Q: What is Psychotherapy and How Does it Work?

Psychotherapy is an intervention used by trained professionals to help clients work through a myriad of life problems. This usually includes increasing an individual’s sense of well-being. Psychotherapists may be performed by practitioners with different qualifications, including psychologists, marriage and family therapists, counselors, and psychiatrists. Therapy can be provided in a variety of formats, including individual, group, marital/couples, and family.

Q: How Much Does Therapy Cost?

Our standard fee is $150.00 per session. The therapists at Lighthouse work on a “sliding scale” with clients. There are several factors that come into play when deciding the cost of therapy. Typically, licensed therapists charge more than unlicensed therapists. Additionally, the client’s ability to pay is considered when deciding the client’s out-of-pocket costs.

Q: Do You Accept Insurance Plans for Payment?

Since we are an out-of-network healthcare provider, we are limited to bill insurance for treatment; however, you can obtain a “superbill” which is a type of receipt that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

Q: How Do I Know if my Health Insurance Covers Outpatient Therapy?

If you do not know your coverage there are several things you can do. You can call your insurance company directly and ask them about your coverage. Be sure to see if your annual deductible has been paid. Please bring this information with you on your first visit with us.

Q: How Many Sessions Should Therapy Require?

The length of treatment can vary based on several factors, including personality characteristics of the individual seeking help, longevity and type of presenting problem, types of goals established, the therapist’s theoretical orientation and style, effectiveness of the therapist, and frequency of sessions. We suggest that clients commit to a minimum of 10 sessions, at which time, they will evaluate with their therapist the advisability of termination or continued therapy.

Q: How Long do Sessions Last?

The typical therapy hour lasts 50 minutes. Sometimes clients come to sessions several times a week. Most clients meet with their therapist once per week. Sessions can also be scheduled once or twice a month, depending on how you and your therapist make arrangements during the treatment planning phase.

Q: Will Anyone Other Than My Therapist Know What I Talk About?

Everything you share will be kept confidential, with only a couple of notable exceptions. If your therapist is not licensed s/he will be seeking supervision as required by state law. Also, if you plan to use health care insurance, your plan may require some basic information about why you sought counseling. State law also requires therapists to break confidentiality if they suspect that there has been child or elder abuse, or if they believe you are in danger of committing suicide or homicide.