FAQs

FAQs

I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?

Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.

What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?

The difference is I will offer an objective and unbiased perspective, along with training and experience that your best friend or family may not have. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, help you gain different perspectives, listen to you without expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about me making  people “know (your) business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life. By talking about problems in therapy, you maintain healthy boundaries in your other relationships.

Why shouldn’t I just take medication?

Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Though sometimes medication may be needed in conjunction with counseling, I do not prescribe medications. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals and recovery.

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

Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs, though a therapy session is 50 minutes.

How long will it take?

Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counseling can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counseling in the first place.

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

I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.

Do you accept any insurance?

Yes; I am in network with Highmark and Blue Cross Blue Shied. It is important that you also know that insurance companies require that you get a diagnosis. 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. By paying out of pocket, you get the freedom to choose a therapist and therapy approach that is best for you. Since I value making therapy accessible to all people, I also offer an income based sliding scale option if you do not have Highmark. You can also check out Openpath Psychotherapy Collective for other sliding scale providers.

 

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1518 Walnut Street Suite 1100
Philadelphia, PA 19102

melanatedwomenshealth@gmail.com
(215) 720-1456

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