Q: How can I schedule an appointment with you?
A: You can call me directly, or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: How can therapy help me?
A: Therapy can help you to:
- learn new, healthy coping skills to manage your symptoms and/or problems more effectively
- increase your problem solving skills
- improve your listening and communication skills
- strengthen family relationships
- process difficult or traumatic events
- develop a better understanding of yourself
Q: What’s therapy like?
A: The first few sessions of counseling are usually information gathering sessions. This gives your counselor an opportunity to get to know you and your family. Together with your counselor, you will identify problems and concerns, and then you will develop treatment goals and objectives (i.e. what you’re hoping to improve or achieve in counseling).
Therapy sessions usually last about 50 minutes. You will probably be encouraged to come in for weekly appointments at first, but the frequency of sessions will gradually decrease as you begin to meet your treatment goals. Parents/guardians who have a child in counseling may be encouraged to attend “parent-only” sessions in addition to the counseling that their child is receiving. Most times, therapy sessions are spent talking about or participating in activities that will help you attain your treatment goals.
Q: How long will I be in therapy for?
A: The amount of time individuals/families spend in therapy varies based upon their needs, the severity of their problems, and their ability to attend sessions consistently. I recommend committing to therapy for approximately 6 months to give yourself reasonable time to meet your treatment goals.
Q: Is therapy confidential?
A: In general, communication between a client and their counselor is confidential, and a counselor cannot disclose any of your protected health information without your written consent (or the written consent of a parent/guardian for clients under the age of 18). However, there are some exceptions to this rule. They are as follows:
- A client informs their counselor of – or the counselor suspects – child abuse/neglect, dependent adult abuse/neglect, or elder abuse/neglect. The counselor is mandated by law to report these instances to authorities and/or social services.
- A client makes a serious threat to inflict bodily harm to another person. The counselor is mandated by law to report these threats to authorities immediately.
- A client makes a serious threat to inflict harm to themselves. The counselor will make every effort to diffuse this crisis situation, but family members and/or authorities will be notified if the client cannot contract for safety.
- A counselor has been subpoenaed to court.
- Processing a claim with the client’s insurance company.
Q: Do you accept insurance?
A: Yes. I also offer a sliding fee scale for clients who are uninsured or for those who wish to pay out-of-pocket. Please contact my office to discuss rates.
- Blue Cross
- Harvard Pilgrim
- RiteCare (through United only)
Please contact your insurance provider to ask the following questions prior to scheduling your first appointment:
- Do I have mental health insurance benefits?
- What is my deductible, and has it been met?
- How many sessions per year does my insurance cover?
- What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
- What is my copay?
- Is approval required from my primary care physician?
Have more questions? Email me at email@example.com