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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION

DO YOU OFFER SLIDING SCALE RATES?

Yes. Some of our therapists are able to accept sliding scale fees. Fees typically range from $60-100.

HOW LONG DOES EACH THERAPY SESSION TAKE?

Generally, sessions last from 50-60 minutes. However, 90 minute, 45 minute and 30 minute sessions are available.

WHAT KIND OF TECHNIQUES DO YOU USE?

Our therapists use a range of brief and traditional therapeutic styles and techniques that are evidence-based.  These styles include psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, systems and more. Please click here for staff biographies to get a better idea of how our clinicians approach therapy. 

HOW CAN THERAPY HELP ME?

A number of benefits are available from participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as behavioral issues for children, parenting support, relationship troubles, depression, anxiety, unresolved childhood issues, grief and loss, stress management, and creative blocks. Many people also find that therapists can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:

  

  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values

  • Developing skills for improving your relationships

  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy

  • Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety

  • Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures

  • Improving communications and listening skills

  • Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones

  • Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage

  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence

WHY DO PEOPLE TYPICALLY GO TO THERAPY?

People have many different motivations for coming to psychotherapy. Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.). Others may not be handling stressful circumstances as well as they would like. Some would like assistance managing a range of other issues such as relationship problems, parenting, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, and creative blocks.  Therapy can help provide answers to burning questions, some much needed encouragement, and help with skills to get them through these periods. Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life.

WHAT IS THERAPY TYPICALLY LIKE?

Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, it will be different depending on the individual, couple, or family.  In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development.  Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly).


It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process.  The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life.  Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process - such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors, or taking action on your goals. Those who make the most progress in psychotherapy are ready to make positive changes, are open to new perspectives, and take responsibility for their lives.  

WHAT ABOUT PSYCHOTHERAPY VS MEDICATION? PSYCHIATRIST VS PSYCHOLOGIST?

It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. Working with your medical doctor or psychiatrist (who prescribe medication) you can determine what's best for you, and in some cases a combination of medication (psychiatrist or PCP) and therapy (psychologist or counselor) is the right course of action. If you are interested in a combination of therapy and medication, we recommend collaboration between a psychologist or counselor for therapy and your PCP or psychiatrist for medication.

HOW MUCH DOES AN APPOINTMENT COST AND CAN I USE INSURANCE TO COVER THIS?

Prices vary based on type of service provided and insurance provider. If you are using any of the insurances listed below, your typical expense will be your copay (usually listed on your insurance card). However, sometimes insurances require their members to pay the full fee of sessions until their deductibles are satisfied. If you have questions about this, please call to inquire. Currently accepting the following insurances:

  • BlueCross BlueShield PPO

  • Cigna PPO

  • Medicare

email info@thrivepschservices.com to inquire.

 

Phone: (773) 570-2461

Fax: 872-813-4223

5113 S. Harper, Sutie 2C 
Chicago, Illinois, 60615

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