Patient Questions About Anxiety and OCD Treatment
The therapists at Bucks County Anxiety Center work with teens and adults who struggle with anxiety and OCD.
Here are some questions people have before they begin treatment for anxiety or OCD.
What should I look for to find the right therapist?
The most important factors that determine your success in therapy are:
- How much you trust your therapist.
- If you don’t feel comfortable with them, it’s going to be hard to talk honestly about your fears and issues.
- Your therapist’s approach, experience, and expertise.
- In order to get better, you need a therapist who understands your needs and knows the latest treatments and research that can help you.
Some people choose a therapist and stay with them because of insurance.
Staying with a therapist who is a poor fit for what you need will significantly impact how successful you will be.
What is the fee for therapy?
Psychotherapy is an investment in better health and a better life.
The therapists who practice at Bucks County Anxiety Center are a good fit for people who understand that any treatment or improvement process involves investment and time.
Each therapist sets their own fee for a 45-50 minute session.
Fees range from $130-$160.
Do any therapists take insurance?
The therapists who practice at Bucks County Anxiety Center 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 for therapy 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 who can give them the best care so that they can live the life they want.
They believe that their health, or that of their loved one, is worth the investment.
Dr. Levy wrote a blog post about the risks of using insurance to pay for therapy. This post can give you more information on the issue.
If you and your therapist are a good fit, we truly hope you’ll stay and work with them.
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, your therapist cannot offer that slot to someone else.
Unlike doctors’ offices, therapists cannot double book a slot. The time is reserved for you.
Late cancellation and missed appointment fees are not reimbursed by insurance companies.
All of the therapists at Bucks County Anxiety Center have the same cancellation policy.
If you cancel twice with 24 hours notice within a period of 3 sessions, you will lose your weekly slot.
Your therapist will offer you appointment times based on what they have available. You will also have to pre-pay for all of your sessions moving forward.
Are all the clinicians in your group experienced? Will they be able to help me?
All of the therapists in the practice are trained and experienced in CBT for Anxiety as well as in Exposure Response Prevention for OCD.
Each therapist has different strengths and experiences.
All of the therapists here 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, please tell them. They can recommend a plan that will work better for you.
How long will treatment last?
The length of therapy depends on:
- your symptoms
- life situation
- how much support you have
- 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 them.
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 at Bucks County Anxiety Center prescribes medication.
Your therapist can refer you to a psychiatrist in the community.