Frequently Asked Questions
Do you take insurance?
I am in network for certain CareFirst BlueCross Blue Shield and Highmark plans. I also provide out-of-network paperwork to allow clients for whom I am not in network to receive reimbursement.
To determine if you have mental health coverage through your insurance carrier, please call them directly. Some helpful questions you can ask them:
- What are my mental health beneﬁts?
- What is my copay per therapy session?
- How many therapy sessions per year does my plan cover?
- What does my insurance pay or reimburse for an out-of-network provider?
- Do I need an authorization from my primary care physician?
What can I expect in the ﬁrst therapy session?
The first therapy session is an initial evaluation. During this session, the therapist and client discuss what the client is dealing with and looking for from therapy. It’s also an opportunity for the client to ask the therapist questions (e.g. about the therapist’s approach, areas of expertise, background) and to determine if there is a good fit between the therapist and client. Treatments and goals will also be discussed at this time.
How can therapy help me?
Therapy offers many potential beneﬁts including:
- conﬁdential, one-way sharing with an objective professional in a safe and supportive environment
- help coping with pain, change, challenges, relationships, stress, loss, trauma and disorders
- insight and understanding of one’s experiences, thoughts, feelings and actions
- identiﬁcation of beliefs and whether these are accurate and helpful or distorted and non-beneﬁcial
- discovery of wants and needs and taking steps towards achieving these
- action-oriented solutions to problems and goals
- obtaining practical skills, building self-conﬁdence, gaining more balance, developing friendships / a social community, and getting rid of unhealthy habits and patterns
- taking responsibility for one’s life and transforming it into the life one wishes it to be If any of these resonate with you or seem appealing, then therapy might be an option to consider.