Commonly Asked Questions continued

What if I don’t know what my goals are for therapy?
Feeling unsure about what brings you to therapy is not uncommon. Together we can work to identify the precipitating factors, which will help to clarify your goals. . It may take several sessions before you can clarify your goals. During the course of therapy, your goals may change and evolve. However, establishing a direction for therapy will help you get the most out of the experience.

How does insurance work?
Insurance contracts can be confusing. The first thing you should do is check with your insurance carrier. Check your coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions; you can print out a checklist by clicking here.

Do I have mental health benefits?

Do I need pre-certification (pre-authorization)?

What is my deductible and has it been met?

How many sessions per year does my plan cover?

Is this a calendar year or a rolling year?

What are the dates?

Do I have co-insurance or a co-pay?

Is there a limitation on how much my insurer will pay per session?

What does my insurer consider to be the usual, customary, and reasonable (UCR) charge?

Is a referral required from my primary care physician?

Is therapy confidential?
The law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a psychotherapist. Information is not disclosed without written permission. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule. Exceptions include:

  • Suspected dependent abuse (child, adult, or elder). The therapist is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist must notify the appropriate authorities and inform the intended victim.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to enlist the client’s cooperation in insuring his or her safety. If the client does not cooperate, further measures may be taken without their permission in order to ensure their safety