The Process of Psychotherapy

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.

What is 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.

When to seek help?

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.

How does psychotherapy work?

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.

How will I know if psychotherapy is working?

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.

How long does psychotherapy take?

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.

Insurance and Fees

How much do your services cost?

Counseling Fees

We currently charge $200.00 for 60 minute sessions, which will include the initial intake 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 $160.00. Most couples or family therapy sessions are 60 minutes and we charge a prorated amount for extra time.

Marie Caterini Choppin, LCSW-C, LICSW, the Owner and Director, charges $220.00 for Couple Therapy which is typically a 60 minute session and $170.00 for 45 minute sessions.  Longer sessions are prorated accordingly. Marie’s fee are based on her 25 years of experience, Certification in Emotionally Focused Therapy and extensive additional couple therapy training through AEDP for couples.

However, 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. You should always ask your therapist about the fees he or she charges.

We also offer a limited number of sliding fee options if there is a financial concern. These will always be up to the therapist to decide an appropriate fee based on need.

We are a fee-for-service practice and don’t participate with any insurance panels. However, 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.

Services and Fees (see below for Marie Caterini Choppin’s fees)

Initial Diagnostic Interviews 60 minutes $200.00
Individual/Family/Couples 45 minutes $160.00
60 minutes $200.00
90 minutes $300.00
Group Therapy 60 minutes $85.00
75 minutes $105.00
90 minutes $125.00
Consultations/School Meeting 60 minutes $200.00
Report Writing/Letters Prorated $3.00 per minute/minimum $60.00
Initial Nutrition Assessment 60 minutes $140.00
Follow ups 30 minutes $70.00
45 minutes $90.00
Yoga Individual Session 60 minutes $60.00
Yoga Classes 60 minutes $12.00 per class or lower cost for
purchase of multiple classes
Marie Caterini Choppin 45 minutes $170.00
60 minuts $225.00

Can I receive reimbursement from my insurance company for LPW services?

We are a fee-for-service practice and don’t participate with any insurance panels. However, 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.

How do I pay for services?

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).

Are you a participating provider with any insurance carrier?

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.

Will you provide a Superbill for submission to insurance companies?

Lotus Point Wellness will provide a receipt and Superbill after each session, by e-mail, which will give you all the information you need to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

Why don’t you participate in any insurance or managed care program?

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.

Nutrition

How can a Nutritional Consultation/Evaluation Help Me?

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.

Is a nutritional consultation/evaluation insurance reimbursable?

Reimbursement depends on your insurance plan, although you should be able to get partial reimbursement. Registered Dietitians and Nutritionists can be reimbursable.

Yoga/Meditation

What is Yoga and How Can It Help?

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
  • Release tension
  • Strengthen muscles
  • 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
  • Enhance fertility
  • Contribute to the innate capacity of the body to fight illness and infection, reducing headaches, pulmonary disorders, abdominal distress and painful joints

Is Yoga therapy or classes insurance reimbursable?

At this point, it is not clear if yoga therapy is insurance reimbursable but it is always advisable to check with your insurance plan.