Frequently Asked Questions

 

+ Do you accept insurance?

I am an in-network provider with Lyra Health. I work with all other insurance comapnies on an out-of-network basis. At the end of each session, I will provide you with an invoice that includes all of the details insurance providers require for reimbursement. If you are unsure of your out-of-network benefits, ask your insurance provider the following questions:

  1. Do I have out-of-network mental health insurance benefits?
  2. What is my deductible and has it been met?
  3. How many sessions per year does my health insurance cover?
  4. What is the coverage amount per therapy session?

+ What forms of payment do you accept?

I accept all major credit cards, cash and checks. Payment is due at the beginning of each session.

+ How long will I be in therapy?

Because everyone’s motivations for seeking treatment are unique and personal, treatment length varies. The amount of time we spend in therapy will largely depend on your goals. That said, cognitive therapy is traditionally a shorter-term treatment. While it is important not to rush the therapeutic process, I also believe that it is possible to experience relief relatively quickly.

+ How will I know if women’s counseling is working?

Many women begin to experience relief within a few sessions. As you begin to feel better, we develop a specific treatment plan that includes benchmarks and regular check-ins in to ensure therapy is helping you meet your goals.

+ How is coaching different from therapy?

During coaching sessions, the focus of our work is on solving an identified problem. There is no clinical evaluation, and I do not offer a mental health diagnosis. Rather, the focus of our work is on identifying and using your strengths so that you feel equpped and empowered to solve the parenting- and career-related concerns that cause you distress. Typically, coaching is more time-limited than counseling, and meetings may take place over video conference. By contrast, counseling is more exploratory in nature, and typically involves longer-term concerns.

+ What about medication?

My approach to treatment is transparent and collaborative. Many of the women I work with are treated without medication. However, when appropriate, I discuss the advantages and disadvantages of medication with you, as some women do respond better to a combination of therapy and medication. If you decide to try medication, I can provide a referral to excellent psychiatrists in Fairfield County and collaborate with them throughout your treatment. If you are already on medication when we begin working together, we can discuss whether you would like to schedule a psychiatric consultation with a women’s health specialist, to ensure you are taking the right medication and dosage.

+ What if I need more intensive care?

Despite my professional experience and being licensed to practice psychology in Connecticut and New York, you may need more specialized care than I can provide. If that is the case, and if you’re open to it, I can provide a trusted referral.


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Are you ready to move forward?

If you’d like to learn more about cognitive behavioral therapy and the way that I work, I invite you to email drlevine@perennialwellnessllc.com or call 203-293-8840 for a free 15-minute consultation. My office located in Westport, Connecticut. I’d be happy to speak with you about women’s counseling services and how cognitive behavioral therapy can help with depression and anxiety.