Questions / FAQ’s

Common Questions people have when considering therapy:

  • Is therapy right for me?
  • Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to 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 therapist 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.

 

  • What can I expect in a therapy session?
  • Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. During therapy sessions it is standard to talk about the primary issues and concerns in your life. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts 50 minutes. Sometimes individuals who are going through a particularly difficult challenge may request more time per session or more than one session per week. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues. 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. Competing these homework assignments between sessions it an important part of the therapy process. For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions.

 

  • What benefits can I expect from working with a therapist? Therapy can provide insight and new perspectives regarding life’s challenges and can help create solutions to difficult problems. Many people find that working with a therapist can enhance personal development, improve relationships and family dynamics, and can ease the challenges of daily life. Sometimes, just having someone there to listen is helpful. Overall, people in therapy tend to have lower levels of anxiety and stress, decreased conflict, and improved quality of life.

    Some of the benefits available from therapy include:

  • Developing new skills for handling stress and anxiety
  • Modifying unhealthy behavior and long-standing patterns
  • Attaining insight into personal patterns and behavior
  • Increasing confidence, peace, vitality, and well-being
  • Improving ways to manage anger, depression and moods
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems
  • Navigating life’s obstacles more effectively
  • Improving listening and communication skills
  • Enhancing the overall quality of life

 

  • Do you accept insurance?
  • We accept almost all major insurance and EAP plans, including many government plans. To determine if we are a participation provider with your insurance carrier and if you have mental health benefits contact your insurance company. For more information regarding the insurance process please refer to the Rates/Insurance section of our website or contact our scheduler at 816.587.4900.

 

  • What should I ask my insurance company when I call about coverage?
  • Do I have mental health benefits?
  • What is my deductible?
  • How much of my deductible has been met for the year?
  • What is my co-pay?
  • Do I have an out-of-pocket co-insurance expense? If yes what is the percentage?
  • How many therapy sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?
  • Do I need to be referred by a physician?
  • How much does my plan cover for an out-of-network provider?

 

  • Is therapy confidential?
  • Patient and therapist confidentiality is protected by law. Information is not disclosed without written consent from the patient unless required by state and federal reporting laws.