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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you accept insurance?

Wellness First is  a private pay (or self-pay) practice. Our clients prioritize their well-being and often pre-plan (budget) to invest in necessary therapy services (much like they would for any other self-care service). I do not bill insurance directly, but can provide services to you as an out-of-network provider (See below). 

  • First, contact your insurance company to verify that they allow out-of-network providers.

  • Second, if your insurance company allows for out-of-network providers, find out their reimbursement rate (that is the amount of therapy costs they will reimburse to you).

  • Third, I can provide you with documentation (known as a superbill) needed to pursue reimbursement from your insurance company after you've paid for services.

As another option, you may use your Health Savings Account card to pay for services.
Don't hesitate to call us if you have questions.

 

Why pay out of pocket for services when I can use my insurance benefits?

I often have potential clients call wanting to use their insurance. There are certainly benefits to using mental health insurance benefits (e.g., only having to cover the designated co-pay fee). However, there can be issues associated with use of  insurance. First, there may be a large deductible you have to meet before they start to cover the costs of your services. Find out what that is. You may end up having to pay out-of-pocket quite a bit anyway. Second, insurance companies impose session limits that can hinder the work you and your therapist can accomplish; especially if they don't authorize additional sessions. Third, oftentimes the wait to get in and see a provider on your insurance panel is lengthy; you may not want to wait weeks on end to see a provider. Fourth, your provider has to share information with your insurance company so that they will be reimbursed for your sessions. 

That said, here are some of the benefits to working with met: Extended session times at no extra cost (schedule permitting); Flexible meeting times & locations; Extra assistance between sessions, via phone or email, at no extra cost (schedule permitting); A provider who has had ample time to prepare for your session; A provider who has a manageable case load and is not burned out.

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Why would I need a health or life coach? I think I can reach my goals on my own.

I love that you have confidence in yourself and think you can do it on your own. You may be able to.  Few questions: (1) How successful have you been making change on your own thus far? (2) Have you been making consistent progress on your own? (3) Do you know how to best handle the obstacles that present to maintain your progress? If you answered no to those questions, you would likely benefit from help.

Achieving our health and wellness goals can be difficult for a number of reasons. I use a strengths-based approach along with cognitive, behavioral, and positive psychology techniques to assist you in (1) identifying your vision and goals, (2) successfully addressing challenges that arise on your path to wellness or success, and (3) implementing a course of action that leads to success and quality of life. If you would benefit from personalized help reaching health, wellness, and life goals, call today for a free consult. 

 

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What is a health psychologist?

Health Psychologists are trained to address a broad range of psychological and emotional issues, but have specialized training on applying scientific knowledge of the interaction between cultural, behavioral, emotional, cognitive, social and biological components in health and illness to (1) promote health maintenance and disease prevention and (2) treat or address the influence of emotional/psychological variables on illness and recovery. Health Psychologists can also serve as a liaison between patients and their medical providers to improve communication and medical care.

 

Why would I choose a seminar or class over individual therapy?

  • Group services are more affordable (usually cheaper) than individual services

  • You can form an alliance or rapport with other group members which may be of social benefit

  • Group members act as a sounding board and support network

  • You can be encouraged by learning that you are not the only one struggling with issues affecting your health and wellness.

  • You can add to the learning environment by sharing your insights.

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Your seminars are psycho-educational. What does that mean?

Psychoeducation is:

  • An effective evidence-based practice

  • Both instructive (learning based) and experiential (active)

  • Incorporates illness-specific information and tools for managing related circumstances

  • Centered on providing patients and their caregivers information and skills to improve health-related outcomes.

  • Inclusive of several complementary theories including ecological systems theory (the way our social context influences us), cognitive-behavioral theory (thoughts and behaviors), stress and coping models, social support models, and narrative (sharing personal testimony) approaches.

Adapted from Lukens & McFarlane (2004) Psychoeducation as Evidence-Based Practice: Considerations for Practice, Research, and Policy

 

Do you offer corporate services?

Here is a list of some of the corporate services I offer. 

-Staff Training focused on cultural competence and diversity, team building, conflict resolution, or stress management.

- Program Development & Evaluation

-Health Research Consultation & Support

-Physician Wellness Initiatives

-Case Consultation

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