therapy for, frequency of sessions, motivation for change, and the speed at which you are comfortable with change. This may seem silly, but our job is to work ourselves out of a job. We want to be able to provide you a supportive and healing environment. But, also want to make sure you don’t need to see us forever. The hope is that you continue therapy until you feel like you can face day-to-day challenges better than ever, with confidence and strength.
WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE REGARDING PAYMENTS?
Each 50 minute session is $120. I do offer a temporary sliding scale for some clients, depending on availability. Payments should be paid at the beginning of session. We accept cash, check or major credit cards.
The office is able to provide a super bill at the end of the month (upon request) if you would like to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. Please check your coverage carefully to determine if they will reimburse you. Suggested questions to ask your insurance company include:
•Do I have mental health benefits?
•What is my deductible and has it been met?
•How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?
•How much does my plan cover for an out-of-network provider?
•Do you accept super bills?
•What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
•Is approval required from my primary care physician?
WHAT IF I NEED TO RE-SCHEDULE OR CANCEL?
Therapy works best with consistency and attending all of your sessions. But, life has it’s surprises, so we understand if you need to make a change to your appointment. Please call us at least 24 hours before your session to cancel or reschedule. We will attempt to reschedule you at your earliest convenience, but please understand that you may have to wait until the following week for another appointment. If you “no-show” or do not provide the required 24 hour notice for cancellation, you will be charged you the amount you pay for a normal session.