FEQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
1. How do I know if I need to seek professional assistance?
How do I know if I need to seek professional assistance?
There are times when you’re uncertain if you need to simply be left alone, to let things settle, or to talk to someone about some of your ongoing challenges. If you find yourself reflecting on these thoughts, it might mean that a part of you is in search of an objective voice to help you sort through your thoughts. This is your inner knowing that is letting you know that you don’t have to go it alone. Therapy is connecting to another human being with no other intent than to assist you attain your maximum potential and help you find your way back to being you. .
2. How do I pick the right therapist?
How do I pick the right therapist?
Selecting a therapist is a personal and intimate process that is different for everyone. Some people choose a therapist based on gender, experience, ethnicity, and/or specialization. While other people select a therapist based on proximity and hours of operation. Regardless of your choice selection, it’s most important that you feel heard, understood, and challenged. A special bond develops between you and your therapist since you will be discussing sensitive information that you may have never before shared with anyone. It is for this reason that following the therapeutic relationship therapists and clients may not socially interact within a social context.
3. How do I get the most out of my therapy session?
How do I get the most out of my therapy session?
Maximizing your time in therapy is important since the time spent in session will seem to go quickly. To prepare you should ask yourself what you hope to accomplish after your session. In addition, you may want to reflect on what brings you to therapy, what have you done thus far to help you alleviate the stress of your ongoing concern and how committed you are to changing your current situation. Lastly, it’s important to remain honest with yourself as well as your therapist to benefit fully from your experience.
4. How much does therapy cost?
How much does therapy cost?
Therapy is considered an investment and part of your mental health hygiene. Your emotional stability has a direct impact on all aspects of your relationships in life. There are various payment options for you to choose from and decide which is best for you.
5. What should I know about insurance based therapy?
What should I know about insurance based therapy?
We accept a limited number of insurance plans as an “in-network provider” and our services are often covered through “out-of-network” benefits. We will provide you with an invoice of your services so that you may request reimbursement form your insurance provider in the event you have out of network benefits. To become more informed about your insurance benefits you may wish to ask your insurance carrier the following questions when inquiring about your coverage:
a. Do I have mental health insurance benefits?
b. What is my deductible and has it been met?
c. What is the coverage amount per session?
d. Is approval required by my primary care physician?
These questions are designed to help you become more informed about the payment process.
In some instances, where the consumer may have a high deductible, a self-pay or non-insurance based option may be worth exploring.
It is equally important to know that when you use your insurance benefits, the provider is required to submit a claim containing diagnostic information that may compromise your confidentiality to some degree.
6. What should I know about Non-Insurance based therapy?
What should I know about Non-Insurance based therapy?
Non-insurance based form of therapy are for individuals that seek the utmost level of confidentiality. All records, diagnostic assessments, and notes are held by the therapist and not disclosed to a third party without the authorization of the client. The services rendered preserve the integrity of the therapeutic exchange without having to disclose confidential information to third part recipients such as insurance companies. In some instances, where the consumer may have a high deductible, a self-pay or non-insurance based option may be worth exploring.
At C.A.C. we strive to offer psychological services to the South Florida community that are both accessible and of the utmost quality. Our non-insurance benefit packages are for individuals that seek the highest level of confidentiality. The self-pay option offers the consumer a tailored service contract that meets their individual needs. To inquire on which package offering is best for you, kindly direct all inquiries either by communicating with our office manager Ms. Yolanda Ramirez at 305-779-8565 or visit our price listing. Renewal of packages can be made directly on the website.
7. What should I know about my initial and follow up sessions?
What should I know about my initial and follow up sessions?
Your initial session is designed to capture the essence of your choice to attend therapy and lasts 60 minutes. If a longer session is needed, like in the case of couple’s therapy, then arrangements should be made in advanced.
Follow up sessions last 45-50 minutes and are designed to address the immediate concerns of the consumer. A review of the prior session is recapped and a personal inventory of where you are today is determined. Practical tools are discussed, modeled in session, and encouraged to practice in between sessions to attain maximum outcome. A journal is highly recommended to review your ongoing progress during our time together.
8. What if I can’t make it to my scheduled session?
What if I can’t make it to my scheduled session?
Not unlike all doctor’s appointment, you are asked to give 24 hours advanced notice in the event of a cancellation, excluding emergencies to avoid a “No Show” fee. It’s important to remember that therapy is a personal commitment and continuity of care is essential to your growth and progress.
9. What if traveling to the office is difficult for me?
What if traveling to the office is difficult for me?
While most sessions are conducted in person, there are times when session may be delivered via telephone and/or through other means of technology such as e-therapy. In the event you wish to inquire if you are a candidate for e-therapy, I ask that you contact the office directly at 305-779-8565 and speak with the Center Administrator Ms. Yolanda Ramirez .
10. How do I know when I’ve attained my goals in therapy?
How do I know when I’ve attained my goals in therapy?
Everyone is on a personal journey that leads each one of us down a unique path. Your progress in therapy will begin to manifest in your relationships, work products, and self efficacy. Your family and friends may notice before you do. While there are times you may want to continue to remain in therapy despite your progress, your therapist will encourage you practice your newly acquired skills independently and question your desire to remain. We believe in providing you the support you need until you are able to support yourself.