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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will I be in therapy?
That depends on your goals. For some clients, 4-6 sessions of brief therapy is needed to reach goals, while other clients have found that more sessions are needed. Your goals are important, and a time frame to reach them will be discussed in the first session.

How often do I come in for therapy?
To make the most progress, we will typically begin with 1 session a week.  However, we are sensitive to your work or school schedule as well as other commitments outside of therapy. Some clients choose to come in every other week after the first few sessions of individual counseling or couples counseling.

How is therapy paid for?
There are a variety of payment options for therapy. We are in-network with Blue Cross/Blue Shield (BC/BS) PPO and Aetna PPO. Though it will depend on your specific group plan, more often than not therapy is a covered benefit. If you are using BC/BS PPO or Aetna PPO, we will check your benefits and submit the necessary paperwork. If you are using health insurance that is not BC/BS PPO nor Aetna PPO and we are considered an out of network provider, you will be given a Receipt to submit to your insurance plan for reimbursement. Likewise, if you prefer to not use your health insurance, we also accept self-payment. Click here to learn more about what you should ask your insurance company prior to coming in for your Initial Appointment.

Can we talk on the phone or meet in-person prior to our first appointment?
Yes. We offer free 20-minute consultation prior to our first meeting.  During this consultation, we are available to answer any of your questions and further describe our treatment philosophy.

Do you prescribe medication?
No. However, we do collaborate with psychiatrists in the Chicago area with various specialties, and we can provide you with contact information upon request.

Do you ever assign homework for the following therapy session?
If applicable, we may ask clients to complete homework assignments for the next session. We have found this to be very helpful for some clients, since each homework assignment is individualized and tailored with therapeutic goals.

What kind of clients do you usually work work with?
Most clients who come to our office are motivated to make a change in their life. This may include increasing self-confidence, repairing a relationship, maintaining a healthier lifestyle, balancing work and personal life, controlling moods, or eliminating an addiction.  As Chicago psychotherapists who practice individual and couples counseling, we look forward to the opportunity to help you.

What are your business hours?
We are available to meet Monday-Saturday in the morning, afternoon, and evening.
 

 

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