Frequently asked questions
How long will my appointments last?
Appointments are usually scheduled for
50 minutes. This time is set aside just for you, and we almost always run
on time. If you are late for your appointment, it will end at the same
time it would have ended if you had been on time. If, however, your therapist
is running late, you will get your full session time.
How much therapy will I need?
Some concerns can be significantly improved
with short-term help. Other problems will require a longer term commitment
to therapy. It is difficult to predict the course of therapy without an
in-person assessment. In your sessions, we will spend time exploring the
problems you are facing and developing a treatment plan for you.
What will my first visit be like?
You should plan to arrive at the office
at least 20 minutes before your appointment time to complete intake paperwork.
Then you will meet with your therapist for 45 minutes to 1 hour. At that
time the problems that have brought you for counseling will be discussed
along with your history, things that you have already tried, etc. At the
end of the session your and the therapist will discuss diagnosis and treatment
options and further visits will be scheduled.
Do you offer testing and evaluation services?
Because of the diversity of the training
and experience of our clinicians, we are able to assist people with a wide
range of adjustment problems, emotional difficulties and mental health
problems. When necessary, psychological testing and evaluations are available
for both children and adults, to help better define the nature and extent
of the problems being treated and to identify treatment approaches that
might be most helpful.
Do you provide medication?
No, we do not provide medications at ABC.
However, if it is felt by you and your therapist that medication is an
appropriate part of treatment, we can help you obtain medication either
from you family physician or through referral to a psychiatrist or psychiatric
nurse practitioner. If you are already seeing someone for medication, with
your permission your therapist will work with the prescribing professional
to coordinate and maximize effectiveness of treatment.
Can I get marriage and/or family therapy
Yes. Although most treatment provided is
individual counseling or psychotherapy, couples therapy and family therapy
may also be utilized should this appear to be the most effective form of
Will my health insurance pay for your services?
Most insurance policies do cover treatment
for mental health and substance abuse problems. We will bill your insurance
company as a service to you. However, your coverage must be confirmed by
our office manager before the day of your appointment. Otherwise you will
be expected to pay the full fee for the session. All deductibles and co-pays
are due at the time of service.
How much do therapy sessions cost?
The first session is $150.00. After that
sessions are $100.00.