What is the most important thing to consider when looking for a therapist?
The most important factors that determine your success are whether you trust your therapist as well as their expertise. Choosing a therapist and staying with them only because they take your insurance will significantly impact how successful you will be.
What is your fee?
Psychotherapy is an investment in better health and a better life. We’re a good fit for people who understand that any treatment or improvement process involves an investment and time.
Dr. Levy’s fee is $150 for a 45 minute psychotherapy session. Parent, family member, and school consults are $200 for a 60-minute session.
Other clinicians’ fees range from $90-$120 for a 45 minute session.
We offer therapists in different fee ranges so that we can provide a sliding scale that is fair to all our patients.
Do you take insurance?
We currently aren’t accepting any insurance plans.
If you pay out of pocket, you will be given a detailed receipt to submit for reimbursement. Depending on your plan, you may get 50-80% of your money back.
Please check with your insurance company about your out-of-network benefits.
Why should I pay out of pocket?
We have a lot of patients who, initially, are set on using insurance to pay for services. However, they quickly realize they want a practice that will focus on providing them the best care possible so that they can live the life they want.
They believe that their health, or that of their loved one, is worth the investment.
If we are a good fit, we truly hope we get the chance to work with you.
What is your cancellation policy?
Please cancel 24 hours before your appointment. Otherwise, you will be charged the full cost of the session. This includes your first session. The reason for this policy is that the appointment time is being held specifically for you. If you provide less than 24 hours’ notice, we cannot offer that slot to someone else. Late cancellation and missed appointment fees are not reimbursed by insurance companies.
Are all your clinicians experienced? Will they be able to help me?
Dr. Levy has over 15 years of experience in the field. She hired the clinicians on staff based on their broad range of strengths and experiences. Dr. Levy also trains and supervises all staff members on an on-going basis. This way, our patients benefit from a team approach.
All of our clinicians are trained in CBT for Anxiety as well as in Exposure Response Prevention for OCD.
If you don’t feel like you and your therapist are a good fit, we will do everything possible to find another therapist in the practice to work with you. If necessary, we will refer you to one of our colleagues in the community.
What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) uses science-backed tools and strategies to change how you think about and respond to different situations in your life. The reason you’re anxious or depressed is because hurtful thoughts are causing sad and/or scary feelings. You respond to these thoughts and feelings by avoiding, drinking too much, trying to be perfect, giving in to everyone, obsessing, or making other choices that make you feel stuck. The goal is to help you change how you respond to a thought and come up with healthier ways to achieve a goal.
While traditional talk therapy works for some people, most find that the tools and information they gain from CBT help them achieve results faster and maintain them longer.
How long will treatment last?
The length of therapy depends on your symptoms and how bad they are. It also depends on your life situation, beliefs, values, expectations, and how much work you’re willing to do.
Most patients see us for 6-12 months to make sure they have completed the program successfully and are ready to manage symptoms on their own.
Many of our patients stay on for longer because they like having a trusted and private adviser who understands what makes them tic.
Will I have to take medication?
Not necessarily. It varies on a case by case basis. We will discuss your situation and options to develop a plan that makes sense.
Please note, we can’t prescribe medication. We work closely with several psychiatrists is the community and can provide you with a referral.