Do I really need therapy? I have friends i can talk to??
Good friends are critical to get through life. But there is a world of difference between someone who can give a listening ear, and someone who has the training and experience to listen in order to identify root issues that are causing problems. While listening is an essential part of therapy, the interventions are where the change happens. A good therapist will be able to help clients learn how to undo toxic patterns and replace them with healthy behaviors.
How long will it take?
Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them. Factors such as one’s family, childhood, past traumas, personality, etc. can all impact the pace at which one progresses through therapy. While good therapy cannot be rushed, as it includes a deep personal transformation, meeting more frequently or engaging in marathon therapy, can expedite the process.
What payments do you accept?
We accept cash, check, ChasePay, PayPal, and all major credit cards for payment.
Do you accept insurance?
Unfortunately, we do not. As a boutique practice without the large office staff required to handle insurance billing, we are unable to accept insurance payments.
What are your rates per session?
Our office utilizes a sliding-scale policy, which enables access to services for more clients. While the average session is $300, our office does its best to work with each client to help them with the costs – such as paying them off over time if necessary.
Is our session confidential?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and therapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist’s office. Therapists contract with each client an agreement that establishes and clarifies the details of confidentiality. For use of technology when communicating with a therapist (such as phone, internet, email, video-conferencing), not all forms of media are HIPPA compliant, although they may be private.
State law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:
- If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threatened to harm another person.
- Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
- If a judge were to subpoena a client’s records.
What is your cancellation policy?
Cancellations must be made 24 hours in advance. Failure to do so may require partial or full payment.
Is it awkward if I see my therapist on the street or in the store?
Not at all. Therapists are friendly people and you could choose to say hello, or you can choose to keep walking and no offense is taken. When outside of session, therapists and clients maintain friendly but healthy boundaries.