How long will recovery take?
Your recovery path is in your hands. There is no set rule for how long therapy takes. Specifically, recovery paths are highly personalized. They are developed by you with professional support based on your needs and goals. Recovery is characterized as continual growth and increased functioning. Your recovery is about your whole person, or relationship and includes overall wellbeing, including, mind, body, spirit, and community. The length of time for therapy is determined by how you feel and when you are ready to stop. Sometimes people work on an issue and stop for a while, then returning another time. As people grow, different issue can come up. Generally, your therapist and you make this decision together, planning an exit strategy. For instance, you may come every week, then bi monthly, then monthly, then ending. Visit SAMHSA’s Recovery Support Initiative for more information on recovery.
How do I explain I am going to therapy to others?
Normalizing the need to seek professional mental health support to others may seem awkward. And, for good reason. Family members and cultures, bosses, and many community leaders may support “stigma”. The following scenario may help answer the question, “What is stigma?” Imagine you have breast cancer. Now imagine that instead of NFL football players supporting your illness by wearing sneakers with pink cleats and pink logos on their jerseys, society blames you for your illness. Imagine others looking at you with accusing eyes and whispering about you behind your back when they find out you have breast cancer. Imagine feeling fearful of seeking proper medical help because you’re afraid you’ll lose your job if anyone finds out about it. Yes, this is a real concern, but one that must be overcome. You are under no obligation to inform anyone of your choice to seek professional support for your health. Finding language to inform others of positive health choices is generally a decision made in therapy indicating personal growth. Many organizations work to overcome roadblocks for removing stigma, like Healthy Place.com.
Can I recovery myself?
Yes, you certainly can! This is exactly the idea. The more you invest into your own recovery plan, the more emotional relief you will achieve. The thing is, however, professionals generally know the resources to aid your recovery and what questions to ask you. For you to gain insight into your personal concerns, recovery is enhanced by reflecting on these questions to help you find answers, growth, well-being, and peace. Visit National Alliance on Mental Health to learn more.
Will I appear weak if coming to ask for help?
On the contrary, people asking for help are brave and demonstrate knowing they can grow, heal, and thrive. They are interested in self- improvement, self-care, and demonstrating positive role modeling for others. People seeking emotional support are very smart and are seeking answers. Learn more.
What can I expect?
The first step is to contact me via confidential phone at 443-398-1700 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org. After establishing a time for the first visit, time will be spent talking about your concerns and obtaining relevant information to guide your treatment planning for an efficient and effective goal. You do not need to share anything you are uncomfortable talking about, but the more shared the faster the relief. Always, however, the pace is yours. The Space provides comfortable and private counseling.
Is my privacy protected?
Privacy concerns are of utmost importance to the point of state and federal governance. We have all signed the forms at the doctor’s office wondering where they end up. Your information will be held in a confidential electronic health system or in a locked cabinet. Beyond this, every possible measure is taken to protect your privacy including not scheduling people too close together for seating in the waiting room. At times, this, of course, it is bound to happen. You will be given a form which explains when, and only when, your confidential information can be expressed. Learn more.
What insurances do you take?
We accept Insurance from Aetna, Carefirst, Cigna, BlueCrossBlueShield as well as all out-of-network providers.
Do you schedule appointments outside of typical work hours?
Evening and Saturday hours are available.
What are my payment options?
The Space Between is an out-of-network provider. This does not mean you cannot use your insurance. Unfortunately, many insurance companies do not want you to know of this feature because it allows for an optional standard of care. Moreover, this method of payment gives way to other payment options. Out-of-network simply means you submit a superbill and you are reimbursed, less your copayment, which is standard. A standard form is used and can be submitted as the superbill.
As for other payment options, many times people do not realize if they use their insurance there must be diagnosis given to submit the claim. There are many cases where people may still lose their jobs because of fearing consequences of a mental health concern, and there are times when people do not want their spouse or partner to know they are in treatment, or just do not want to be given a diagnosis. This said, The Space Between offers many payment options:
- Health Saving Plans
- Flex Payments
- American Express
- Master Card
- Generic Gift Cards