Frequently Asked Questions

What should I expect for my first appointment?

If your first appointment is at our main office in Scotia, please check in at the window and fill out your intake paperwork. Each family member in attendance should fill out his or her own forms. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to fill out the paperwork so that filling out paperwork does not cut into your time with your therapist. You may also print the intake forms off our website, fill them out beforehand and bring them with you for your first session. 

*If your first appointment is at a satellite location, there is no reception or need to check in. The intake forms will be set out for you in the waiting area. Your therapist will retrieve you for your appointment.

What does a relationship expert do?

A therapist trained in couple and family therapy can clarify how to create a happier and healthier marriage. By understanding your relationship patterns, subjective interpretations, and the powerful and often unconscious marital map that fuels them, major change is possible.

How much does therapy cost?

 Most therapy services are covered by insurance, and the only cost to the individual will be the co-pay. If you would like to know what your co-pay will be, please call the number on the back of your insurance card.

How long are therapy sessions?

Therapy sessions are 45 minutes long.

How often will I attend therapy sessions?

Your therapist will work with you to develop a plan that best fits your individual needs.

If I want to bring my child in for therapy, do I have to attend too?

If you would like to bring your child in for therapy, at least one parent or guardian must be in attendance. It is most helpful, however, if each member of the family is able to attend.

Can you provide a mental health evaluation for court purposes?

We are unable to provide this service.

Do you have a practitioner who can prescribe medications?

 We do not provide this service. To find a practitioner who is covered by your insurance, please call your insurance company.

Do I have to come to the window to check in at every appointment?

No. After you are established with your therapist you may make yourself comfortable in the waiting room. If you are waiting past your appointment time, please inquire at the window.

 What do I need to bring with me on my first appointment?

Please bring your insurance card to the window. The office will make a copy.

What are your office hours? Do you do weekend appointments?

All of the therapists make their own appointments. They try to be accommodating and may have limited availability during unconventional hours. You will have to discuss this with your therapist.

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