How long will I need to attend therapy?
While there is no “magic” number of sessions, many clients report a decrease in symptoms after 3-4 sessions. Research shows clients experience lasting change after 12-16 sessions. Because every client and every situation is unique it is helpful to discuss the process and what you can expect with your therapist. We do recommend meeting with your therapist once per week, especially in the beginning, so your therapist can get to know you and help you develop a plan to meet your counseling goals.
What happens in the first session?
Your therapist will go over information from the electronic paperwork you completed and ask you questions to help her get to know you and your situation. During the session you will have the opportunity to discuss your reasons for seeking counseling and your goals for treatment. The therapist may ask you more questions to get a better understanding of your symptoms. The initial session will also provide you the opportunity to ask your therapist any questions.
How much is therapy and do you accept insurance?
Counseling sessions are 45-60 minutes in length. 60 minute sessions are $129 and 45 minute sessions are $99. We accept debit, credit and FSA/HSA cards for payment. Modern Mom Online is private pay (meaning we are not an in-network provider with insurance plans). We are able to provide you with a superbill if you have out-of-network benefits and wish to be reimbursed by your insurance company. We do not contract with insurance companies because we believe clients and their therapist should dictate treatment options—not insurance companies.
Some of the benefits of private pay include:
- Your counselor does NOT have to diagnose you with a mental illness. In order to file a claim with insurance companies therapists are required to include a mental health diagnosis. The therapist must document that therapy is "medically necessary" and that your sessions focus on decreasing symptoms of the diagnosis. As a private pay client, you have the freedom to discuss any concern you would like including issues not related to a mental health diagnosis like parenting struggles or concerns about your relationship. When you use your mental health benefits through an insurance company you are consenting to allow the insurance company to audit the therapist and review your file including progress notes. In addition, private pay clients are not limited to a certain number of sessions per year.
- Your personal information stays private. When you are a private pay client your sessions are confidential (unless your counselor is mandated to break confidentiality because of legal or ethical concerns such as disclosing a child is being abused). When you bill insurance your mental health diagnosis and progress notes become a part of your permanent health record. Insurance companies can use this information against you if they choose by preventing you from obtaining life or disability insurance. It could also prevent you from obtaining private health insurance should you make the decision to become self-employed in the future.
Do you offer a sliding scale if I can’t afford your full rate?
Because our mission at Modern Mom Online is to make maternal mental health care accessible, we offer a limited number of spots at reduced rates to clients based on financial hardship. We also partner with corporations to offer maternal mental health benefits to their employees. If you are interested in your employer offering our benefits ask your HR representative to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What type of training do your therapists have?
Our counselors are all Master’s level therapists who are hold a state license to provide counseling. Therapists are required by their licensing board to complete continuing education units (CEUs) each year. In addition, the therapists at Modern Mom Online have completed specialized training through Postpartum Support International (or equivalent) to diagnose and treat pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders. Many of our clinicians also have training in perinatal loss and grief. We do not have any providers who are able to provide medications but can help you connect to a local psychiatrist with experience in perinatal mood disorders.