Who can therapy help?
Hmm... you'd probably consider us biased if we said "everyone" here, but it comes very close to being true. Having someone who will be focused on your needs and carefully listen to you can help almost anyone. Sometimes it helps just to have someone to tell what is bothering you in a confidential, nonjudgemental fashion. Other times, it feels like something is seriously wrong and you might not be able to go on until it is fixed. There really is no problem too big or too small to be worked on in therapy.
How often do we meet?
Generally, we will meet once a week for an hour. This is the standard schedule of therapy for most theories of psychotherapy. It is also common that early in working with someone, or when they are in a state of crisis that we will meet more than once a week. This is entirely at your discretion, as this is after all, your therapy. Also, when we are positively wrapping up our relationship down the road and you are looking to end treatment, it is often helpful to taper off to once a month, or every other month in order to do maintenance on positive changes that you have made in therapy.
Is what I say in a therapy session confidential?
The short answer is in almost every situation, YES. Confidentiality is something that we take very seriously and we promise to protect whatever is said in our sessions vigorously. We feel that it is absolutely vital to the success of therapy that we are able to trust each other, and an assurance of confidentiality on our part is an important component of establishing that trust.
There are a few exceptions when confidentiality does not apply that we feel you should know. As therapists in the State of Missouri, we are mandated reporters. That means that if we hear about the abuse of a child, or an elder who is unable to take care of themselves, we are required to report it. Also, if you inform us of an intent to severely harm yourself, or another person, we are required to take steps to ensure your safety, as well as everyone else's. If you have further questions about confidentiality and exceptions to it, please do not hesitate to talk with your therapist.
How long is each session?
Every session is based on the fifty minute hour.
How much is it per session? What type of payments do you accept? What about couples, groups?
Currently, each individual fifty-minute session is $80.00, which can be paid by check or cash at the time of the session. You may also pay in advance by Credit Card online. We can also bill insurance and Medicaid. Some services are covered in various contracts (I.e. CTS, etc.)
Couples communication and therapy sessions are currently also $80.00. Group therapy and classes are $20.00-$30.00 dollars a session, per member. In the case of a structured class, payment for the duration of the course is required by the beginning of the second meeting.
I can't afford to pay at those rates right now, but I still would like to see you. Do you have any sliding scale appointments?
We don't want to deny services to anyone based on level of income, especially not in our current economic climate. We keep a number of slots open for reduced fee appointments. Chances are, if you have the need we can work something out to fit your needs. Call us, and we'll talk about it.
If I see you, can you bill my insurance?
Our services can be billed to many insurances as an Out-of-Network Provider. At this time, our services can be billed In-Network with Alliance Blue Cross Blue Shield Traditional Plans; TriWest; and Medicaid.
How long can I expect to be in therapy?
How long do you feel that you need to be in therapy? On average, clients attend sessions for eight to twelve weeks, but this is highly variable. Some people feel better after one session, others have years of childhood and adult trauma that also takes years to heal.
If I go to therapy, does it mean there is something wrong with me?
NO! It's actually very normal, and is something that many people do at some point in their lives. It doesn't mean that you are weak, unfaithful, or strange either. Indeed, choosing to pursue therapy and taking the first step towards demanding a change is an act of courage and strength. You are also not alone. In fact, one in four people between the ages of 45-55 acknowledge having gone to counseling during their lives. These numbers are probably under-reported rather than over-reported. If nothing else, there is no harm in giving it a try and seeing if it will work for you.If you have additional questions, please don't hesitate to call (417) 862-CARE.