A: Your first appointment will be a consultation visit lasting approximately 50 minutes. You and your therapist or educator will discuss the problems you are experiencing and collaboratively develop a treatment plan.
A: A number of our providers are on insurance panels. We will be happy to file any claims with your insurance company if you have provided us with a copy of your insurance card and any necessary authorization numbers. For those therapists who do not work with insurance companies, we will provide you with a Visit Summary Form that you may send to your insurance company. Generally, insurance companies will reimburse anywhere from 50 to 100% depending on your plan and deductible.
A: The length of treatment depends on a number of things, including the severity of symptoms and the types of issues to be addressed. At the first session your therapist will likely provide you with an estimate for the frequency and number of sessions you might expect. This is subject to change as you make progress in therapy. It is important to note that some patients report feeling better after only a few sessions. As you make progress, you can discuss maintenance sessions with your therapist. These can be conducted monthly, or even after several months, to monitor the changes you have made.
A: Your confidentiality is protected by both state law and the rules of our professions. All information concerning patients is held confidential and is released only through procedures consistent with the law and professional ethics. In some instances, information is not confidential, such as in Custody Evaluations, and your therapist will explain those circumstances to you before you even begin the process.
A: Our therapists are not licensed to prescribe medications, but they will work closely with your primary-care physician or psychiatrist to be sure you are receiving the most appropriate medication and they will also help your physician with medication management and monitoring.
A: Definitely. A large number of people have found that the direct-pay option is best to handle their needs. It permits a higher level of confidentiality since access to your records is limited to you and your therapist. Records are not shared with insurance companies or employers. This provides greater flexibility and autonomy in designing your treatment plan because there are no restrictions placed on what services are available to you. The length of care, frequency of sessions, and other aspects of the work you do with your therapist is entirely up to you and your therapist without constraints from your insurance company.