There are two kinds of initial visits at CPS – an initial Intake or a First Visit with your therapist. In addition, we are currently offering “Telehealth” counseling and therapy for clients who prefer to meet with a counselor or therapist using video conferencing technology.
The Initial Intake is a brief visit in which you share the basic elements of the issues that you want to work on and a therapist, usually the Executive Director, listens to your concerns, gathers information about what types of people you believe you connect with the best. Integrating these factors and giving you consideration to your schedule needs, as well as insurance benefits and concerns, she will help you choose the therapist that is most likely to be a “best fit”.
At times, your doctor or a friend makes a direct referral to a specific therapist. In such a case the first few visits to your therapist will be about getting to know you and your history. The therapist will clarify any questions that you may have about guidelines, fees, heath insurance coverage, and a treatment plan. Many insurance companies are requesting written treatment plans so clarification of your symptoms and goals are important.
Of utmost importance, CPS wants you to feel comfortable with your therapist and will do their best to make sure you are comfortable talking to them about your concerns. If for some reason you are not comfortable, or do not believe your therapist is a “best fit” for you, do not hesitate to contact the Executive Director so that she can assist you with your concerns.
Therapy is not mind control or magic. Therapists will have a Psychodynamic Orientation, Behavioral Orientation, Cognitive Orientation, or a mixture of several approaches. You may ask your therapist what approach they will utilize in your treatment. Each approach to treatment can be successful and will bring results. Usually several therapy techniques are used by a therapist.
You will not be asked to lie down on a couch As a general rule, you will be to talking directly to the therapist, face to face, while s/he is taking notes of the conversation.
Expect that you will be doing most of the talking. Self-reflection is a common element of modern psychotherapy. Therefore by asking you key questions about your self, your feelings, what your life is like, the therapist can help you understand your current concerns and behaviors. Be prepared to answer questions thoughtfully and honestly. The ultimate goal of therapy is to help you resolve and treat mental health issues; bring about healing to hurt, resentment and areas of “stuckness” in your life; assist in identifying areas that you want to change; and to help you be your best self.
As a general rule, yes. All sessions are confidential and information about you can only be released with written authorization from you.
There are some legal and ethical exceptions to confidentiality. These exceptions are related to potential harm to you or to someone else and include:
• When there is a reasonable suspicion that you may present a danger of violence to others;
• When there is a reasonable suspicion of child abuse or elder adult physical abuse;
• When there is a reasonable suspicion that you are likely to harm yourself unless protective measures are taken.
In the cases described, a therapist is either required or allowed by law to break confidentiality in order to protect you, or someone in danger from harm. In almost every case, however, you will be informed by your therapist what parties your information will go to, why the information needs to be shared, and what information will be shared. In nearly all cases, every attempt will be made to secure written authorization for the release of the information.
Fees for sessions with Psychologists are $165 and sessions with Social Workers and other Masters Level therapists are $150. Psychological Assessment fees range from $200 to $1,000 depending upon the number of assessment tools and objective for the evaluation. Most people have insurance coverage that covers most of the fee and clients have a co-pay similar to physician offices.
Forensic services (court related) are considered a specialty service that is billed at the rate of $165 per hour. Forensic services are generally not covered by insurance.
No. You are only billed for the therapeutic time and for the procedure applied.