Therapy, also known as counseling or psychotherapy, is a process in which a trained professional helps an individual or group of individuals to address and overcome mental health or behavioral issues. This can include discussing and exploring emotions, thoughts, and behaviors, as well as developing coping mechanisms and strategies for addressing problems.
The length of time someone should stay in therapy can vary depending on their individual needs and goals. Some people may only need a few sessions to address a specific issue, while others may benefit from ongoing therapy over a longer period of time.
It's also important to note that every person is different, and some may need more or less time in therapy to achieve their goals. Some people may find that they need to continue therapy in order to maintain their progress and continue to work on their issues. Others may find that they have made the changes they need and can end therapy.
It's important to have open and honest communication with your therapist about your goals and how you feel therapy is going. Your therapist can help you determine if you are making progress and when it might be appropriate to discuss ending therapy.
There are a few key factors to consider when determining if your therapist is a good fit for you.
Comfort level: It's important that you feel comfortable and safe discussing personal and sensitive information with your therapist. If you feel uneasy or uncomfortable in therapy, it may not be the right fit for you.
Therapist's approach: Different therapists may have different approaches to therapy. Make sure the therapist's approach aligns with your needs and goals.
Good communication: Good communication is key in therapy. Make sure you feel heard and understood by your therapist, and that you can express yourself freely.
Progress: You should feel like you are making progress in therapy. If you don't feel like you are making progress, or if you feel like therapy is not helping, it may be time to explore other options.
Trust: It is important that you trust your therapist and feel confident in their abilities and professional judgement.
It's important to keep in mind that therapy is a process, and it may take some time to find the right therapist for you. If you don't feel like your therapist is a good fit, don't be afraid to speak up or try another therapist.
Each therapeutic hour is between 50-60 minutes. If you are engaging in an EMDR processing session, 90-minute appointments are also available. It is generally standard to meet with your therapist on a weekly basis, though twice weekly sessions are available based on availability and need.
In the state of Pennsylvania, as in most states in the US, psychotherapists are required by law to keep client information confidential, however, there are some limits to this confidentiality:
1. Duty to warn: If a therapist believes that a client is a danger to themselves or others, the therapist may be required to break confidentiality to warn the potential victim or notify the appropriate authorities.
2. Reporting of abuse: Therapists are required by law to report any suspected abuse or neglect of children or vulnerable adults.
3. Court-ordered disclosures: A therapist may be compelled to testify or provide information in a court of law if ordered to do so by a judge.
4. Supervision and consultation: Therapists may discuss client information with other professionals for the purpose of supervision, consultation or training, but only if all identifying information is removed.
5. Research: In some cases, a therapist may use anonymized client information for research purposes, but only with client's written consent.
It's important for clients to understand that while the therapist will make every effort to maintain confidentiality, there may be circumstances where the therapist is legally required to disclose information.
Dr. Arthur Dalton is credentialed with Highmark Blue Shield. Otherwise, Dalton Psychological is an out of network provider. This means that we do not accept insurance directly. However, we can provide you with a monthly superbill that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
*Please contact your insurance company to ask if they reimburse for out-of-network services. Dalton Psychological cannot guarantee reimbursement*
Each 50–60-minute session is $150. Each 90-minute session is $200.
The No Surprise Act and Good Faith Estimate
The No Surprise Act is a provision in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 that requires healthcare providers to give patients an estimate of their out-of-pocket costs for healthcare services at least 48 hours before the service is provided. This applies to both in-network and out-of-network providers.
A Good Faith Estimate is a document provided by healthcare providers that gives patients an estimate of their out-of-pocket costs for healthcare services. This document should include information about the cost of the service, any deductibles or copayments that apply, and any expected cost-sharing with the patient's insurance plan.
For psychotherapy services, a Good Faith Estimate would include the estimated cost of the therapy sessions, any additional costs associated with the therapy (such as materials or assessments), and an estimate of the patient's portion of the cost (such as copays or deductibles). The No Surprise Act requires that this estimate be provided to the patient at least 48 hours before the therapy service is provided, so that the patient can make an informed decision about their healthcare.
No. Dalton Psychological does not work with clients under the age of 18.
Yes! We offer in-person sessions at our office in Newtown Square, PA.
No. Psychologists and clinical social workers do not prescribe medication. We can provide you with a list of referrals for local psychiatrists and/or nurse practitioners in the area who can assist you with medication management.
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