HOW OFTEN WILL WE MEET AND FOR HOW LONG?
These are questions that are discussed during the first meeting. Each
situation is different, resulting in variability in frequency and number of
visits. Psychotherapy sessions generally last 45 - 50 minutes. In the
beginning, it often works out best to meet every week or every other
week. This helps with developing comfort and with continuity between
sessions. Meeting less often may result in sessions focused on
"catching up," leaving less time to address issues.
The number of sessions needed varies. More limited goals may be reached
within a few sessions, while farther-reaching goals may require more time.
DO I NEED TO HAVE SPECIFIC GOALS IN MIND?
Sometimes people come with very specific goals that they want to achieve.
Frequently people come knowing what is not working for them but unsure of their
goals. It is not necessary to know specifically what is needed. We
will start by discussing your concern and work together to figure out how
therapy might help.
HOW MUCH GUIDANCE WILL YOU GIVE ME?
Therapy is a partnership that requires the active participation of both
therapist and client. My approach is to work together to determine what
approach will be most helpful. Some people prefer a lot of guidance and
ideas about what to do to address concerns, while others find it beneficial to
focus on understanding themselves and their experience. In many cases a
combination of specific guidance and work on understanding is the most
helpful. I encourage clients to give me feedback throughout our work
together about what is working and what they may need more or less of.
DO YOU TAKE INSURANCE?
Reimbursement for mental health services depends
upon the specifics of your insurance plan and whether
your provider is in your insurance plan's network.
These basic arrangements apply to all providers, not only to me.
Health insurance plans vary in the
mental health benefits they offer. Some plans
require subscribers to use the services of network
providers in order to get reimbursed. Some
will allow subscribers to use out-of-network
providers. If your insurance company allows
you to see out-of-network providers, you will be
reimbursed for some portion of the bill for any mental health
clinician that you see.
If your provider is in your insurance plan's network, then
the provider bills the insurance company, and the
insurance company pays the provider
directly. You are responsible for paying deductibles, co-payments, and the full amount
for appointments that are missed and not cancelled
prior to 24 hours before the appointment.
provider is not part of the insurance company's network, in some cases the
insurance company will still pay the provider directly. In this case you will be
responsible for the amount not covered by insurance.
Some insurance companies require you to pay the provider and seek reimbursement
later, and still others will not reimburse at all for out-of-network
providers. In all cases, you will be responsible for
missed but uncancelled appointments
I am a provider for some insurance
companies, and some other companies pay me as an out- of-
network provider. The list of which plans
I am a provider for changes from time to time. The best
thing to do is to call me and discuss your specific
HOW MANY SESSIONS
WILL MY INSURANCE COVER?
Most companies that
are based in Rhode Island are covered by Rhode
Island laws and are required to reimburse for 30
sessions of mental health treatment per calendar
year. Companies based in Massachusetts
generally reimburse 24 sessions of psychotherapy per
year. Sometimes benefits are unlimited, and
sometimes benefits are less than 24 sessions.
Most insurance companies have a number you can call
to ask about the specifics of their mental health
benefit. It is best to call this number to find out what your benefit is.