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Barbara Gold

LCSW, LMFT, CST 

Compassion, Empathy and Emotional Healing 

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Why Therapy?

There are times in all of our lives during which we experience distress and unhappiness. As we attempt to sort and work through these challenges, it is often necessary, or at least helpful, to have someone who can help us navigate those rough seas to arrive safely upon sturdier ground, bringing with us new and better tools to use once we are there.

How Does Therapy Work?

Therapy is a process of identifying goals and their obstacles, examining emotional, intellectual and behavioral patterns

which interfere with reaching those goals and making conscious what has been out of our awareness. We are then able to heal past wounds and better understand ourselves in order to move forward and make positive changes in ourselves and our lives.

APPOINTMENTS AND FEES

During the pandemic, I have and continue to see clients via teletherapy on a HIPAA compliant platform.

What do I need at the first appointment?

Are you in network with my insurance company?

I am out-of-network with all insurance carriers. To determine if you are eligible for out-of-network coverage, you will need to ask your insurance company the following questions:

1) Do you have mental (behavioral) health benefits?

2) If so, are you covered for out of network providers and at what rate?

3) Do you have a separate medical and behavioral health deductible?

4) How much of the deductible have you met?

5) Is there a yearly or lifetime maximum benefit?

Depending upon your plan, many insurance companies pay a significant portion of the fee for out-of-network mental (behavioral) health providers. 

What is the length of the appointment?

I offer both 45 and 60 minute sessions. For the first session, you may wish to request an hour session or longer.

How frequent are the appointments?

Weekly sessions are usually optimum, although this may vary based upon need.

What is the payment policy?

Preferred methods of payment are Zelle, Venmo and check. (Special arrangements can be made if necessary for credit card payments) and are due and payable at the time of each visit.

What is your cancellation policy?

Twenty-four hours is the required notice for a cancellation. If twenty-four hours notice is not given, a cancellation fee for the alloted time will be charged.

Do you prescribe medication?

Only a medical doctor can prescribe medication. If there is a need

for an evaluation for medication, this will be discussed, and the

appropriate referral will be made.

Do you accept Medicare and Medicaid?

Not at present.