A session usually lasts 45-60 minutes, depending on whether you use insurance or self-pay. We recommend weekly sessions. Between sessions, clients are encouraged to think about and process what was discussed. At times, you may be asked to do something specific outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records. For the therapy to "work," you must be an active participant, both during and between the therapy sessions.
A number of benefits are available from participating. Often it is helpful just to know that someone understands. Counseling can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from counseling depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn.
Yes. You are responsible for knowing your benefits on your respective plan. Here is some helpful information to aid you in finding out about your insurance:
1. Call the toll free number on the back of your card under Mental Health/Behavioral/ Substance Abuse customer service.
2. If, I am In Network with your insurance (listed under Rates & Insurances tab), ask whether your plan has a deductible that needs to be met first. If so, what is that amount. Your payment will be my contracted amount for a session until your deductible is met.
3. If no deductible is required, what is your co-payment, co-insurance payment, or percentage you are responsible for paying for each session.
4. If I am not In Network for your insurance, I am considered Out-of-Network. For some insurance providers, being out of network can still be a viable way to use your benefits. You will pay my usual and customary fee and then reimbursed through your insurer, as long as you have benefits that cover counseling services. Some other insurances require you to see an In Network provider and do not accept out of network providers.