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We are not physicians and therefore cannot prescribe medication. We have treated many individuals with very successful outcomes without medication. In some cases, however, medication can be a useful adjunct to treatment. If we decide after discussing it that medication is an option you would like to explore, we will either refer you to a psychiatrist colleague or coordinate your care with your primary care physician.

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We accept the following insurance:

  • Aetna
  • Blue Care Network
  • Blue Cross / Blue Shield Anthem
  • Blue Cross / Blue Shield Chrysler
  • Blue Cross / Blue Shield Federal Employee Program
  • Blue Cross / Blue Shield Messa
  • Blue Cross / Blue Shield PPO
  • Blue Cross / Blue Shield UAW
  • Blue Cross / Blue Shield Value Options
  • Cigna
  • Cofinity
  • HAP
  • Health Plus PPO
  • Medicare
  • United Behavioral Health

We currently are unable to accept Medicaid.  Medicaid subscribers should call (800) 231-1127 in order to access their mental health benefits.

We will accept any insurance plan that will pay our claims.  To see if we can bill your insurance, submit the Verify Your Insurance form on this page or call us at (800) 693-1916.

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While most insurance companies will state that they do not cover marriage counseling, what is meant is that they do not cover relationship enhancement; that is, therapy that is solely intended to improve communication or enhance the quality of the marital relationship. However, in most cases, simple marital enhancement is not enough for couples in distress. Indeed, most frequently at least one, and sometimes both members of the couple are suffering deeply as a result of the tension, conflict, and emotional alienation that so often characterizes marital distress. In cases such as these, counseling that is aimed at relieving this suffering by addressing the source of the problem, the conflicted marital relationship, can be billed to and paid for using the mental health benefits included in most health insurance plans. When this is not the case (both partners are free of any emotional distress arising out of the marital problem), the couple can pay out of pocket without using insurance. Many therapists at Great Lakes Psychology Group are willing to negotiate an out of pocket cash rate that is affordable.

If you are interested in couples counseling but are concerned about your insurance coverage, the first step is to determine whether your health benefits include coverage for counseling. You can reach our insurance specialists at (800) 693-1916, via chat on our website at www.glpg.net, or by completing this form. Once it is determined that you have coverage for counseling, we recommend that you meet with one of our marriage counselors for an evaluation, after which your counselor will review your insurance coverage and address any other questions or concerns.

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Visitors to our office often express confusion over the differences between a psychiatrist and a psychologist.  While the two may sound very similar, they are actually very different in terms of professional training and areas of clinical focus.

Psychiatrists, simply stated, are physicians.  They are trained in medical schools and receive the same training as any other doctor.  After completing their medical training, they go on to complete advanced training in psychiatry including how to help individuals with emotional suffering by prescribing medications such as anti-depressants and anxiolytics (anti-anxiety medicines).  While some psychiatrists may provide counseling and psychotherapy to their patients, more and more psychiatrists limit their practices to the prescription of psychotropic (mood altering) medications.

Psychologists, on the other hand, are not physicians.  Their training is usually in university departments of psychology and focuses on human development, emotion, socialization, and the utilization of various forms of psychotherapy in helping individuals, couples, and families overcome depression, anxiety, interpersonal conflict and other forms of emotional suffering.  Psychologist also typically receive extensive training in the administration and interpretation of psychological tests for the purpose of diagnosing and treating psychological and emotional problems.  Most psychologist are also experts in the design and interpretation of research using advanced statistical and scientific methods to study human behavior and emotional suffering.

Psychologists and psychiatrists usually work closely together in treating individuals by coordinating medication therapy (psychiatrist) and talk therapy (psychologist) in order to offer each individual the most therapeutic benefit.  Research has shown repeatedly that this approach of combining medicine and talk therapy is in many cases more beneficial than either approach in isolation.

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All sessions are 45 to 50 minutes unless other arrangements are made in advance.

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Each of us is trained and experienced in all of the major schools of psychotherapy: psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and existential-humanistic. Research has demonstrated that no single approach is superior, and we endeavor to utilize whichever methods we believe will be most beneficial to each patient. Whenever possible, preference is given to methods that have received scientific support for the treatment of a particular problem, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy for the treatment of depression.

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The decision whether to seek therapy can be frightening and confusing. Questions such as “Can I share my most private thoughts, feelings, and concerns with a stranger?”, “Will he think I’m crazy”, and “Will he be able to help?” are common.  Most people pursue therapy when they feel that they have exhausted all other options in resolving their problems.  In my experience, most people wait much too long.  If you have had ongoing emotional problems, problems in relationships, or engage in behaviors that trouble you or are self-destructive, I would encourage you to contact me for an evaluation.  At the completion of my evaluation,  I will offer a professional assessment as to whether therapy is warranted and might be reasonably expected to address your concerns.

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Therapy is a deeply personal talking process in which an individual discusses his or her problems with a trained and licensed professional. There are many different approaches to and theories about how therapy should be practiced, and therefore it is very important that you feel comfortable that there is a “good match” between you and your therapist.

We conduct one or two consultation visits with new patients to allow us the opportunity to get to know one another and to gather the information we need about your history, present circumstances, and goals. This initial consultation also allows the individual (or couple or family) to become familiar with our approach and determine whether we are going to be able to help. At the end of the consultation, we offer our impressions, recommendations, and treatment plan.

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