What are the fees?
Fees depend on the services you are interested in. Fees are based on national and statewide standards as well as what we view to be our time, education, and efforts. While you always have the option of paying for services out of pocket, many clients opt to utilize their insurance provider to cover part or all their service fees. We are in the network for Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO, Blue Choice, and UnitedHealthCare/Optum.
If you opt for out-of-network billing or we are not in with your insurance provider, our services are available for the following fees:
- Intake assessment: $250
- 55-minute session: $185
- Group: $75
How long and how frequently do we meet?
Sessions are usually 55 minutes. Most clients are seen once or twice a week in the beginning, then, as time goes on, less frequently. The number of sessions depends on what your current needs are.
How long will I be in counseling?
The length of time a client is in counseling depends on the nature of the problem and the goals of the counseling. Some clients have a very specific problem that can be worked through in a set course of counseling. For others, counseling is an on-going learning process, and they choose to receive counseling for a longer period.
Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.
We all have challenges in life and sometimes successfully manage these problems. There is nothing wrong with reaching out for support or help when we are struggling. Therapy can help increase self-awareness, provide a safe environment to explore outdated beliefs and patterns influencing our choices and behaviors. Therapy provides long lasting benefits including developing a trusting relationship to foster support and provide resources, give you the tools you need to avoid triggers, redirect damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you are facing.
Do I need to take medications?As therapists, we are not legally allowed to prescribe medications. However, based on a joint assessment of problems you are facing, it may be advisable to consult with a psychiatrist to determine whether medication is warranted. Typically, clients see someone under their health insurance coverage, or we can refer you to a psychiatrist.
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I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, we will help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. We tailor our therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counseling can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counseling in the first place.
We want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
We am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.