FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do I know if therapy is right for me?
All people face challenges in their life. Some feel more comfortable than others talking about those challenges. We offer a safe, nonjudgmental space to work through obstacles with support from a professional who is able to provide effective therapeutic approaches, insight, and self-development support.
Why choose CWW?
CWW was founded with the mission of providing high-quality, effective, specialized clinical services to women and adolescent girls. As specialists, we offer a unique capability and clinical skill-set to our clients. Clients who choose CWW do so because from the moment they walk through the door, their needs are met with an expertise and knowledge-base that may not be found with other general clinical practices. CWW providers also offer specialized clinical skills that apply beyond sex and gender. CWW providers have clinical specialties in areas such as mood & anxiety, health/psychosocial oncology, school-based mental health, domestic abuse, suicidality, self-harming behaviors, and family/couples systems.
What is the difference between a psychologist and professional counselor?
There is often an overlap in services provided by a psychologist and professional counselor. The primary difference between them is education and training. Clinical and Counseling Psychologists hold advanced degrees (Masters and Doctorate) in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. Education usually spans 5-8 years of graduate work including 1-2 years of clinical training and often 1-2 years post-doctoral training. In addition, psychologists are trained in psychological testing. Counselors usually hold a Master's level graduate degree and require 1-2 years of post-graduate training. Counselor education has less emphasis on chronic mental health issues and more on developing personal and interpersonal function.
Do you provide therapy to men and/or teenage boys?
Although we specialize in working with women and adolescent girls, CWW also provides services to men and teen boys due to the specialized skill sets of our individual providers. Men and boys are also often encouraged to join sessions in an effort to support their partners, spouses, and family. Additionally, as gender is a self-identification, some adult and adolescent males may hold a woman or girl gender identity and choose to seek services from us to benefit from our specialization.
What is empirically-validated/research-based therapy?
Empirically-validated or research-based therapy are approaches that have been shown in research studies to work (efficacious) and shown to work in the real world (effective) with real people. Simply put, therapy approaches are they ways in which a provider helps clients reach their goals. CWW providers employ a variety of empirically-validated therapies and based on client needs and goals, accommodate clients with the most appropriate therapeutic approach.
Ho do I schedule an appointment?
New clients may call our office or complete the inquiry form, both found by clicking on Appointments above. Contacts are responded to the same business day. Existing clients may schedule appointments in office or by calling our office directly.
Do you accept insurance?
Yes. Although insurance acceptance among providers may vary, CWW currently accepts:
Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield
Oscar Health Plan
United Behavioral Health & United Healthcare
If you plan to use insurance for services, CWW will collect your insurance information prior to your first appointment to verify your insurance carrier will provide coverage for CWW services. If you plan to use your Out-of-Network benefits, CWW will be happy to provide a Statement for Insurance Reimbursement for which you may submit to your insurance company directly. Please check with your insurance company to better understand your Out-of-Network benefits.
How much are individual, couples and family sessions.
Please contact us to learn more about the fee schedule for services.
What should I expect in my first appointment?
For both adults and teens, the initial appointment is 60 minutes.
For adults, after initial paperwork is reviewed, the remainder of the time is spent gathering information about what prompted the appointment and developing an initial plan of how we can help.
For teens, after initial paperwork is reviewed, the session may include time with the teenage client and parent/parents as well as one-on-one time with the teenage client. The end of the session will include a consultation with the client and parent/parents to discuss next steps.
How long are sessions and how frequently would I meet?
Therapeutic sessions typically range from 45 minutes to 60 minutes. Frequency of appointments varies from client to client. Recommendations for frequency of appointments will be made by your provider toward the end of the initial meeting.
How long does therapy take?
Time in therapy varies from client to client. Sometimes, clients need only one or two sessions before they feel better equipped to manage their challenges while others may experience more chronic obstacles that require longer-term therapy. Treatment goals and reasons for seeking services are primary factors in determining treatment length.
Can I bring my infant/young child to my sessions with me?
Unless therapeutically warranted, it is ideal for clients to attend sessions without their infants/young children. This allows for better focus in session and freedom to explore issues with genuine language. However, CWW never wants a lack of childcare to be an obstacle to healing and support. Clients are welcome to bring infants to sessions if childcare is not available or if not bringing them poses emotional or logistical inconvenience to the parent. Clients may use any available CWW space for lactation, feeding, pumping, and/or tending to the needs of their infant.
Do you prescribe medication?
No. As psychologists and independent social workers, CWW providers do not prescribe medication. However, many clients who seek services may be experiencing significant symptoms that would be greatly reduced with medication. CWW providers, if warranted and after thoughtful discussion with you, will refer you to a psychiatrist (a medical doctor) or to your primary care physician for a medication consultation.
If your questions were not answered here, we welcome you to call our office to get your questions answered.
“When you are ready, we are here.”