Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve never been to therapy before. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?

Not at all. People who ask for help know that they need it and reaching out demonstrates courage. Everyone needs help now and then. While working with one of our available Therapists, you will be supported to explore and identify your strengths. You will also receive guidance on how to use your resilience factors to move from “survival mode” to thrive in your life.

What’s the difference between talking to a mental health Therapist and talking to my best friend or family?

Therapists are trained in a range of behavioral health and counseling approaches, and can therefore offer an objective and unbiased perspective. Your best friend or family members may be subjective and have difficulty separating their emotions when offering advice. A mental health counselor can help you approach your situation in a new way by teaching you new skills, and helping you gain different perspectives. Therapists are trained to listen to you without expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Importantly, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about making  people “know (your) business.” Additionally, a Therapist will help you to manage situations that provoke a great deal of negative emotions, including how to maintain healthy boundaries in your relationships.

Why shouldn’t I just take medication?

Medication for anxiety and depression can be effective but cannot solve all issues on its own. Though sometimes medication may be needed in conjunction with therapy, our psychotherapists do not prescribe medications. Our work with you is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths to help you accomplish your personal goals for recovery.

How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?

Because each person has different concerns and goals for counseling, our approach will vary depending on your individual therapy needs. A therapy session is 53 minutes long.

How long will it take?

Unfortunately, this is not possible to predict. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them. The length of time counseling can take to allow you to accomplish your goals will depend on a number of factors and may include your desire for personal development, your commitment, and your reasons for starting therapy in the first place.

Does Melanated Womens Health only offer therapy for women's issues?

Though the practice was founded to address melanated women’s concerns including reproductive justice, perinatal health issues, racism based stress, refugee and immigrant challenges as well as trauma, our Therapists are committed to providing therapy to people with other identities. We believe that every person regardless of their demographic background, can benefit from receiving therapy from a melanated therapist. For this reason, we provide individual therapy to adults of all gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and culture.

I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?

We are happy to help dedicated clients get the most out of their therapy sessions. This requires your active participation, and collaboration with your Therapist to ensure your mental health treatment needs are successfully achieved.

Do you accept any insurance?

We accept Highmark, Anthem, Federal Employee Program, Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO and some Aetna insurance plans. We are not in-network with Independence Blue Cross, Keystone, Personal Choice, Cigna, or Horizon insurances. It is important that you also know that insurance companies require that you are diagnosed with a mental health problem. Once you get a diagnosis, it becomes a permanent part of your health record, and could impact your health and life insurance rates in the future. Insurance also limits your options for types of mental health treatment and provider. If you are able to pay out of pocket, you will have more choices for Therapists and approaches that work best for you.

If you do not have insurance or have financial hardship, Openpath Psychotherapy Collective offers an option for therapy at a sliding scale fee. You can also contact the Loveland Foundation and the National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network for mental health funding opportunities.

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2133 Arch Street, Suite 304
Philadelphia, PA 19103