FAQs

FAQs About Therapy

Got questions, here are some frequently asked questions about therapy.

Is EMDR Intensive Therapy right for me?

EMDR Intensive therapy may not be suitable if you have:

Active drug and/or alcohol addictions

Psychiatric hospitalization within the last 2 years

Experiencing psychosis or dissociation

What is I live out-of-state?

Not a problem.  If you live out-of-state, you may also take advantage of EMDR Intensive Therapy.

EMDR Intensive therapy will take place at the office – which is centrally located.  There are several hotels and restaurants close for your convenience.

Hotel and meals are not included in the cost of EMDR Intensive Therapy.

 

What is I already have a therapist?

Not a problem.  EMDR Intensive Therapy is also offered as an adjunct to traditional therapy.

I am happy to collaborate with your therapist.

Is a deposit required for EMDR Intensive Therapy?

A 50% deposit is require to book your session.  The balance  be due at the start of the session.

How are EMDR Intensive’s scheduled?

EMDR Intensive Therapy are scheduled as:

(1) Mini (2-hour session) is equal to 2 weeks of therapy.

(1) Half Day (4-hour session) is equal to 4 weeks of therapy.

(1) Full Day (7- hour session) is equal to 7 weeks of therapy.

EMDR Intensive Therapy is offered starting with 1 session a week up to 4 sessions a week.

During your initial session, we will review your therapeutic needs and goals and determine which intensive is right for you.

 

 

Does Insurance cover EMDR Intensive Therapy?

Most insurance companies do not cover for sessions over the standard 60-minute session; therefore EMDR Intensive Therapy is considered an out-of-pocket expense.

Forms of payment accepted are Health Services Account (HSA), Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Visa, Mastercard, or cash.

What is the cost of EMDR Intensive Therapy?

EMDR Intensive Therapy is a private pay service billed at $155 per hour.

What are your office hours?

My office hours are Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

What are your rates?

Psychotherapy Services

Individual Therapy (55 minutes) – $200 per session

Individual Therapy (45 minutes) – $155 per session

Individual Therapy (30 minutes) – $135 per session

Specialized Services*

EMDR Intensive Therapy $310 (2-hours)

EMDR Intensive Therapy Half-Day $660 (4-hours)

Hypnotherapy $310 (2-hours)

*Specialized Services are self-pay only 

 

 

Is therapy confidential?

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between patient and psychotherapist. No information may be disclosed without prior written permission from the patient. However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule.

Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a patient is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the police.
  • If a patient intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.

Do you accept my insurance?

Private Pay (Self-pay)

Many clients who have insurance often choose to opt-out of using insurance benefits for various reasons including; high deductible, privacy, less restrictions in therapy -only to name a few.  If you choose Private Pay, you may use the following as payment for therapy services:

  • Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • Flex Spending Accounts
  • Visa, Mastercard, and Cash

Insurances accepted:  

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas
  • Out-of-Network

If choose to use your insurance, I am able to offer a superbill upon request. This is a bill showing that you have paid for your sessions and what the cost of your session is.

 

 

 

Is medication a substitute for therapy?

In some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action.

Working with your medical doctor or a specialist in medication evaluations, we can determine what’s best for you. It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of your distress and the behavior patterns that curb your progress.

You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness.  An integrated approach including medication and “talk-therapy” has been proven in clinical studies to be the most effective treatment for many diagnoses related to emotional or behavioral issues.

What is therapy like?

Every therapy session is unique and focuses on each individual and their specific goals.

It is standard for therapists to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during therapy sessions. It is common to schedule a series of weekly or bi-weekly sessions where each session lasts approximately fifty-five minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth.

There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. It is important to process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life between sessions. Therapy will be most effective if you are an active participant, both during and between the sessions.

People seeking psychotherapy must be willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives.

Here are some things you can expect out of therapy:

  • Compassion, respect and understanding
  • Perspectives to identify persistent patterns and negative feelings
  • Real strategies for enacting positive change
  • Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance 
  • Finding some humor in being human

How can therapy help me?

A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy.

Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life.

Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn.

Some of the benefits available from therapy include:

  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships
  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that are impacting your life
  • Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
  • Improving communications and listening skills
  • Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence

 

Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.

Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you’ve faced, there’s nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired.

By choosing therapy you are taking responsibility by accepting where you are in life and making a commitment to change the situations. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.

Is therapy right for me?

Seeking out therapy is an individual choice.

There are many reasons why people seek therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues, or problems with anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one’s life such as a divorce or work transition. Many seek the advice of a counselor as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth.

Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, body-image issues, and general life transitions.

Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.