Frequently Asked Questions
What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a relationship entered into by a trained psychotherapist and a patient for the purpose of helping the patient either with the symptoms of mental illness or to achieve desired changes in their life.
Is therapy worth paying for?
Therapy is a financial commitment. It’s an investment in yourself and your ability to become aware of self-sabotaging patterns. You will learn new ways of thinking which will ultimately dramatically effect behavior. The ability to think and behave more effectively – can profoundly and positively impact your future relationships, your work, your health, and even your finances. If you’re like most of the individuals I’ve worked with, you’ve likely already invested a lot of time and energy and money into your education, your career, your home, and your physical health. I truly believe that investing in therapy as an act of self-care can be a continued investment in your overall well being and success in life.
How will I know if you are the right therapist for me?
Choosing a therapist isn’t always easy. Therapy is only as effective as the relationship between therapist and client. The best way to know if you’re a good fit is to book a session and have a chat. Ask yourself: “Can I see myself feeling safe and comfortable with this person? Does it seem like they *get* me ?” You can also ask yourself this question during and after an initial phone consult before you book that first session.
How long is a therapy session?
Initial intake sessions are 90 minutes. Individual Therapy sessions are 55 minutes in length. Occasionally, clients will book a double session of 100 minutes if they are experiencing a crisis or acute stress in their lives that particular week.
What to expect in the first session.
FREE 10 minute phone consult
Please call THRIIV directly for pricing.
Areas of expertise?
Addictions (Substance abuse)
Anxiety (GAD, Social Anxiety)
Binge Eating Disorders
Impulse Control Disorders
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Do you accept insurance?
PRIVATE PAY ONLY-Here’s why…
Reduced Ability to Choose: Most health care plans today offer little coverage or reimbursement for mental health services. Many HMOs and PPOs require pre-authorization before you can receive services. This means you must call your carrier and justify why you are seeking therapy in order for you to receive coverage or reimbursement. The insurance representative, who may or may not be a mental health professional, will decide whether services will be allowed. If authorization is given, you are often restricted to seeing the providers on their specific list. Reimbursement is reduced significantly or denied if you choose someone who is not on the contracted list – consequently, your choice of providers is often significantly restricted.
Pre-Authorization and Reduced Confidentiality: Insurance typically authorizes a few therapy sessions at a time. When these sessions are finished, your therapist must justify the need for continued services to your carrier. Sometimes additional sessions are not authorized, leading to an abrupt end of the therapeutic relationship. Your insurance company will likely require additional clinical information that is confidential in order to approve or justify continuation of services as “medically necessary.” Confidentiality cannot be assured or guaranteed when an insurance company requires this disclosure of information. Even if the therapist justifies the need for ongoing services, your insurance company may decline services. Your insurance company dictates if treatment will or will not be covered
Negative Impacts of a Psychiatric Diagnosis: Insurance companies require clinicians to give a mental health diagnosis (e.g. “Bi Polar” or “Major Depression” or “PTSD” for reimbursement. Psychiatric diagnoses may negatively impact you in the following ways:
- Denial of insurance when applying for disability/life insurance due to a “pre-existing condition”
- Loss of confidentiality due to the increased number of persons handling claims
- Loss of employment and/or repercussions related to your diagnosis in situations where you may be required to reveal a mental health disorder diagnosis on your record. This includes but is not limited to: applying for a job, financial aid, and/or concealed weapons permits
- A psychiatric diagnosis can be brought into court (i.e. divorce court, family law, criminal)
It is also important to note that some psychiatric diagnoses are not eligible for reimbursement.
Not working with insurance leads to enhanced quality of care and other advantages such as:
- You are in control of your care, including choosing your therapist, duration of treatment,
frequency of sessions, etc.
- Privacy- your info is kept safe & confidential
- Not having a mental health disorder diagnosis on your medical record
- Therapy dealing with non-psychiatric issues that are important to discuss but not billable by insurance such as spiritual formation, communication & interpersonal skills training, exploring your subconscious ambivalence, and any other personal problems that don’t meet criteria for a specific diagnosis.
* I am willing to provide you with the necessary paperwork for partial reimbursement of services if your insurance accepts out-of-network benefits. Please speak to your insurance company directly for specific reimbursement conditions and limits. If do you elect to submit paperwork to your insurance for purposes of reimbursement, please be aware that a written diagnosis is a requirement for coverage.
How early do I need to arrive?
Please arrive at least 10 minutes early to ensure our sessions being promptly.
What's the deal if I am running late?
Please arrive on time. Once we’ve launched we cannot return to collect you. If you do not call or are more than 10 minutes late you will be considered a no show. Sorry!
What is your cancellation policy?
Please understand that your scheduled session time is reserved specifically for you. If you do not attend your scheduled therapy appointment, and you have not notified your therapist at least 24 hours in advance, you will be expected to pay the full cost of the session unless in an emergency situation.
Group therapy Cancellations?
If the winds exceed 17-18 mph we will cancel. If there is a lightening in the area we will have to cancel. We will not cancel for light rain fall. Your safety is our priority at all times!
What forms of payment do you accept?
Cash, check, and credit card are accepted.