What is therapy like?
Therapy can be short- or long-term to cope with a specific issue, work through thought or behavior patterns, or engage in personal development. You can generally expect to discuss current events, your personal history and insights. The goal is to bring what you learn in therapy sessions into your everyday life. Your therapist may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process, such as reading a book, journaling, taking notice of particular behaviors or taking action on goals.
Your therapist will ensure a safe environment that promotes small action steps to bring about significant changes.
What about medication vs. psychotherapy?
Our clinic does not provide medication management services; not all people in psychotherapy require medications. Therapy addresses the causes of distress and the behavior patterns which inhibit progress. In some cases, a combination of medication and therapy may be the right course of action; work with your medical doctor to determine what is best for you.
Will our conversations remain confidential?
Everything discussed in sessions remains highly confidential and protected, as confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and a psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with sensitive subjects usually not discussed. A written release of information is necessary to share your information with anyone in your healthcare team.
Limits to confidentiality
According to state law and professional ethics, confidentiality cannot be enforced in the following situations:
- Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children or vulnerable adults. Based on information provided by the client or collateral sources. The therapist must notify the appropriate authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement if abuse is suspected.
- The therapist suspects the client is seriously in danger of harming themselves or has threatened to harm another person.
Do you take insurance and how does that work?
We accept a variety of insurance plans that help cover therapy sessions. As insurance carriers and plans often change, we ask that you call us at (651) 493-8150 or email us at email@example.com to determine if we are within your network plan.
We also encourage our clients to speak with your insurance carriers for more information on your coverage type and benefits. Here are a few questions that might be worth asking:
- What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
- How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
- How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
- Is approval required from my primary care physician?
Under the law, healthcare providers need to give patients who don’t have or are not using insurance an estimate of the bill for non-emergency medical items and services. Ask your healthcare provider for a Good Faith Estimate and save a copy or picture before you schedule a service. Bills that are $400 or more than your Good Faith Estimate can be disputed. You can learn more about your right to a Good Faith Estimate at www.cms.gov/nosurprises or call (651) 493-8150.