Should I use my insurance benefits?
First and foremost, we believe that your goals are best achieved when a plan is tailored to your specific needs according to you and your therapist. Inviting a third party payer into the relationship burdens you because they begin dictating the course of treatment with what the insurance company (not a licensed professional) deems to best practice for what they assume is your situation. The insurance company decides how many sessions you are allowed to have, who the provider may be, and what course of action is allowed to be taken. This removes the power you have as an individual seeking counseling. In most circumstances an insurance company will require an official DSM diagnosis to allow you to qualify for your mental/emotional health benefits in your plan. The diagnosis can be a hindrance to you in several ways. Primarily, it would likely become a part of your permanent medical record and may disqualify you for future benefits. This could also make your insurance rates go up, and may affect future employment opportunities. Also, it limits what we can keep confidential when these things are added to your permanent health records. In addition to this, often times clients feel limited by a diagnosis due to the appearance of permanency many diagnoses carry and stigmas attached to various diagnoses. Limiting you, disrupting confidentiality, and hurting your future potential is counterproductive to the treatment process and opposite of the goal of therapy from the starting blocks. Many clients have reported being harmed by the insurance process in their therapy efforts, noticing they were not allowed to qualify for treatment long enough to produce lasting results or were not allowed to direct the course of treatment with insurance involved. For these reasons we choose to perform for you with a therapy process at an unhindered level and give the best service without all the roadblocks and red tape managed care requires.