FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Here are some answers to common questions about psychotherapy.
How do I schedule an appointment?
I work as a telemedicine psychotherapist with the Online Care Group, using technology powered by American Well. You can schedule an appointment with me through the app provided by your insurance or company benefits. You can also schedule an appointment with me on Amwell.com and LiveHealthOnline.com.
How do I know if I need psychotherapy?
If you have tried to cope or change on your own but are not reaching your goals, you may benefit from working with a psychotherapist. Sometimes it takes the support and guidance of a trained professional to get back on track. You may also benefit from brief episodes of care from time to time to talk through slip ups or prevent symptoms returning. Some clients use psychotherapy as part of preventive, routine self-care, just like visits to the doctor and dentist.
How much does counseling cost?
My fee is set by the Online Care Group and is $79 - $85 per session. Most people use the behavioral health benefits of their health insurance plan or their employee assistance (EAP) benefits. One episode of brief psychotherapy is generally 10 - 14 sessions that occur over 3 - 6 months. You may need more or you may need less. I encourage clients to start with weekly sessions until they begin to see progress on their goals, and then to taper down. I encourage clients to use their last session to review their work and say goodbye. Thereafter, it's okay to come back for periodic check ins or work on a new set of goals.
What about diagnosis?
The American health insurance industry is based on a "medically necessary" model. This means that I need to ask you how your symptoms interfere with your life and give you a diagnosis.
Money is tight. What can I do?
Sadly, not everyone has great insurance benefits. If money is tight, please do not hesitate to let me know. A more structured form of therapy called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) may be best for you. If you choose CBT, you can expect to do homework on your own. I will provide you with handouts and online resources to guide your work.
Appointment policy - Cancellations, changes, and no shows
My goal is to make myself available to those in need. Cancellations or appointment changes require at least 24 hours notice. Repeated violations of the appointment policy may cause you to lose access to self-scheduling and other valuable services.
Parting is such sweet sorrow
Time to go, now what? Saying goodbye and coping with loss is difficult. Please make sure to take advantage of the therapy relationship to process the feelings you experience with goodbyes. Also, please take advantage of the resources I can share with you if I know you are ready to leave therapy. I would like to help you stay well.
Contact me with more questions
Please feel free to contact me at the email address given in the footer below. I am happy to schedule a phone call to answer your questions.
info AT patriciawakefieldtherapy DOT com (Clients only. Please limit your message to call back information. This email account is not HIPAA compliant.)
*I am licensed to treat patients in Pennsylvania (PA LCSW #CW013287), MA (LICSW #119344), MI (LMSW #6801100720), and California (LCSW #83491). I abide by the NASW Code of Ethics.