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Frequently asked questions

Do you offer in-person and virtual therapy?

Yes. We offer both. Our offices are in Brookline, Cleveland Circle. Currently, availability is limited but will increase. Virtual therapy online is available anywhere in Massachusetts.

Do you accept insurance?

Yes, we accept most major private insurance. We are not contracted with MassHealth or Medicare and suggest you contact them for a full list of providers.

What is your private pay rate

We offer private pay at two levels. For fully independently credentialed therapists, the rate is $165. For fully licensed but not yet independent level therapists the rate is $59. In either case, we will connect you with an outstanding therapist suitable to your needs and wishes.

If I use my insurance, how much out of pocket will I pay?

Your responsibility will typically be in two areas.  First, is the co-payment associated with a visit which usually ranges between $15-$30. Second, is the deductible that your plan has for the year. This means that any combination of your medical or mental health visits up to that number is your responsibility to pay. For the most accurate answer to this question, we recommend contacting your insurance company directly. Coverage/copays can vary considerably from plan to plan, even under the umbrella of one insurance company, and we can’t know the details of each plan upfront. Also, if you have a deductible, we would not know where you are in terms of meeting that obligation for the current insurance year.

What types of therapy do your providers offer?

We offer a wide range of therapy approaches. A partial list includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprogramming (EMDR), Solution Focused Therapy, Emotional Freedom Therapy, Strengths-Based Therapy, Couples, and Family Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Drama Therapy, Sex Therapy, and Addictions Therapy. Please note, numerous studies have shown that the quality of the connection and relationship that you develop with your therapist, primarily around trust, empathy, and depth of understanding, is significantly more important than the particular therapeutic technique(s) used

What days and hours can I schedule appointments?

We seek to offer appointments seven days a week, both day and evening, for maximum convenience. However, this availability will vary from therapist to therapist. Please indicate your availability and preferred appointment times when you reach out.

How long do I have to be in therapy?

You are fully in charge of your therapy, and we will always respect that. It is worth understanding that therapy usually works best as a process rather than a very brief intervention. Developing trust, connection, and rapport with a therapist does not happen instantly. Generally, short-term therapy could be understood as 6-12 sessions, medium term up to 24, and beyond that would be long term. A lot depends on your goals for therapy and the range of issues that you would like to improve. It is best to think of it as an investment in your life and well-being. We also encourage you to discuss these questions directly with your therapist whenever they arise for you.

Beyond individual therapy, what else do you offer?

We currently offer a DBT skills group and hope to offer a range of additional groups in the coming months. In addition, we pledge to frequently post useful and significant insights and guides to improve your well-being on our website and on social media all free of charge.

Outside of therapy, is there anything else I can do to feel better?

Absolutely, therapy is only one tool of many that can make a significant difference in the quality of your life. Some others with clear and demonstrable positive impact include:
1. Prioritize for good sleep quality and amount.
2. Spend time outside every day and expose your eyes to natural sunlight (not just through windows but actually direct light). Ideally, get early morning and late afternoon light in your eyes, as well as this helps you to better align to your Circadian rythyms and improve sleep quality.
3. Exercise and stretch (walking, body stretching, yoga, bodyweight, and/or lifting weights).
4. Bring positivity to your personal interactions. Sharing a kind word of support and smile with friends or just someone in the grocery store on a regular basis is helpful to the giver.
5. Meditation or quiet, mindful contemplation and gratitude. Sitting still in quiet for 3-30 minutes on a regular basis, being still, and just paying attention to your unencumbered breathing can, over time, be very grounding and calming.
6. Be curious. There likely are many other pursuits that can be specifically helpful to you. Be open to new ideas.
7. When possible, cultivate optimism. Life is absolutely uncertain. Arguments can be made for optimism and pessimism. The difference is that optimism provides a higher degree of space for well-being and emotional strength. Seek to err on the side of positivity and optimism as often as possible.
8. Be kind to yourself. Challenge negative or hostile self-talk. All of us have dark sides, and all of us are highly imperfect beings. Seek to do good, but be kind to and forgiving of yourself when you fail to do so.
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