Frequently asked questions
How can therapy help me?
A number of benefits are available from a relationship with a professional. Therapists can provide symptom management, support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for wide range of issues. Therapy can help to reduce depression, anxiety, relational conflict, trauma, grief, negative body image issues and creative blocks. Therapists can also provide a fresh perspective in complex realms or guide you towards a solution that feels comfortable for you. The benefits you will gain from therapy will depend on your engagement in treatment and your willingness to put into practice what you learn outside of the therapy room. Here are some common benefits available through treatment:
Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
Developing skills for improving your relationships
Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
Managing anger, grief, and depression
Interrupting old behavioral patterns and developing new ones
Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
Do I really need therapy? Are'nt I the expert of my own issues?
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties that you have faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking extra support from an "out of the box" perspective. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize that they need a helping hand; that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility for where you're at in life by making a commitment to change the situation. Therapy can provide long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools that you need to move through triggers and cease unwanted patterns.
Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and therapist. Progress in therapy is the result of having trust and the therapists ability to navigate highly sensitive material. Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidentialilty disclosure agreement and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent”. Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or collaborate with someone on your healthcare team (your Psychiatrist, Naturopath, Dieititian), but by law your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.
However, state law and professional ethics require all therapists to maintain confidentiality with the exception of the following situations:
* Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders are to be reported to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
* If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threated to harm another person.
What are your beliefs on medication versus therapy?
It is well established that the long-term solutions to mental health cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the roots of your distress and the behavioral patterns that impede upon your progress. You can achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. In some cases, a combination of medication and therapy is the best course of action in order to help a client move through their experience of unpacking emotional wounds.
Do you accept insurance
Currently, Revive's clients utilize their out-of-network benefits for our work together. We are no longer paneled as an in-network provider with any insurance companies. Here are some of reasons why:
The personal health information of a client (diagnosis, treatment plan, history, and progress reports) are required to be submitted to the insurance company. A common misconception is that this information is fully confiential. Uitilizing insurance requires that a client is diagnosed with a mental health disorder, which can have a lasting impact on a client’s health records, insurance premiums, and/or employment advancements. We believe that you should be aware of such potential repercussions.
Unfortunately, there are situations in which confidentiality must be waived. For example, it is common practice in the corporate industry to ask an employee to waive his/her rights to confidentiality when applying for a work promotion. This means that superiors within your workplace will gain access to your mental health/treatment history. Other circumstances in which clients are asked to waive their rights to confidentiality are: entering into law enforcement or other civil service positions, personal lawsuits alleging emotional distress, custody or divorce proceedings and obtaining life insurance.
Quality of work
Insurance companies have placed great restraints on the quality of work that a therapist can provide. Low reimbursement rates often lead therapists to compensate for that loss by adding more clients to their caseload (often resorting to doubling their clientele). This in turn, results in burn out. Offering our services as out-of-network provider is our form of quality control. We pride ourselves on our level of competancy and ability to provide quality care in which we are fully present and able to bring our energy to each indiviudual session.
Very few insurance plans actually offer coverage for couples therapy. For coverage to be considered, the couples treatment must be billed under one partners plan and he/she must be diagnosed with a Mental Health Disorder.
*It is important to note that when a couple comes to therapy for relational issues, having one partner hold a diagnosis can make treatment feel imbalanced or create a power differential. This is something to consider if you feel it may be unhelpful to your current relational dynamics or if divorce is a potential option.
Direction of the clinical work
Insurance companies have increasingly set limits around the frequency and amount of therapy sessions permitted. Yet, the journey of healing happens at a different pace for each person. Insurance companies tend to make their determinations for continued coverage based upon the medical model which is centrally focused on diagnosis and acute symptomolgy. Relational dynamics and unhealthy attachment patterns for example, which are the results of long-term suffering, are not overcome in short-term treatment. Therefore, progress and treatment outcomes can become stunted by the band-aid approach implemented by insurance companies.
How do I use my out-of-network benefits?
Clients who use their out-of-network benefits pay for the full session fee at the time of their appointment. An invoice confirming your payment for the session will be sent to you via email to submit to your insurance company. Your insurance will then directly reimburse you for a percentage of the session fee. It is common for out-of-network benefits to offer a reimbursement rate of 50% or more for the cost of each session. With technology, it has become increasingly convenient to submit and receive your reimbursement from insurance.
Prior to setting up your first session, please call your insurance's member services department using the phone number located on the back of your insurance card to determine if you have an out-of-network benefits policy. Here are some helpful questions to ask when contacting insurance:
-State that you are calling to inquire about your out-of-network benefits policy for "routine mental health office visits with a professional".
-Is there an out-of-network deductible? (This referrs to the amount that you are responsible for paying before the insurance company will begin to reimburse you for each session. The same question applies when using in-network benefits, but is often a different amount).
-Once the deductible has been met, what is the amount that insurance will reimburse for each session?
-How many therapy sessions does the plan cover?
-Is "pre-certification" (pre-approval) required in order to begin treatment?
-How do I submit my session invoices for reimbursement?
Once you have gathered this information, feel free to loop back to your therapist/coach to discuss your findings or ask additional questions. We are happy to help you gain clarity around your options.