Frequently Asked Questions
What should I expect at my first session?
The first session, the in-person intake, will last about 1 hour and 15 minutes. It is an opportunity to share what specific problems you’d like help with, as well as any prior treatment or medications you’ve tried, and relevant history. You’ll receive some feedback on what seems to be going on, and a diagnosis/diagnoses if applicable. You’ll also hear more about what CBT is and how it could help your issues. Treatment options will be discussed, and if it seems like a good fit, a follow-up appointment will be scheduled. Otherwise, appropriate referrals will be offered. In the case of minors (17 and younger), parent(s) will need to attend part of the first session with their teen.
How long will treatment last?
Treatment length is highly variable, depending on the presenting concern, the individual, and the effort put into therapy. But CBT is intended to be short-term, averaging around 20 sessions.
Do you prescribe medication?
We don’t prescribe, but we collaborate with many excellent psychiatrists in the area and can help facilitate that component of treatment if you’re interested.
Do you take insurance?
We do not participate with any insurance companies, but after each session, we will automatically provide you with an invoice that you can submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement. This invoice will have CPT codes, and necessary provider information. You may also request to receive a “super bill” at the end of the month or year detailing your appointments. Please contact your insurance company directly to inquire about your eligibility for out of network benefits. To note, therapy is a deductible expense for your HSA/Flexible Spending Account.
Do you offer pro bono services?
A small number of sliding-scale appointments are reserved for individuals with a challenge to pay, as well as pro bono therapy spots specifically for parents of NICU babies or medically-fragile children.
Is walking therapy a good option for me?
Aerobic exercise helps decrease anxiety and would ideally be part of an overall wellness plan to tackle anxiety. If you’re having a hard time getting started, therapy might be a good place to try it out. Nature, too, can reduce anxiety, so being outdoors can add a therapeutic element. For some, sitting still can be a challenge, so walking while talking provides an active alternative. All clients are invited to give walking therapy a try and are welcome to switch back to “seated” therapy at any time.
Why might group therapy be a good option?
Group therapy can be a helpful addition to individual work, or can be an alternative, stand-alone therapy. A lot of CBT is instructional — learning about anxiety and new skills and tools — so it lends itself nicely to a “class” format. With social anxiety in particular, attending a group provides useful exposure to the actual anxiety, allowing participants to try out new skills in the moment. While CBT groups are skill-building by design, and not support groups, tackling anxiety alongside others in the same boat helps participants know they’re not alone.