Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some strengths that you’ve used before, that for whatever reason isn’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, I’ll help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now.
The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Medication alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is treat the symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals.
Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy.
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other for a session a week. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.
If you are concerned about your relationship, and you would both like to work with me, I would initially work with both of you together. After this work, if one of you would like to continue in individual sessions, I could work with only one of you. It is not helpful to move from individual into couple’s work with the same therapist because of potential trust issues.
Teletherapy is the use of telecommunications technology to provide real-time therapy to clients at a distance.
Teletherapy can be delivered using HIPPA compliant tele-conferencing, using mobile phones, tablets, and desktop computers.
Healthcare professionals can use teletherapy to see clients or to consult with other care providers.
Teletherapy has many applications in healthcare, including standard clinical care, counseling or therapy, patient education, professional consultant or supervision, and more.
Teletherapy can be provided to a patient at home or work, or at another clinic or hospital. Now with mobile devices, you or the patient can be anywhere with access to the internet.
I use Doxy.me a HIPPA compliant software that facilitates therapy client interaction in a confidential platform. Doxy.me is committed to increasing access to quality healthcare and maintaining an easy Teletherapy interaction.
Clients do not need to sign up or open accounts. Simply, the therapist will email a link before the session, the client will follow the link, and connect to the therapist virtual waiting room.
Doxy.me is HIPPA compliant. They take privacy and security very seriously. They implement state of the art security and encryption protocols to assure that data integrity and privacy is maintained. As a result, Doxy.me complies with HIPAA and HITECH requirements. Doxy.me
Yes, nearly all Blue Cross Blue Shield plans cover therapy for mental and behavioral health conditions. However, each plan is different.
How much your particular plan covers depends on several factors, like if you a deductible, whether the service is in-network or out-of-network.
Blue Cross Blue Shield and the provider have a contracted rated, that is the amount the provider will e reimbursed, regardless of the amount the client pays.
Client’s portion of the payment depends on a couple of factors
A) Client’s plan’s coverage
There are two key two terms that determine your payment amount per therapy session.
- Deductible — The sum total of medical costs you need to pay each year before your insurance coverage begins. (All your medical costs contribute to this, not just therapy costs.)
- Copay — The set fee you pay at every therapy session, after your deductible is met. This typically ranges from $10 to $50 per session. Some policies may not even have a copayment.
B) In-network vs. out-of-network
In-network: If your therapist is in-network, you will have to pay a copay and/or deductible (see section A). The final cost depends on your specific plan.
- Find out how much each session will cost by looking at your summary of benefits or contacting your health insurance provider directly.
Out-of-network: If you are seeing a therapist out-of-network, then you will have to pay the whole fee the therapist charges up front.
You may be able to get reimbursed a portion of out-of-network costs by using out-of-network benefits. The therapist can provide with documentation to submit your claim.
Insurance companies mostly cover modalities of treatment that are evidence based. For example: Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Play Therapy for children.
A therapist may use different types of therapy approaches in your sessions.
Like most insurances, it is not typical for Blue Cross Blue Shield to cover the following:
- Couples counseling (see below for more info)
- Life coaching
- Career coaching
- Parenting Coordination
- Therapy sessions occurring outside the therapy office, with the exception of Teletherapy if your plan offers the benefit.
Mental health conditions Blue Cross Blue Shield covers may all the conditions that have a medical diagnosis. For example:
- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Eating disorders
- Mood disorders, such as bipolar disorder
- Substance use disorder
Note that therapists are required to assign you a diagnosis for the above conditions, as well as share the diagnosis with your health insurance, if you are using benefits to pay for therapy.
If you don’t want your insurance company (or family members, if you have a shared plan) to have access to this information about your mental health, consider out-of-network options instead.
Yes, certain Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance plans cover online therapy.
This benefit depends on the specific policy.
No. While it depends on your specific plan, it is unlikely that Blue Cross Blue Shield will cover couples counseling.
Marriage counseling is designed to focus on the relationship between spouses or partners, and not on a clinical mental health diagnosis.
The provider will certainly be able to bill the insurance company. However, there is a big possibility that the claim may be denied.
That said, even if your insurance doesn’t directly cover it, you still have the benefit of paying only the contracted insurance rate which is often lower that the regular rate and you can use your Health savings account to pay the uncovered amount.
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