Q: What is Most Important for Successful Therapy?

Posted on October 26th, 2012 by Michael G. Webb, LMFT

Research has revealed that the type or modality of therapy is less important to a successful therapeutic outcome than the quality of the therapeutic relationship. Thus, to have a good result, it is critical that you find someone whose approach you feel comfortable with and whom you feel understands you. A good “match” between a therapist and client is essential. You should feel a sense of safety and acceptance with your therapist along with a confidence that they can help you.

Q: Why is Therapy So Expensive?

Posted on October 26th, 2012 by Michael G. Webb, LMFT

Therapy does involve a significant financial investment. Therapy is a specialized treatment process that facilitates insight, personal and relational healing, and behavioral change that in most cases cannot be gained without professional intervention.
Therapists have years of graduate training and professional experience. This training and expertise takes a great deal of time and financial investment to acquire. In most professions (including therapy), the more specialized and experienced the practitioner, the more they charge for their time.

Q: Why Aren’t You on My Insurance Panel?

Posted on October 26th, 2012 by Michael G. Webb, LMFT

We do not work directly with managed care companies for several reasons. First, insurance companies put profound restrictions on the number of sessions they will cover and how much they will reimburse. Many will only “authorize” a few sessions at a time. This type of practice is disruptive to continuity in therapy. Secondly, insurance companies often require reports and treatment plans from therapists on their panels. Confidential and personal information processed by insurance companies is stored in a database and can jeopardize client confidentiality.

Q: Do You Accept Insurance?

Posted on October 26th, 2012 by Michael G. Webb, LMFT

We are not on any insurance panels (HMO or PPO). Many PPO plans will cover a portion of your treatment through your “out of network” benefit. We will furnish you with a receipt that you may submit to your insurance company for reimbursement. Plans vary and it is important that you check your coverage carefully.

Questions to ask your insurance company to help determine if our services are covered are: What are my outpatient mental health benefits?

Q: Why Do Therapists Have Strict Cancellation Policies?

Posted on October 26th, 2012 by Michael G. Webb, LMFT

Therapy requires a two-way commitment from therapist to client and vice versa. Most therapists have a cancellation policy in which they charge the full fee for a cancellation occurring less than 24-48 hours prior to the appointment. Other therapists have a “no cancellation” policy. They require that their clients commit to pay for the reserved time. In this case, the therapist may provide some options when an appointment cannot be kept, such as having a phone session or rescheduling the session.