In the pursuit of mental health, we know that some issues may require a combination of therapy and medication for treatment. To meet this need, we offer psychiatric services in addition to a range of psychotherapy options.
How to Know When You Should See a Psychiatrist
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in mental health care. Psychiatrists assess both the mental and physical aspects of psychological problems.
If you currently use or are considering medication as a treatment option, you should schedule a visit with one of our psychiatrists. The psychiatrist will provide careful evaluation and make a recommendation regarding medication. In addition, your psychiatrist may recommend psychotherapy as part of your treatment.
Your therapist may also recommend visiting a psychiatrist to explore adding medication to your treatment plan. This recommendation might follow a thorough neuropsychological assessment. Our therapists and psychiatrists work collaboratively to provide you with the best care possible.
What to Expect When Partnering with The Family Institute
Your initial evaluation with one of our psychiatrists will typically consist of two 60-minute visits. During your first visit, you will review information from various sources, including schools, therapists, medical records and family members, with your psychiatrist. During your second visit, your psychiatrist will discuss diagnostic impressions and a treatment plan with you and/or your child/adolescent. Sometimes an additional visit (30-60 minutes) will be scheduled to get started on the treatment plan.
Follow up visits will be scheduled as necessary and are typically 30 minutes long. Supportive psychotherapy and psycho-education are embedded within visits with our psychiatrists. Your psychiatrist may recommend psychotherapy so that the treatment plan can be effectively implemented.
Our doctors are board certified in psychiatry and work with you and your therapist to develop a treatment plan to whole health.
Cost and Payment Options
Our therapy service costs range from $140 to $255 per session depending on therapist and/or type of therapy. Our psychiatry service costs range from $200 to $400 per session, depending on the type of appointment and complexity of the case. When you call for an appointment we can discuss payment options.
Some, not all, therapists at The Family Institute are in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield (PPO) and Medicare. Insurance coverage is indicated on biography pages for individual therapists. Before your first session, we recommend that you check with your insurance provider about coverage for behavioral health services.
If your health insurance is not through BCBS PPO or Medicare or if your therapist does not accept that insurance, your sessions are considered “out-of-network” and you are responsible for full payment. Depending on your insurance, we can either submit a claim on your behalf or provide you with necessary documentation so you can utilize your out-of-network insurance benefits. We encourage you to contact your health insurance provider and learn more about your out-of-network benefits for behavioral health.
Health Savings Account (HSA)/Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Health Savings and Flexible Spending Accounts allow individuals to determine the amount they want to deduct from their paycheck to contribute to their account. Because the funds are deposited into the HSA or FSA on a pre-tax basis, individuals reduce their tax liability. The funds may be used for qualifying medical expenses, which includes services offered at The Family Institute. We encourage you to check with your employer as you may have access to one or both options.
You can also pay The Family Institute for services directly. We accept most credit card payments i.e. Visa, Mastercard, Discover & American Express, as well as check and cash.
We are committed to helping regardless of the ability to pay. Through the Bette D. Harris Family & Child Clinic located within each of our four locations, therapists-in-training provide services on a sliding fee scale. Our staff therapists provide ongoing supervision and regular consultation.
What to Expect from Your Therapy Session
After you meet with your therapist, together, you will start to determine the course of your care. Very often, clients want to know the number of appointments they should expect. This is not a question that can be answered readily at the outset of therapy, but you and your therapist will talk about this.
New Client Forms
We request the standard 24-hour notice to cancel an appointment. This amount of notice could help another client get an appointment. If 24-hours’ notice is not given, or you miss an appointment, you may be charged the full-fee for your session. This “no show” fee is not covered by insurance.
Please note that 5 business days’ notice is required to cancel an appointment for neuropsychological assessment. If 5 days’ notice is not given or you miss a neuropsychological assessment appointment, you will be charged $330.