Frequently Asked Questions
What can I expect from our initial session?
During an initial session, we explain our policies, procedures, and obtain your informed consent for treatment. Next, we begin the assessment phase of treatment. During the assessment, we will inquire about different aspects of your life (past and present). This will help us understand your current struggles and symptoms that you may be experiencing, and what your hopes are for treatment.
We understand how important the fit between therapist and client is to the success of therapy. Therefore, this initial session is a good opportunity to gauge how comfortable you feel with us. It is appropriate to address any questions or concerns you may have with us at this point, or any other point during the therapy process. By the end of the initial session, we will have worked together with you to identify realistic goals for treatment.
How do I know if psychotherapy is right for me?
Psychotherapy can help individuals who are struggling with a specific problem, clinical disorder, or to gain a deeper understanding of oneself. Psychotherapy can teach you techniques and strategies for dealing with specific issues. It can also help you gain a different perspective on your situation so you can make necessary changes to create a more fulfilling and joyful life.
One unique aspect of psychotherapy is that clients are able to explore their issues without fear of judgment or repercussions. It can also be helpful to confide in a mental health professional that is removed from your everyday life and social circle. Research supports the effectiveness of psychotherapy.
How long and frequent are sessions?
Typically, we meet with clients weekly from 45-60 minute sessions. However, there are exceptions to this regimen. Sometimes, clients reduce the frequency of their session once they have progressed far enough toward their desired goals. Others increase the frequency of sessions during crisis or difficult transitions. We will discuss our recommendations with you on the frequency of sessions that will likely help you meet your goals.
How much does treatment cost?
Rates vary amongst our therapists. Our rates are as follows: $170-$200 for an initial session; $135-$160 for a 60 minute session; $120-$130 for a 45 minute session; $90 for a 30 minute session; $120-$135 for a family session; and $45 for a group therapy session.
Associates in Psychotherapy accepts various insurance plans such as Medicare, Cigna, Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO, Blue Cross Blue Shield- Blue Choice PPO, and Blue Cross Blue Shield- Blue Choice Preferred PPO.
Will my insurance cover therapy?
Insurance typically provides some coverage for mental health services. It is helpful if you contact your insurance carrier for specific details on your policy. We will assist you in any way we can so you receive the benefits to which you are entitled; however, you are responsible for payment of our fees.
Is my treatment confidential?
The law protects the privacy of communications between a patient and psychologist. We can only release information with your written permission. There are a few exceptions. Please refer to the Illinois Notice Form on the Privacy and Confidentiality Page.
Do you prescribe medications?
No, in Illinois, only physicians can prescribe medications. However, we often collaborate with clients’ health care providers if it is relevant to their treatment. We can also provide referrals to qualified psychiatrists, ones we trust and with whom we have developed collaborative relationships over the years. Psychiatrists can help you explore how medications may or may not help you with your particular problems.