Psychology Associates of Chester County
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What to Expect

People usually start to feel better about their problems once they decide to take action. This can be one of the hardest steps to take especially when you don’t know what to expect. Below are answers to some common questions that you may have.  You may also want to read How to Find Help Through Seeing a Psychologist

What is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an approach to treatment that involves helping you achieve greater happiness by using a “rational thinking” mind set, while learning or improving existing behavioral strategies that promote greater happiness and success. CBT has well demonstrated effectiveness in a number of clinical problems, such as depression and anxiety disorders, as well as many “mind-body“ problems. By using CBT in our practice, we hope to help you find effective and practical solutions to your problems and concerns as quickly as possible. Although no guarantees can be made, many people report significant improvements and overall satisfaction by using this type of short-term and solution-focused approach to treatment. 

See also: Questions and Answers about Cognitive Therapy by Dr. Judith Beck.

How often and how long will I need to come?

Seeing people once a week is recommended for most of the people in our practice. Sessions are 45 minutes in length with the exception of the initial evaluation which is 60 minutes. Usually, by the second or third session we can give you an estimate of how long your treatment may take. Of course, this may change as more information is gathered over time.  Ultimately, how long you remain in treatment and how often you decide to come is completely up to you.

Do you accept insurance?

Yes, but we are not in-network with all insurance plans. Also, members of the practice may differ in their network affiliations.  Check with your individual health insurance provider to be certain.

Which insurance plans do you accept?

We accept most insurance plans; however, it is recommended that you call your insurance company to verify your benefits prior to the first appointment. If we are not in-network, you should ask if you have any out-of-network benefits. If so, you may receive reimbursement by your insurance company, even if you have to pay out of pocket first. Many people feel that this is a good strategy for finding a provider of their choosing, rather than being forced to stay within their insurance network.

Do you offer a sliding scale or reduced fee?

Yes. Fee reductions are available for those with demonstrated financial need.  Please complete and return the following application. Request Fee Reduction

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