DO YOU TAKE MY INSURANCE?
I do not take insurance, which means that I am considered an out of network provider. Therefore, if you want to try and use your insurance you would have to contact them before our first session and ask them how much they reimburse for Out of Network LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) I will provide you with a Superbill that includes all the required information, which you will then directly submit to your company. When the reimbursement check comes in it goes directly to you, not to me.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THERAPY?
According the the Consumer Reports Study by Martin Seligman on therapy effectiveness...
Psychotherapy created positive effects in 92% of respondents
The longer people stayed in therapy, the better their results
Social workers tended to yield better results that marriage and family therapist
People that were active in therapy did better than those that were passive. People that actively engaged by being open, completing tasks, asking questions, sharing concerns with therapist up did better
For most psychological conditions, people in therapy alone did as well as people who had medication plus therapy
Respondents who stayed in therapy only until insurance coverage allowed did worse than those who stayed until their concerns resolve
Advantages of Long term therapy produced results that showed improvements in "ability to relate to others, coping with everyday stress, enjoying life more, personal growth and understanding, self-esteem and confidence."
Please click here if you would like to review the whole study.
HOW WILL I KNOW IF YOU ARE THE RIGHT THERAPIST FOR ME?
There is a saying that finding the right therapist is like finding the right pair of shoes. You have to find a pair that fits and is comfortable. You may find one right away or you might have to try on a few pairs. Regardless, when looking its important to keep in mind some of these questions when meeting with a therapist.
How easy is it to talk to her?
Does she seem like somebody I could trust?
Is she listening to me?
Does she seem confident and competent?
Do I feel she can help me reach my goals?
Could I ever show this person the deepest, ugliest parts of myself?
Mostly, "Do I like her?"
HOW LONG DOES THERAPY LAST?
I wish I could provide an answer but it's not that simple. Each person comes with unique life experiences, needs and goals that affect the length of therapy. I think it's important to shift your perspective to see the potential gains from therapy. Look at therapy as an investment in your own future. Therapy takes work, so it's important to put honest effort toward your treatment and you will get your 'money's worth'. You will use the skills you learn in therapy for the rest of your life.