How do I know if I need therapy?
If you are struggling with emotional or behavioral issues, experiencing abuse, interpersonal conflicts, depression, anxiety, and grief, or similar problems, therapy can be beneficial in helping you reach your goals. Therapy is appropriate for those who have things happening now or that have happened in the past that are affecting your current emotional state.
How do I know if my child needs therapy?
Therapy for your child should be considered if your child is experiencing behavioral problems such as verbal and physical aggression, school suspensions, and problems with the law or defiance. Therapy can be especially helpful to a child who may be dealing with difficult issues in their life such as abandonment, abuse, death, divorce or other changes in their environment.
How long are therapy sessions?
Therapy sessions typically last 45 to 50 minutes unless otherwise indicated by your therapist.
How frequent are therapy sessions?
Therapy sessions are typically once per week, but may be more or less depending on your individual needs.
Do you accept insurance?
At this time we accept HealthLink, Cigna, Aetna, Anthem BCBS, United Healthcare, UMR, MO HealthNet (Missouri Medicaid), Home State Health (Cenpatico), Healthy Blue and United Healthcare Community Plan. If your insurance company is not listed, you may be able to receive reimbursement for our fees as an out of network provider. We are in the process of accepting additional insurance providers. Please contact us to see if we are on your insurance company’s panel. A sliding fee scale is also available based on financial need.
What can I expect in my first session?
Your first appointment will be an information gathering session so you and your therapist can get to know one another. You will be asked about why you are seeking counseling, any symptoms you are having and your history. Your history may include things such as education, relationships, your current living situation and career. If you are bringing your child in for services the therapist may meet with you and your child for some time before meeting with your child individually. Sessions are typically 45 to 60 minutes, once a week or once every other week, based on your needs.
How long will I be in therapy?
Therapy is an ongoing process that you will discuss with your clinician throughout your sessions. When both you and your therapist feel like you are at a good place to stop, a plan will be made to terminate sessions at that time. Many patients feel a need to come back from time to time after termination for crises or maintenance, this is not only normal but also expected.
How confidential is therapy?
Therapy is a process that works in great part due to confidentiality between yourself and your clinician. However, due to mandated reporting laws, there are instances that confidentiality may need to be broken (child/elder abuse, harm to self or others, etc.). You will always be notified by your clinician prior to these breaks in confidentiality, and they are always done with the sole means of keeping everyone safe.