Individual therapy includes treatment for mental health symptoms (e.g., anxiety, depression) as well as exploration of patterns of behavior. Individual therapy is often the treatment of choice for diagnosable mental health conditions, but you don't have to wait until you are experiencing serious distress to work through some of your "stuff."
Psychological Assessment or Evaluation is a service that is often requested when someone wants or needs a better understanding of their functioning. Evaluations can help to clarify complicated diagnoses, identify learning disorders and ADHD, and answer specific questions that someone has about themselves.
Some groups are therapeutic and others are skills based (e.g., sport psychology). Groups are great for learning new skills and getting support from peers in the process. See the groups page for more information about current group options. If you don't see what you're looking for, suggest a group topic!
This practice does not take health insurance directly. Providers at this practice may work with other agencies that do take health insurance (e.g., Headway, Sondermind). If you are hoping to use insurance, please read the information below and look for the provider you'd like to work with through the websites of those other practices (e.g., Headway, Sondermind) and make a request there. If you cannot find the provider on those sites, it is likely that their slots are full at those businesses. You are welcome to call this agency directly and ask to be notified when the provider has slots available through those other businesses. You might also consider working with Action Potential Behavioral Health and Sport Psychology directly and requesting a "superbill" that you can submit to your insurance company directly to request reimbursement for yourself.
Health Insurers do NOT cover services that are not "medically necessary," including health coaching, career counseling, and sport psychology. They also do not cover services that are meant to help you with insight or optimal performance. Once your symptoms are reduced, Health Insurance also will not cover your services. Psychological testing/ evaluation/ assessment at this practice cannot be submitted to health insurance plans under any circumstances.
What are the advantages and disadvantages to using health insurance?
The biggest advantage to using your health insurance is that you can make progress toward paying your deductible. Health insurance will not cover therapy if there are no mental health conditions present, so if you are seeking personal insight or performance optimization, you will not be able to use your health insurance to pay for services. Health insurers expect your symptoms to remit (reduce) within 24 sessions.
One disadvantage is that a diagnosis is required for your treatment to be covered. This diagnosis becomes a part of your permanent healthcare record. This could have consequences for you if your career is contingent on mental health diagnosis (e.g., pilots, military, etc.).
Another disadvantage is that your health insurance can request session notes from your work with a mental health provider in an audit of your treatment. While they do this to prevent fraud, if your health insurance company decides that you have improved enough, they will refuse to cover the cost of further services and may even take back some of the payments they have made, leaving you with a much larger bill than you may have expected.
Alternatives to using health insurance
Requesting shorter sessions and/or spacing them out (i.e., every 2 weeks).
Attending group therapy. This is a much more affordable option and you have the additional advantage of the additional support.
Using an FSA or HSA account. If you have a health savings account through an employer, you should inquire about using it to cover therapy services.
Using your employer's Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Many employers offer 5-6 sessions of therapy per year. This is often enough for many people to get started. Speak to your HR representative about EAP benefits.