Common Questions

Patient Questions About Anxiety and OCD Treatment

We work with high achieving teens and adults who struggle with anxiety and OCD.

Here are some questions people have before they begin treatment for anxiety or OCD.

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.

Some people choose a therapist and stay with them only because they take their insurance.

Staying with a therapist who is a poor fit for what you need will significantly impact how successful you will be.

What is your fee?

Psychotherapy is an investment in better health and a better life.

The therapists in our group are a good fit for people who understand that any treatment or improvement process involves investment and time.

Dr. Levy’s fee is $160 for a 45-minute psychotherapy session.

Other clinicians’ fees range from $120-$150 for a 45-minute session.

Do you take insurance?

The therapists in our group do not accept insurance.

Patients are responsible for paying the full fee at the beginning of a session or consultation.

You will be given a detailed receipt to submit for reimbursement.

Please check with your insurance company about your out-of-network benefits.

 

Why should I pay out of pocket?

We’ve all worked with a lot of patients who, initially, are set on using insurance to pay for services.

However, they quickly realize they want a specialist 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.

You can click here to read a blog post by Dr. Levy about the risks of using insurance to pay for therapy.

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, 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.

All of the therapists in our group have the same cancellation policy.

Are all the clinicians in your group experienced? Will they be able to help me?

All of the therapists who have joined this group are trained in CBT for Anxiety as well as in Exposure Response Prevention for OCD.

Each therapist has different strengths and experiences.

All of the therapists in our group seek out ongoing training in order to stay up to date with the latest research and techniques.

If you do not 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.

 

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 start to have some relief from their symptoms within 6-10 weeks.

However, most patients work with their therapist for 6-12 months. This allows them to be thorough and make sure they are ready to manage on their own.

Many patients stay on for longer because they like having a trusted and private adviser who understands what makes them tick.

Will I have to take medication?

Not necessarily. It varies on a case by case basis.

You and your therapist will discuss your situation and develop a plan that makes sense.

No one in our group prescribes medication.

We work closely with several psychiatrists in the community and can provide you with a referral.