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. While working with one of our Therapist, you will get help exploring and identify your strengths. You will also learn how to use your resilience factors to move from “survival mode” to thrive in your life.

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

Our therapists offer an objective and unbiased perspective as well as training in behavioral health that your support network may not have. Your best friend or family members may be subjective and have difficulty separating their emotions. 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 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, our psychotherapists do not prescribe medications. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths to 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. 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?

We are 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?

We accept Highmark, Anthem, Federal Employee Program, Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO and some Aetna plans. Unfortunately, we do not accept Independence Blue Cross plans. 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.

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 explore the Loveland Foundation and the National Queer Trans Therapists of Color Network mental health funding opportunities.


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1518 Walnut Street Suite 1100
Philadelphia, PA 19102

(215) 720-1456

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