What does a therapy session involve?
A regular therapy session is 50 minutes in length, with the remaining 10 minutes used by the therapist to update records. During the first session you can expect that your therapist will ask questions about your history and presenting problem, as well as your goals for therapy. Your therapist will help guide you, if necessary, in determining the specific problem you would like to address. The therapist will discuss with you the type of treatment that might be best for your particular concerns.
Who pays for my therapy & how much does it cost?
Some insurance plans cover mental health therapy. However, we have found that some clients do not wish to use their insurance benefits, as their records may not be kept confidential if insurance benefits are accessed. Such clients have opted to pay for their therapy services directly.
If you choose to access your insurance benefits, we recommend that you contact your insurance company directly to verify your "outpatient mental health" benefits. They should inform you of your yearly deductible, your copay amount, your maximum number of sessions allowed per year, and if you are required to obtain "pre-authorization". Some insurance plans may also require that you use an "in-network" provider. If this is the case with your insurance plan, you will need to make sure that your therapist is on their list of providers.
We accept a wide range of insurance including, but not limited to: BlueCross BlueShield, Rocky Mountain Health Plans, CNIC, United Healthcare, Cigna, Aetna, Tricare, Medicare, Medicaid. We also accept numerous Employee Assistance Program (EAP) benefits. Check with your employer to see if these benefits are available to you. If you do not see your specific insurance company listed, please call to confirm that we accept yours.
Each therapist charges according to their individual qualifications and credentials. Our therapists' charges range from $80 - $125 per session. Please call for further details. Besides insurance, we accept cash, check, Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express for payment of services.
What kind of progress can I expect?
Therapy is not a quick-fix. It takes time to address problem areas and learn new skills. We are dedicated to providing you with the most efficient path to addressing issues in therapy. We use brief, solution-focused therapy in most cases. However, in more complex situations, longer term therapy may be required. Outcome research has proven time and time again that psychotherapy is an effective tool for many presenting problems.
How do I find a therapist that is right for me?
Most of our referrals are from primary care physicians, or from family and friends of former clients. We suggest that you start with these sources. Sometimes your insurance company will contract with "preferred providers" but you may ask for an "out of network referral" for the therapist of your choice.
It is very important that you feel comfortable with your therapist. Ask for a brief interview to determine whether there is a good fit between you and your therapist before commencing with therapy. Our therapists usually do not charge for a brief introductory discussion to assess your comfort level.
Will my therapy records be kept confidential?
Information about your treatment will not be revealed to anyone without your permission in a written release of information. There are exceptions to this, however, including any situations that may arise regarding preservation of life or personal safety in the event of possible suicide, homicide, child abuse, or elderly abuse, as mandated by law. We may in some cases also be mandated by law to provide information to the parents or legal guardians of a minor child or others with a legal right to the information (e.g. The Department of Human Services, Probation, or Parole). Upon your written request we may release your records to a qualified professional.
Who do I contact if my rights have been violated?
All mental health professionals are under obligation to adhere to a strict code of ethics. They are strictly forbidden to enter into a sexual relationship with clients. We are asked to make clients aware that if any such inappropriate behavior occurs with the context of a therapeutic relationship, it should be reported to the Colorado State Grievance Board in Denver, Colorado. They can be reached at (303) 894-7766.
Do you offer appointments after business hours or on weekends?
Each of our therapists maintain their own personal schedule. Please let our receptionist know what times you have available for appointments and she will suggest a therapist who would best be able to accommodate your schedule. We do offer evening and early morning appointment options. However, we do not schedule weekend appointments in order to ensure that our therapists are able to spend that time with their families.
What if I need medication?
Most of our clients do not require medication. However, when needed, your therapist will work in conjunction with your primary care physician to provide help in recommending and monitoring medication as necessary.