Frequently Asked Questions
Do you prescribe medication?
No, we do not. However, in cases where medication is necessary for treatment, we have preferred psychiatrists we coordinate care with in order to get you the help you need as soon as possible.
What’s the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?
While both psychiatrists and psychologists understand how the brain works in order to treat and diagnose mental illness, there are a few key differences between them.
Psychiatrists are medical doctors who are able to prescribe medication, treat complex mental conditions, and require a referral.
Psychologists are licensed professionals at either the doctoral or master’s level, diagnose and treat emotional and behavioral disorders, and do not require a referral.
How long are the sessions?
Our average session length is 55 minutes.
What is your approach?
Every GLPG therapist 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 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.
How do I know if I need therapy?
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 they think I’m crazy”, and “Will they be able to help?” are common. Most people pursue therapy when they feel that they have exhausted all other options in resolving their problems. Most often, people wait much too long. If you’ve had ongoing emotional problems, problems in relationships, or engage in behaviors that trouble you or are self-destructive, we recommend scheduling an evaluation.
What is psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a highly confidential and deeply personal process in which an individual discusses his or her problems with a trained and licensed therapist. Then, based on the individual’s problems, unique psychological methods are practiced by the therapist to help the individual overcome them and reach their desired goal.
Billing & Insurance
Which insurance plans do you accept?
We accept most major insurances. To see our full list, access our Accepted Insurance page here.
Does insurance cover marriage counseling?
In most cases, marriage counseling can be billed to and paid for using the mental health benefits included in most health insurance plans. When this is not the case, the couple can pay out-of-pocket without using insurance. Many therapists at Great Lakes Psychology Group are willing to negotiate out-of-pocket pay rates.
What can I expect?
After scheduling an appointment, you will receive an email providing you with the:
- Date and time of your session
- Forms you will need to fill out in advance
- Billing and payment information
- Directions to our office
- How to check in
What forms do I need to fill out?
All new patient forms can be found on the New Patients page here.
How do I schedule another appointment?
Additional appointments can be scheduled with your therapist. At the end of your first appointment, you can decide whether you’d like to set a repeating session date or schedule each session as you go.
Can I provide feedback on my experience?
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