How do I know if I am in need of therapy?
We believe therapy can be beneficial for ANYONE. Having an objective, unbiased sounding board to provide feedback and assist you in gaining insight is invaluable. Several clients report it feels better to talk to someone they "don't know" about particular problems in an effort to obtain a different perspective.
Social stigma has categorized therapy as only being applicable to those with a diagnosable "mental illness," however a large portion of our practice consists of clients who are dealing with significant life transitions, or even a build up of small stressors can impact one's level of functioning. Therapy can be beneficial to resolve underlying conflicts and process through thoughts & feelings. There is even a term for this in the field of psychology: "the worried well."
We also provide treatment to clients who are having more debilitating experiences that are impairing their functioning to some degree. There are a variety of behaviors that can accompany difficult emotions. If you've noticed you have become more isolative/withdrawn, are engaging in self-destructive behaviors, have difficulty getting along with others, have a low frustration tolerance, have declined in school/work performance, react impulsively, etc, then it may be time to seek help from a professional.
What can I expect from therapy?
We typically spend 1-2 sessions conducting an intake assessment with clients (and parents, if appropriate). This may feel a bit like an interview, but it's purpose is to obtain information about what may be contributing to your current experience. We will ask questions pertaining to precipitating events and relevant history. It then depends on the individual client to determine which therapeutic approaches we use.
Each 55-60 minute session will focus on connecting thoughts, feelings, and behaviors in a way that makes sense and promotes insight. This is the first step toward therapeutic change and allows one to break unproductive patterns and develop healthier ones. We will establish specific treatment goals and work together toward reaching these goals. There is no specified length of time for the treatment process as a whole, and we will assess progress together in order to determine how long therapy will last.
Is therapy confidential?
Illinois law and our professional code of ethics ensure information is not disclosed without written consent. There are a few exceptions to this rule:
(1) Suspected child or elder abuse (we are mandated reporters)
(2) Serious risk of harm to self (it is our responsibility to ensure a client's safety, and we will make every effort to do so collaboratively)
(3) Serious risk of harm to others (duty to warn an intended victim)
There is often some confusion when it comes to working with minors. For example, how much information is a parent privy to? We occasionally check in with the parent at the beginning/end of a therapy session. We are not allowed to share specific details of the session unless they fall under the aforementioned exceptions or a release of information is signed. This may seem rather secretive, but it ensures the client feels comfortable disclosing vulnerable emotions and knows the therapeutic space is a safe place to do so.
Do you take insurance? If so, which ones?
We are in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO plans. We also accept other insurance plans as out-of-network providers, and they often cover a portion of sessions.
Every client's plan is different, so it is up to each client to verify their benefits prior to the first session and determine whether they have a deductible to meet, what their co-payment/co-insurance will be, etc. You can do this by calling the member services number on the back of your insurance card. We will take care of submitting the claims to the insurance companies for reimbursement.
Our rate for self-pay or out-of-network clients is $130 per session. Many of our clients are utilizing out-of-network benefits, so we encourage you to contact your insurance company for more information.