Frequently Asked Questions
Do you take insurance?
Insurance can be confusing and a bit tricky. It is vital that we call to verify benefits before you come in and that you do the same. Some plans do not have mental health benefits, others may have a “carve out” in which the insurance card says “Aetna,” but the mental health benefits are covered by another company. Each insurance policy is determined by the insurance company and the employing company that purchases the policy. The Center does not choose your co-payment. That is determined by your insurance policy. We will work with you to understand your policy and to know your benefits before the first session so that there are no unpleasant surprises or unexpected bills for you.
I have a very busy schedule, are your hours flexible?
Yes, the Center offers day, evening, and weekend appointments in order to meet our clients’ work, school, and life schedules.
How do I make an appointment?
Contact the Center at 610-878-9330 and Ali, Deb or Sandi will be happy to assist you in making an appointment. If you leave a message on our confidential voicemail box, please leave your telephone number and name and you will receive a prompt call back.
What's the difference between a psychiatrist, psychologist, and counselor?
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in mental health disorders. A psychiatrist prescribes medication to help alleviate mental health symptoms. A psychologist is someone with a doctorate degree in psychology who works to alleviate symptoms using talk therapy. The term psychologist is protected so that anyone using the title psychologist MUST have appropriate training. A counselor or therapist is usually someone with a master’s degree in social work or a related counseling field. There are many wonderful therapists and counselors. However, because the term therapist or counselor is unregulated, anyone can call themselves a counselor. It is important that you check the credentials and training of any therapist or counselor you may be working with.
What do all the letters mean?
- Ph.D: Doctor of Philosophy. This degree is the most traditional degree for a psychologist.
- Psy.D: Doctor of Psychology. This degree is similar to a Ph.D., but the training is focused more on direct client care than on research.
- MA: Masters degree. In most cases, a person with this degree is a therapist or counselor.
- MSW: Masters of Social Work. This degree typically focuses ways to intervene directly and identify specific solutions to specific problems. Often it is connected to social service roles.
- CAC: Certified Addictions Counselor.
- LMFT: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist: A psychologist or counselor with a specialty in working with families.
Why does The Center charge for missed appointments?
While it is important to keep your appointments or give us 24 hour notice if you must cancel, we also understand that unexpected things happen in life. You will never be charged for a session because of an illness, accident, or other unavoidable mishaps.