What is Psychotherapy?

People are sometimes confused about what psychotherapy or working with a Psychologist actually entails. While it’s true that one’s experience can differ based on the type of therapy, the style or approach of the therapist, and the focus of treatment, the overall goal of therapy is to reduce distress and build coping skills. In the process, many folks tend to gain new insights about themselves, their pasts, and their behaviors. Think of it like school, except the lesson you are learning is about yourself. If there’s anything in your life that you’d like to improve or change, then therapy can be a great way to work on that.

Still have general questions about therapy? Feel free to download this Psychotherapy FAQs Sheet.

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT AS OF 06/19/2020, I AM ON WAIT LIST STATUS FOR NEW CLIENTS. If you would like to be placed on the wait list, please use this link to send me your name and contact information: wait list request form. I will respond as soon as I'm able with an estimate of my soonest availability to take new clients. Of note, your request to be added to the wait list does not constitute the beginning of a professional treatment relationship.

Interested in a brief (10 min) complimentary phone consultation? If you are still "shopping around" or want to ask a few key questions before booking, a short consultation can help. Use the contact form or send me an email so we can schedule a time to talk more over the phone about what you're looking for from this experience and determine if we're a "good fit". Don't forget to include a good contact number. Again, your participation in a consultation does not constitute the beginning of a professional treatment relationship.

Ready to schedule? Click here to access to my practice portal and request an appointment. I'll send you intake forms (including insurance and payment information) to fill out through the portal once I have your information. Please await a confirmation email, confirming that your requested appointment time is still available. Established clients can also send secure messages through the portal.

Dr. Andrews is also proud member of the Therapy for Black Girls DirectoryThe TBG Podcast has a wealth of information about various psychology-related topics as well. Give it a listen if you’re interested in mental health related topics and love a good “poddie”.

Fees & Insurance

For interested clients who wish to pay directly for psychotherapy services, the hourly rates are $175 for the initial session (consisting of a diagnostic evaluation and treatment planning) and $125 for all following therapy sessions (the sessions in which you learn skills, as mentioned above). Payment is due in full at the time of service. A credit card is required on file to reserve your initial session time. Credit cards as well as Health Savings Account (HSA) or Flexible Spending Account (FSA) cards are accepted for service payments. You should check with your provider to ensure that you can use your HSA/FSA card for therapy before you use it for services. Interested in learning more about HSAs/FSAs and therapy? This link may be particularly helpful.

For interested clients who have health insuranceDr. Andrews is currently in-network with the providers displayed. Please speak with your coverage provider for the specifics of your behavioral health coverage.

For interested clients with insurance providers other than those listed, I am considered out-of-network. What this means is that I can still accept you as a private pay client and (if your plan offers this) you can request out-of-network reimbursement directly to you from your insurance provider. You’ll need to contact your insurance company to see whether your plan offers out-of-network benefits that would cover a percentage of the service fee. If they do, I will provide you with the detailed documentation that you will need to request repayment from your insurance provider after services are rendered.

Have more questions about using your insurance for psychotherapy? Download this brief information sheet with FAQs and a guide to help you talk to your insurance provider about your coverage.

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