Frequently Asked Questions
What is the cost of therapy?
Our regular fee is $175 for the first session and range from $125-$175 for each session thereafter. If you want to use your insurance we are a network provider, and we’ll honor the contracted rate per session depending on the plan. All benefit claims will be submitted by us to your insurance. Your co-payment will be due at the time of service. We do accept sliding fee scale based on your income.
How long are therapy sessions?
Sessions are typically 45-50 minutes in length.
What can I expect during the first session?
The therapist will create a safe, therapeutic and confidential environment while gathering information about your presenting issue or reasons for seeking therapy. The therapist will also gather information about your history (family, relationship, psychological, career, etc.) and your current lifestyle (schedule, stressors, support network, etc,). The therapist will explain the process of therapy and may discuss some initial goals and objectives. You are encouraged to ask any questions you might have about therapy and to share your objectives, concerns, etc. You and your therapist may discuss frequency of visits (which is usually once a week at the start of therapy), and you will schedule your next visit if you and your therapist agree it is a fit to work together. There is some basic paperwork that you and your therapist will complete together pertaining to your contact information, insurance, confidentiality, etc. Sessions are 50 minutes long and you do not need to bring anything other than yourself and your insurance card (if you would like to use your healthcare benefits).
How frequent are visits?
Typically, sessions occur once per week. The therapist and client may decide to increase or decrease the frequency of visits depending on progress and need.
How long will I be in therapy?
Length of treatment depends on the presenting issue and the goals of treatment. Brief treatment might be as short as three to five sessions while longer term therapy might last as long as a few years. The therapist and client will collaborate to determine the length of treatment that is clinically appropriate and feels comfortable for the client.
What if I need medication?
If a therapist and client agree that medication such as an antidepressant might be helpful to the client, the therapist will provide a referral to a psychiatrist. Urban Balance has several psychiatrists with whom we collaborate frequently to help clients reach goals in treatment.
What is the theoretical orientation of the therapists?
All Urban Balance therapists have a client-centered approach that recognizes the importance of the therapeutic relationship and an empathic connection between the therapist and client. All Urban Balance therapists look at treatment from a strengths perspective rather than a disease model. Urban Balance therapists come from diverse backgrounds of clinical training and have different approaches including cognitive-behavioral, family systems, psychodynamic, experiential and narrative therapy. Clients are matched with clinicians who best meet their needs.