Q: What is psychotherapy and how might it benefit me?
A: Psychotherapy is talk therapy, whereby the client and psychotherapist work together to solve life difficulties. A psychotherapist has specific training in diagnosing and treating mental health problems. Meetings are usually held once per week at the outset and decrease in frequency as the problem-solving progresses. The therapist and client hold a termination session when the therapy process is completed, although the client may return as needed for additional help.
Q: Who is qualified to perform psychotherapy?
A: There are four kinds of licenses under which psychotherapy may be practiced - a psychology license (requiring s a doctoral degree); a clinical social worker license (LCSW - requiring a master's degree); a marriage and family therapist license (MFT - also requiring a master's degree); and a psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner license (held by a medical doctor or nurse practitioner with special training in prescribing psychiatric drugs who may have limited training in psychotherapy). While some individuals may advertise their services using titles such as "psychotherapist", "school psychologist", or "counselor", they generally do not possess training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders.
Q: Does Anxiety Experts prescribe medication?
A: No. Some psychologists have special training in prescribing medications, but we are strictly involved in performing psychotherapy. However, we are happy to collaborate with physicians if the need for psychotropic medication arises.
Q: How will I pay for Anxiety Experts' services?
A: Our fee is $220.00 per 50-minute session (in person or by live video) and is not covered by insurance. However, we have interns on our team who have a fee of $150.00. We also have a registered dietician on our team who has a fee of $130.00 per 45-minute session. Approximately once per month, clients receive a statement from the client portal, which may be submitted to the client's insurance carrier for reimbursement. Around 80% of our private practice clients find they receive some insurance reimbursement for services using this method.