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Frequently Asked Questions, Insurance and Pricing 

What Services do you provide?

Providing individual, couples and family counseling and medication management(with a Psychiatrist)

Treatment specialization includes:

  • Therapy for Depression and Anxiety
  • Couples Counseling
  • Family Counseling
  • Parenting Support
  • Grief Counseling
  • Work and Career issues
  • Stress Management
  • Addiction & Recovery
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Medication Management

We work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues providing services that span from therapy for depression and grief counseling to parenting support, couples counseling, medication management and beyond.  In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, We offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each of our clients individual needs to help attain the personal growth and wellness they’re striving for.

Do you take insurance, and how does that work?

Foothills Psychological Services accepts most major health insurances, but each individual provider is contracted with different insurance panels. Once you contact our office, our staff can help you determine if the provider you want to see is contracted with your insurance.  Often your insurance will have a "carve out" or third party administrator for Mental Health Benefits. This can make it difficult to determine in network benefits until our office contacts your insurance. We are here to help and will contact your insurance on your behalf to clear up the coverage before your first visit. 

We have providers that take:

Aetna

Blue Cross

IEHP

Medicare

United Healthcare

Cigna

And many more........

Most insurance plans have mental health coverage, but you are welcome to call your insurance and ask what benefits are covered for you. Make sure you mention which provider you would like to see and ask if an authorization is required to see that provider. We understand this process can be confusing and our office is eager to help you ensure you can find the best provider within your network. Please do not hesitate to call our office so we can help you investigate the details of your coverage. We also can in no way guarantee sessions will be covered as that determination is made by your insurance company. 

What is the pricing if I don’t have insurance?

Therapy: $250 for the initial assessment and $150 for follow up sessions. Each session is approximately 45 minutes. If a patient exceeds 6 months in between sessions, another intensive initial assessment will need to be performed and is subject to a $250 reassessment fee.

Is there an option for a reduced cost?

Reduced fee or negotiated services are available on a limited basis and at the discretion of the provider.  Reduced fees are only approved by the clinician.  The $250 initial assessment fee may not be reduced.

Do you have a Cancellation Policy?
If you do not show up for your scheduled therapy appointment, and you have not notified us at least 24 hours in advance, you will be required to pay a late cancelation/no show fee of $60.  This fee is expected in full, at your next visit.

Why do people go to therapy and how do I know if it is right for me?

People have many different motivations for making an appointment to talk to someone.  Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well.  Some people need assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts and creative blocks.  Therapy can help provide some much needed encouragement and help with skills to get them through these periods.  Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life.  In short, people seeking therapy are ready to discuss the challenges in their lives and make the changes necessary for a better quality of life. 

What is therapy like?

Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual.  In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session.  Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development.  Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly).

It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process.  The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life.  Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process - such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals. People seeking therapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.   

How can therapy help me?

A number of benefits are available from participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the struggles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process, put into practice what you learn and follow your recommended treatment plan. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:

  •  Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships
  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
  • Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
  • Improving communications and listening skills
  • Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence

Do I really need therapy?  I can usually handle my problems.  

Everyone goes through challenging seasons in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you're at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face. 

What about medication management (Psychiatry) vs. psychotherapy?  

Only a psychiatrist can prescribe medication to aid in mental health symptoms.  It is well established that the long-term solution to mental health, emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness.  Working with your medical doctor you can determine what's best for you, and in some cases a combination of medication, prescribed by a psychiatrist, and therapy is the right course of action. 

When seeing a therapist, patients are often seen more frequently and for longer durations than when seeing a psychiatrist.  Therapists, on average, see patients once a week for 45 minutes (depending on the therapist's recommendation).  A psychiatrist will perform an initial assessment of the patient, which takes about 45 minutes, and then, on average, has the patient return every 4-8 weeks for a follow up appointment lasting about 15 minutes to discuss their progress with their medication and the continued management of symptoms.  The psychiatrist may have the client return more frequently, particularly when adjusting to new medications, or less frequently, once  balance with medication and symptoms has been achieved.  It is important to maintain contact and regular visits with your psychiatrist and it is strongly encouraged that time between medication management visits does not exceed 90 days.  If a patient exceeds this time frame, the psychiatrist may determine that a new assessment needs to be performed in order to maintain proper care for the patient.

Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?

Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and therapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter. Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone.  This is called “Informed Consent”.  Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, Naturopath, Attorney), but by law your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.

However, state law and professional ethics require therapists and our office to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:

* Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.

* If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threated to harm another person.