Frequently Asked Questions
Are you accepting new clients?
Yes! We don’t believe in waitlists – we promise to get you scheduled for your free consultation within ten days of your initial contact with us.
Do you take insurance? How does it work?
We accept Highmark and Capital Blue Cross for the DBT groups only.
Check out our rates and insurance page for more information. Download our guide on navigating out-of-network coverage here.
What are your rates and fees?
Each therapist at Blossom Counseling and Wellness, LLC offers rates based on experience, licensure, and services. Fees range from $110 to $150 for individual, couples, and family sessions, and from $35 to $55 for group sessions. Check out our rates and insurance page for more information.
What does it mean when a group is forming?
A forming group means that we will begin sessions when the group has enough participants. Forming groups are not guaranteed to start on the dates and times listed.
What can I expect for my first appointment?
For your first appointment, we will go over certain questions about you and your life so that we may make an initial assessment of your situation. Some of these questions will address your reason for seeking services, your personal history and current situation, your symptoms, and what our goals are. This may vary if you are a minor, or are accompanying a minor. Please be sure to complete the initial paperwork provided by your therapist prior to session and bring it with you.
For your free consultation, this is your opportunity to check out our space, meet with our clinicians, and see how you best fit. It’s also our opportunity to see how we can help you.
Do you have a sliding scale?
Each therapist can discuss reduced rates at her discretion. We will take into consideration how often you will attend sessions, the duration of your therapy, and what is most economical for your financial situation. Reduced fees and sliding scales are designed for clients who are serious about making a commitment to therapy but cannot afford the fees. Check out our rates and insurance page for more information.
During the school year, we have amazing interns from area universities who are completing their Masters-level internships before graduation. These students offer reduced fee sessions for those who cannot afford private pay fees.
How can therapy help me?
Therapy can provide you with many benefits and advantages. Therapists provide support in a non-judgmental, safe environment. They help with problem-solving skills and coping strategies for a variety of symptoms, including depression, anxiety, and stress. Many clients find that therapists are a tremendous support for managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, and the struggles of daily life. Therapists can provide you not only with a different perspective, but with scientifically based strategies that will help move you through your tough times.
Some benefits include:
- Better understanding yourself, your goals, and your experiences
- Developing skills for bettering day-to-day life and relationships
- Help and support while you overcome roadblocks and challenges
- Finding resolutions to your concerns and challenges
- Changing lifestyle choices and developing new patterns
- Managing and coping with emotional discomfort
- Improving self-esteem and self-confidence
How do I know therapy is right for me?
Each person has a different motivation for seeking therapy. Some may be experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, or stress. Others may be having difficulties with a life transition. Some others need assistance with a range of other issues such as body image, ADHD, grief, or self-esteem. Therapy can help provide some much-needed encouragement and skill development through these times.
Others come to therapy because they are ready to learn about themselves or want to be more effective at their goals in life. Overall, those seeking therapy are ready to commit to overcoming the challenges and making changes in their lives.
Everyone goes through challenging circumstances in life, and you may have successfully navigated through past difficulties you have faced. There is nothing wrong with seeking psychotherapy services. As a matter of fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need support. You are taking control and responsibility by accepting where you are in life and making a commitment to change. Therapy will provide with long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the toolbox you need to overcome whatever difficulties you are facing.
What is therapy like?
Because each person has different situations and goals, therapy will be unique for each individual. Generally, you can expect to discuss the current events in your life and the progress or insights you have gained from session to session. Depending on your needs, therapy can be short-term, long-term, or ongoing. It is most common to schedule regular sessions, usually once a week, and possibly biweekly as your circumstances improve.
It’s important to understand that your active participation helps you achieve goals quicker and obtain better results. The ultimate purpose of each session is to take what you learn and apply it to real-life situations outside of the therapy office. Beyond the work we do in session, I may send you home with skills to practice until our next appointment to support your progress.
Does everything discussed in session remain confidential?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and a therapist. A high level of trust is needed between us so that you are able to share openly and honestly sensitive material that you may not be sharing elsewhere. Upon our first meeting, you will receive a confidentiality disclosure statement that discusses this in greater depth and you can expect that what we discuss in session will not be shared with anyone.
Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your physician, psychiatrist, attorney), but by law I cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.
However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:
- Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
- If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threatened to harm another person.
The age of consent for therapy in Pennsylvania is 14 years old. Any client aged 14 years or older has the right to confidentiality as stated above.
For children under age 14 years, it is important to respect similar confidentiality so that the child(ren) can feel safe and comfortable sharing in session. As parents or guardians, you’ll receive updates as discussed in our first session, and in each subsequent session we have with your child(ren).
All of the above confidentiality information also applies to group counseling, family counseling, and couples counseling.
What kind of therapy do you offer?
The therapists at Blossom Counseling and Wellness, LLC offer a variety of therapies and treatment modalities. From groups and workshops to individual, couples, and family sessions, our therapists are skilled at providing you with a unique, client-centered experience. Some of our specialties include:
- Art therapy
- Play therapy
- Animal-assisted therapy
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
- Solution-focused therapy (SFT)
- Gottman Method
How often will I have to see you?
Session frequency will be discussed at the end of our first meeting. We’ll decide together what will best get you back to feeling better and living a fulfilling life. Things to consider include your symptoms and their severity, your work and personal life schedule, and how quickly you want to achieve your goals. Most of our clients begin weekly or biweekly sessions.
What ages do you work with?
Our practice works with ages 3 and up.