FAQ - Before the Visit

Most people struggle with emotional difficulties at some time. Getting psychotherapy helps to reduce the length of time that you suffer with these problems. Also, many people find that as they mature, they identify certain problematic relationship patterns, with their family, coworkers, friends and partners. Psychotherapy can help you forge new ways of relating to others and to yourself. Many decades of scientific research has proven definitively that psychotherapy is effective in treating emotional difficulties of all types.

Psychotherapy is not easily described in general statements. It varies depending on the personalities of the psychotherapist and patient, and the particular problems you are experiencing. There are many different methods we may use to deal with the problems that you hope to address. Psychotherapy is not like a medical doctor visit. Instead, it calls for a very active effort on your part. In order for the therapy to be most successful, you will have to work on things we talk about both during our sessions and at home.

Our first few sessions will involve an evaluation of your needs. By the end of the evaluation, we will be able to offer you some first impressions of what our work will include and a treatment plan to follow, if you decide to continue with therapy. You should evaluate this information along with your own opinions of whether you feel comfortable working with us. Therapy involves a large commitment of time, money, and energy, so you should be very careful about the provider you select. If you have questions about procedures, we should discuss them whenever they arise. If your doubts persist, we will be happy to help you set up a meeting with another mental health professional for a second opinion.

Each insurance plan is different, depending on the insurance company and the type of plan your employer has chosen. If we are a provider for your insurance plan, we will assist you to identify the benefit of your plan at the outset of treatment and will submit the necessary paperwork for reimbursement. You will probably be responsible for a co-payment for each session. The insurance company will cover the remainder of the fee, up to the set rate (which they determine). If we are not a covered provider, you are responsible for paying the full fee for each session. We will be happy to help you with this process; it usually is fairly straightforward and often only requires filling out one page of information.

Many insurance plans require that you meet a deductible before they start covering your treatment. If so, you are expected to pay the full fee until your deductible is met, at which time you will then start paying your co-payment.

It is always advisable to contact your insurance company ahead of time to verify your specific coverage for outpatient therapy. This treatment is often referred to by insurance companies as "outpatient psychiatric services" or "behavioral health care." Please be advised that regardless of your insurance situation, payment is ultimately your responsibility. You are encouraged to talk with us about any questions or concerns you have regarding insurance and fees.