FAQs – Waitkus Counseling Group
1- How long do sessions last?
Sessions are 50 minutes long. If needed, we can meet for longer sessions or for multiple sessions during the week.
2 – How long does therapy usually take?
The length of our work together depends on what your goals are and how much prior experience you have working with your issues. We can better address the question of how much therapy is needed for you as we continue to work together.
My experience is that your results depend on the depth of your commitment to the work. Once you decide that therapy seems useful, the results often come more quickly. The effort you put in will be one of your best investments in your life.
3 – Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?
To determine if you have mental health coverage, the first thing you should do is check with your insurance carrier. Check your coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions:
- What are my mental health benefits?
- What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
- How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
- How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
- Is approval required from my primary care physician?
We participate on a number of insurance panels that include Anthem, Cigna, Optima, Aetna, Tricare.
4 – Do you offer reduced fees?
Reduced fee services are available on a limited basis. Please inquire regarding your situation and needs.
5 – What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept cash or check. We accept cash or check. Payment is expected at the time of service.
6 – What if I can’t make a scheduled appointment?
We require 24-hour advance notification for cancelled or rescheduled appointments. If you do not show up for your scheduled therapy appointment and you have not notified us at least 24 hours in advance, you will be required to pay the full cost of the session.
7 – Is therapy right for me?
Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, or working towards positive life change.
There are many reasons why people choose therapy and counseling. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues or problems with anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in life, such as a divorce or work transition. Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy can help addressmany issues, including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, body image issues, relationship problems, and general life transitions.
8 – Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.
Everyone goes through challenging times, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties, there’s nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it.
In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to beadmired.
You are taking responsibility by accepting the reality of your situation and making a commitment to change by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, to re-direct damaging patterns, and to overcome whatever challenges you face.
9 – Is medication a substitute for therapy?
In some cases, a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. Your medical doctor can help determine what’s best for you.
Medication by itself, however, does not provide a long-term solution to mental and emotional problems or the pain they cause. Therapy, on the other hand, addresses the cause of the distress and the behavior patterns that can curb progress and growth. You achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness.
10 – Is therapy confidential?
The law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client.
However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule.
- A suspicion of child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- A client threatens serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the police.
- A client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.