FAQs

We are out-of-network providers who offer an in-network experience. We accept out-of-network insurance with United Health Care, Aetna, Cigna, Wellfleet and Oxford. We will check your benefits, file your claims and handle all insurance paperwork on your behalf so you can devote your precious time and energy to therapy, not to insurance paperwork! Just like your in-network providers, we bill insurance for you and only charge you the copay once you've met your deductible.

WHAT WILL IT COST?

Sessions cost between $150 and $300 per 45 minute session, depending on the therapist you see. If finances are an issue and you do not have out of network insurance coverage, ask about our sliding scale. If you use out-of-network insurance, your copay will depend on the coinsurance set by your insurance company, typically between 20% and 50%. You may also have a deductible to pay before your insurance begins reimbursing. We will provide exact costs upfront before you commit to starting therapy, so there are no surprises.

HOW LONG WILL THERAPY TAKE?

The length of treatment in therapy is all up to you! You may begin to experience symptom relief within a few sessions, but research shows that the benefits of therapy usually occur within 4 to 6 months of consistent attendance.  Many clients commit to therapy longer-term for deeper work.

WHY DO I HAVE TO COMMIT TO WEEKY SESSIONS?

Therapy works best when it's "taken as prescribed," and that's at least once a week. We don't want to waste your time or money working on an "as needed" or less frequent basis. 

WHAT IS "MINDFULNESS-BASED" THERAPY?

Mindfulness means "paying attention on purpose, without judgement" and is a skill that research has shown to be helpful in reducing the symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression and addiction. Mindfulness also helps in coping with chronic pain, improves relationship quality, and increases our capacity to manage life's difficulties. Integrating mindfulness into therapy equips clients with an invaluable skill that provides a foundation and enhances all the challenging work of therapy.

BUT WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE TIME TO START MEDITATING?

Mindfulness can be enhanced with meditation, but meditation is not required to development non-judgmental awareness. Mindfulness is about noticing and paying attention to what's happening inside of you and around you with an attitude of curiosity. In therapy, you will learn informal mindfulness exercises that are easily integrated into your daily routines and other techniques to help you develop commitment, compassion and connection where it may be lacking. You will not be made to meditate unless you want to!

WHAT IS PSYCHEDELIC INTEGRATION?

Use of psychedelics as a "break-through" form of psychological exploration and healing has increased exponentially in recent years, in what many are referring to as a "psychedelic renaissance." At Sentient Psychotherapy, our therapists are trained in psychedelic preparation and integration for those clients who are planning to explore, or have already explored, psychedelics on their own, with a guide or facilitator, or as part of a clinical trial. Using psychedelics is a powerful, mind-altering tool that can disrupt one's experience of reality and self. A harm-reduction framework is one that provides support to individuals before and after to prepare for and integrate the experience. There are currently numerous scientific articles detailing the beneficial effects of Psilocybin, MDMA and Ketamine on treating PTSD, end-of-life anxiety, treatment-resistant depression, OCD, addiction and more. We DO NOT administer any psychedelic or psychoactive substances to anyone, nor refer clients to any person who administers or sells illegal substances.

CAN I TEXT MY THERAPIST IF I NEED TO TALK BETWEEN SESSIONS?

In today's world of instant connection via text and social media, it may seem old-fashioned or even unfair to not have immediate access to your therapist whenever you want. However, therapy is a special type of relationship that requires containment and confidentiality to be effective, safe and ethical. While some types of therapy allow high-risk clients to text their therapist in an emergency, this is not the kind of therapy we provide at Sentient Psychotherapy. We deeply value and respect the nature of the therapeutic relationship and firmly maintain the "therapeutic frame" as it protects both client and therapist to safely delve into complex psychological and emotional material in service of producing the highest therapeutic outcomes for our clients. 

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