Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What are the benefits of therapy?
Having a consistent, healthy relationship with a licensed therapist can help you examine your thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and childhood experiences on a deeper level. A therapist is not a member of your family or social circle, therefore, they do not have any personal motives or biases regarding your situation. Although your therapist may share their own observations or insights regarding your situation, they will remain non-judgmental and will not pressure you to do anything you don’t feel ready or comfortable doing. Your therapist will use various evidence-based techniques to help you unpack your negative life experiences so that you can grow as an individual, take the lead in your own healing process, gain greater happiness and peace, and accomplish life goals that you may not have thought were possible.
What are the risks of therapy?
The therapy process can be challenging at times. As a client, you may experience uncomfortable emotions such as sadness, regret, grief, guilt, or anger. You may also experience vulnerability, or feel “exposed”, when opening up to your therapist about situations you are not proud of. These are all normal experiences. Your therapist will work hard to provide you with a space where you feel safe during sessions as well as when sessions are over.
As with any treatment or change in life, things may feel worse before they feel better. Therapy may also affect your personal relationships. For example, if you use therapy to learn how to set boundaries with loved ones, you may get a negative response from people who have always benefited from you not having boundaries. Ultimately, your health and well-being are the therapist’s priority, and thus, you will be the main focus.
Reclaiming Your Power is an outpatient therapy practice. Sessions happen approximately 4 times per month in an office or via tele-health. If at any time it becomes clear to the therapist that you need a higher level of care such as in-home therapy, partial hospitalization, inpatient hospitalization, residential programming, or support from state agencies such as the Department of Mental Health or Department of Children and Families, referrals will be made and therapy could be terminated.
What is a consultation?
A consultation is a free 15-20 minute phone call between you and a possible therapist. During this call, the therapist will ask you questions such as your reason(s) for seeking therapy, what your current support system looks like, what your availability is for sessions, and how you plan to pay for therapy. The therapist will also provide you with information about their background and therapeutic approach. This is a good time for you to start getting to know each other and ask any questions you may have. The purpose of this call is to determine if you and the therapist are a good fit, and if the therapist is capable of meeting your needs.
What should I expect for my first session?
Your first therapy session, also referred to as your intake session, is a time for your therapist to get to know you. You will be asked questions about past and current situations in your life, as well as your goals for therapy. This session will be much more therapist-led than following sessions because it is the therapist’s job to complete a thorough assessment of you and your needs. If you are using insurance, this is when your insurance company expects your therapist to provide them with a mental health diagnosis to justify that therapy is medically necessary. This would all be discussed with you during the session before anything is submitted.
How does payment and insurance work?
Reclaiming Your Power is contracted with Blue Cross & Blue Shield Insurance. If you are a Blue Cross member and are planning to use your in-network benefits to pay for therapy, your therapist will file an insurance claim at the end of each session. You will be personally responsible for any copayment or deductible payments not covered by your insurance. If you are unsure about this cost, it is your responsibility to contact your insurance company for this information.
If you do not have Blue Cross & Blue Shield Insurance, or do not want to use insurance to pay for therapy, then you will be expected to pay out-of-pocket per session, or upfront if you purchase a therapy package. Sessions can be paid for using debit cards, credit cards, FSA/HSA cards, or Lovealand Vouchers.
Are you offering in person sessions during the COVID19 pandemic?
Updated June 2022: With the mandates being lifted, Reclaiming Your Power, LLC. is offering in-person sessions to clients who are fully vaccinated against COVID19. To ensure the safety of others, those who are not vaccinated are welcome to meet with the therapist via Telehealth, a virtual communication service in which patients can meet with their providers remotely.
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