What can I expect from a session? Sessions last 50-60 minutes and can be for individuals, partners, or families. Partners and family sessions may be longer. We will start by discussing what is bringing you into therapy and what you hope to get out of therapy. You also may ask us questions about ourselves or the therapeutic process.
How often will I come see you? In the beginning, we like to see people more frequently: usually weekly or every other week. As time goes on and you begin to experience the benefits of therapy, we may decrease sessions to every other week or once a month. Sometimes schedules and distance traveled to see us make frequent sessions difficult so we try to be flexible to meet your needs.
Your therapy degrees are in marriage and family therapy, does this mean you only work with couples and families? No, our training is in systems therapy while our degree title is marriage and family therapy. Systems therapy teaches the therapist to look at the individual as part of a (family) system, rather than looking at the person in isolation. As systems therapists, we look at how each part of the system influences other parts, rather than looking at linear, causal relationships. We work with individuals, partners, and families of all different gender identities, sexual orientations, and family configurations.
What forms of payment do you accept? We accept cash, personal checks, credit cards, and health savings accounts. Payments are due at or before the time of each session, unless otherwise arranged with your therapist. We also accept insurance payments. See below for more information.
Can you bill my insurance? We can bill insurance for any insurance company with which we are in network. We recommend calling your insurance company to verify your benefits, deductible, and co-pay. If we are not in network with your insurance plan, we may still be able to bill if you have out-of-network benefits. If you'd like, we can put you in contact with our billing specialist to help you sort out your benefits.
Are there advantages to paying out of pocket even if my insurance would cover the visits? Yes, many people opt not to have their insurance billed for several reasons. Some insurance companies require treatment plans and updates, which may include copies of session notes. All insurance companies require a DSM diagnosis in order to bill for services. If you'd still like us to bill your insurance, we can discuss this in more detail during the initial session.
Are you available for crisis calls outside of session time? While we recognize that all clients may periodically encounter times of increased stress and a need for more support, we do not have a 24-hour crisis line. If you are someone who will need regular support outside of session time, we likely are not the right providers for you. We encourage you to seek out support from an agency that has a 24-hour crisis line. Time spent outside of sessions will be prorated in 15-minute increments.