© 2020 by Julie Carbery, LPC, PhD

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q.WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE FIRST SESSION?

A:  For minors, I prefer to meet with both parents to complete a full developmental and family history, before meeting the child.  If you are over 18, I will meet with you alone, unless you want to bring others into our session.  During the intake session we will begin to build our therapeutic rapport and trust. I will have you share what brings you to therapy.

Q.HOW LONG IS A SESSION?

A:  50-minutes per session.

Q.WHAT IS THERAPY LIKE?

A:  Therapy is a different experience for each client, as the therapist will tailor treatment to the individual, couple or family needs. Therapy works best in a collaborative manner.  I will value your input as we work together to determine the goals for treatment, and what the treatment will look like. I will guide you towards reaching your goals. 

Q.HOW OFTEN WILL WE MEET?

A:  This is determined between therapist and client. We can meet as frequently as weekly or as minimally as monthly. If this is your first time in therapy, weekly sessions are recommended to build a strong relationship and to better understand your needs. 

Q.ARE THERE ISSUES OR CLIENTS THAT YOU DO NOT WORK WITH?

A:  I am well-versed in supporting individuals and families in many areas. At this time, I am unable to support individuals who want to work through active substance use. I will refer you to other experts for areas beyond my wheelhouse.

Q.WILL MY SESSIONS AND INFORMATION REMAIN CONFIDENTIAL?

A:  What you say in therapy, stays in therapy. All information shared between client and therapist is strictly confidential. However, there are times when a therapist is legally obligated to break confidentiality such as:  1) If you express intent to harm yourself, 2) If a child is in danger 3) If you express intent to harm others.

Q.HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE?

A:  $175 per session

Q.HOW DO I PAY FOR THERAPY?

A:  I accept cash, check, credit cards, Venmo and Zelle. Payments must be made at the time of sessions.

Q.DO YOU ACCEPT INSURANCE?

A:  At this time, I am paneled for Cigna and BlueCross BlueShield. If you have out-of-network benefits, I will provide an invoice after each session for you to submit for reimbursement. If you are unsure about your benefits, please call your insurance company directly and ask the following:

  1. What are my mental health benefits?

  2. What is my deductible or out-of-pocket maximum?

  3. Do you cover session code 90834?

Q.HOW DO I GET STARTED?

A:  Your journey begins with a free 15-minute phone consultation. This is by no means a comprehensive list of questions. You can schedule a phone consultation by clicking  Contact Me.

Q.WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?

A:  I  confirm the day before each scheduled session. If you miss our appointment with less than 24 hours notice, you will be charged a $75 cancellation fee, .

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Q.DO YOU PROVIDE ONLINE THERAPY?

A:  Only if extenuating circumstances require that we talk other than in person. All phone calls over 10 minutes accrue charges.  

Q.IS YOUR OFFICE ADA (American with Disabilities Act) COMPATIBLE?

A:  Yes, we have ramps and elevators in the building.

Q.DO YOU PRESCRIBE MEDICATION?

A:  No. I am not a medical doctor and cannot prescribe medication. If you are interested in seeking psychiatric medication assistance, please speak with your primary care physician or search for a psychiatrist.

Q.WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PSYCHIATRIST, PSYCHOLOGIST, PSYCHOTHERAPIST AND SOCIAL WORKER?

A:  Psychiatrists are trained medical doctors (MD) who are able to diagnose a mental health issue, and prescribe medication as needed.

Psychologists hold a doctorate degree and are qualified to diagnose mental health issues, but are not able to prescribe medication.

Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) have a masters or doctorate degree who can specialize in marriage and family therapy, clinical psychology, mental health counseling, trauma therapy and other areas.

Social Workers have a bachelor’s, masters or doctorate degree in clinical or community work.