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.
Fees range from $90-$150 for a 45 minute session.
Dr. Levy’s fee is $150 for a 45 minute psychotherapy or family consult session. Coaching sessions are based on contracted needs.
Does this mean you have a sliding scale?
Yes, it does. Our fee scale allows us to offer patients cost effective options while practicing ethically.
What about paying out of pocket?
Many of our patients pay out of pocket because they want to come to our practice, regardless of insurance. They believe that their health, or that of their loved one, is worth the investment.
We will issue a receipt that you can submit for reimbursement. Many of our patients receive 50-80% of their money back. Please call your insurance to find out about your out of network benefits.
Do you take insurance?
We currently aren’t accepting any insurance plans.
If you are a current patient and are seeing a therapist in the practice on a regular basis using your insurance, you may continue to pay using insurance.
You will be responsible for any charges not covered by your insurance company.
If you are a returning or new patient, you will be responsible for the cost of the session.
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.
What should I know about using health insurance?
When you use your insurance, the diagnosis submitted will go on a permanent central insurance record that can be accessed by different agencies and companies when you are applying for jobs requiring a criminal background check or a security clearance.
Unfortunately, a diagnosis can impact your ability to purchase health, life, and disability insurance policies now and in the future. You will only be able to purchase certain expensive, high deductible plans.
As a result, many people prefer the privacy of paying out of pocket.
What is your cancellation policy?
Please cancel 24 hours before your appointment. Otherwise, you will be charged the full cost of the 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 ERP 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. We’ve worked with people who have improved in a few months while others need years to achieve their goals.
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.