Many people often want to know what psychotherapy is; how it works; how they will know it is helping; and how long it will take. These questions are not just particular to parents, but to everyone seeking psychotherapy.
Psychotherapy is a professional, helping relationship between a client and a trained therapist. This relationship is based on therapeutic and ethical principles of client self-determination and empowerment. Whereas family members or friends may provide comfort and advice in times of need, a therapist is truly impartial and works from an unbiased perspective.
Deciding to seek assistance from a professional is a difficult decision for many. However, there are some basic facts and situations that might help you to make that decision. Some situations require immediate, critical assistance (such as having suicidal or homicidal thoughts or actions) and others are less threatening but would benefit from guidance from a professional. Generally, if you have been feeling very stressed, depressed, worried and/or anxious over a few weeks AND it is beginning to interfere with your life and your usual coping skills have not been able to solve the problem, then it would be advisable to seek a professional therapist.
Psychotherapy works based on establishing a productive relationship; one in which the client can trust his or her new therapist, who in many ways is a stranger. Building this trusting relationship can take time for some individuals, whereas others seem to open up more quickly to the process. Once a trusting relationship is established, the clinician works with the client on the treatment goals established by that client and/or his or her parents during the initial needs assessment process.
Many people experience an initial sense of relief once they start talking about what is bothering them. However, this initial relief can also be followed by more questions like,” how do I avoid those negative feelings again?” Or, “what can I do to keep feeling good?” We find that most people begin to get a sense that therapy is working when they find the answers to those very questions themselves.
Building any relationship takes time and the therapeutic relationship is no different. For some, a sense of trust evolves over a few sessions, whereas for others, really feeling safe to open up may take months. Clinicians strive to ask the right questions to unlock answers to our clients’ problems, but often getting to the solution depends more on clients truly trusting the clinician and being honest. We have clients who have felt that psychotherapy has helped them enough to stop therapy after as few as twelve sessions. However, we also have clients that have been working in therapy for years. Ultimately, how long you are in therapy is up to you and when you decide you have met your goals. Our commitment is to work with you as fast as possible, without compromising quality of care, to help you achieve your goals.
We charge $200.00 for an initial 60 minute session where we gather information about the reason you are seeking psychotherapy, the symptoms and situations that might be contributing to your symptoms, your own personal background history and family history. After that, appointments are usually 45 minutes and we charge $150.00. Most couples or family therapy sessions are 60 minutes and we charge a prorated amount for extra time.
Fees can vary, depending on the therapist you or your child may see; the services they provide and the extent of the assessment or intervention. Marie Caterini Choppin, LCSW-C charges $210.00 for an initial assessment session and couple therapy and $160.00 for a 45 minutes individual session. You should always ask your therapist about the fees he or she charges.
Yes. Practically all of the clinical services provided by LPW clinicians are insurance reimbursable, and most of our clients receive reimbursement from their insurance carriers for services rendered by LPW clinicians.
Payment by cash, check or credit card is due at time of service. Please make checks payable to Lotus Point Wellness, Inc. We have the ability to do ACH transactions through the credit card company as well as credit card transactions. We also ask that a credit card number be held in your file in case of missed or cancelled appointments that are less than 48 hours (our policies state this information).
Lotus Point Wellness is a fee-for-service, or “private pay,” company so this means that we only accept our full fee for services, and do not accept any insurance allowable or reimbursed rate to clients as payment for our services. LPW is considered an out-of-network provider and it’s important that clients contact.
LPW believes in protecting client’s privacy as much as possible and as a strengths-based and skill-building oriented practice, we work to identify our clients’ strengths and aptitudes rather than to focus on diagnosing particular disorders or mental health conditions. Whereas we are trained and licensed to diagnosis and will put a diagnosis on your receipt and Superbill, we prefer to treat emotional and behavioral problems creatively and conceptualize interventions tailored to fit the client, and not necessarily employ the pathway a particular insurance company may mandate.
LPW believes that it’s important to understand the connection between what we eat and how we feel. Getting an initial consultation and evaluation will give you information about how your own eating habits are affecting your overall feeling of wellbeing. A consultation can provide you with some guidelines, if needed, about foods to eat, what foods may be interfering with your health and what you and your family can do to make changes to your eating, if appropriate.
Yoga is a practice that often starts as exercise. It feels good to move the body and stretch the muscles. Doing the physical work – the poses, or asanas – is how we purify, relax and strengthen the body.
Benefits of Yoga
The benefits of yoga are numerous and can help to:
Create greater range of motion and flexibility
Create balance in body and mind
Breathe more deeply
Calm the nervous system
Create space between our thoughts
Improve stress management
Affect our bio-chemistry and can create a sense of lightness and optimism, alleviating symptoms of depression and anxiety that lead to eating and sleep disorders
Relieve long term physical and emotional effects of stress
Align the spine
Prevent and reverse many symptoms of degenerative conditions including osteoporosis and diabetes
Regulate blood pressure
Help balance the endocrine system
Contribute to the innate capacity of the body to fight illness and infection, reducing headaches, pulmonary disorders, abdominal distress and painful joints