I am a prominent person in my community, how can I maintain my privacy?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client. However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:
Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the police.
If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure his or her safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.
How long will my therapy take?
The length of therapy is based on a number of factors: diagnosis, severity of the symptoms, your commitment, means of payment, just to name a few. Effective counseling is a two way street. It takes a cooperative effort by both the person receiving counseling and the counselor. And it takes a personal commitment to make sometimes difficult changes in behavior or thinking patterns. What you expect to achieve with your counselor should be clearly defined as you begin your counseling. You and your counselor should discuss realistic time frames for reaching your goals and agree on how you will measure your progress.
What if I don’t like my therapist?
You’re not always going to like your psychotherapist. In fact, most people go through phases during the psychotherapy process where their admiration and liking for their therapist will wax and wane. This can be based upon a number of factors, such as the type or difficulty of the material being addressed in therapy, the amount of stress you or the therapist may be experiencing, or something else altogether. These changing feelings toward one’s therapist are a normal part of the therapeutic process. It’s important that you and your counselor establish a good relationship that allows you to be completely honest about your thoughts and feelings. Often, this requires an elusive “chemistry” between both of you in which you feel comfortable with your counselor’s personality, approach and style. If after the first few sessions you don’t feel this chemistry, look for another counselor with whom you feel more comfortable.
Will I be treated by a Psychiatrist?
CBT Therapists are all Licensed Master Social Workers (LMSWs), who provide treatment. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor and the only professional that specializes in mental health care and can prescribe medications. Most psychiatrists focus on prescribing the appropriate medication that’s going to work best for that individual and their concerns; a few also do psychotherapy. If your assigned therapist determines that you will need a psychiatric evaluation or medication review, a referral will be made to an affiliate psychiatrist or a psychiatrist that participates with your insurance or behavioral health care panel.
Do you accept insurance?
Center of Behavioral Therapy (CBT) contracts with and is credentialed by various insurance companies and behavioral health care panels. Services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan. The Center of Behavioral Therapy will check your benefit information and a tentative co-payment will be discussed with you. CBT takes care of all insurance billing. As long as your insurance company pays the claim, you will only be responsible for paying the co-payment. If, for any reason, the insurance company does not pay a claim, you will be responsible for the full fee. Insurance products are often under various names, and contracts are constantly changing. Please call the clinic 313-592-1765 and the receptionist will help you to determine if treatment will be covered by your insurance. Cash, check, and major credit cards are also accepted as payment and co-payment for services and must be provided on the day of the service.