Post # 1
I went to my primary doctor because of feeling depressed from alot things going on in my personal life and she gave me information on some different places. How do I know which ones my insurance covers? Or does anyone have any other general advice?
Post # 3
Ask people and get referances. There are some really bad therapists out there but some are absolutely amazing. Sorry I cant help with the insurance thing as I think its different in the states as in Canada. Go in comfy clothing and try to be relaxed and open.
Post # 4
Don’t lie. and Don’t hold anything back I know when I went I had a hard time opening up, and i neglected to mention things that I really probably should have, but i did not want the dr. to ” judge me”. When I finailly told her everything, It was a relief and i felt bad that i had wasted so much time to do so
Post # 5
Call your insurance for a list of covered mental health providers and google them for reviews. You can always change if you don’t like someone. in the actual visit, be openminded. Some therapists will get to the root of the problem in ways that are not obvious. be prepared to cry, and wear comfortable clothes. Try to be relaxed and comfortable in general. It really helps.
Post # 6
@MrsLongcoatPeacoat: THIS. And ask if they have an “employee assistance program.” I was able to get 5 free visits.. so I could “shop around” without having to pay my specialist copay, if I needed to.
Post # 7
I agree with much of the above. Be as real as you can about what’s going on, don’t sugarcoat it for them, they’ve heard it all. Really. Not that they’ll be jaded about it, but don’t hold back to be “nice”– or whatever you tend to do to keep yourself feeling safe when talking about difficult stuff.
At the same time, if you don’t feel ok with the therapist, go to someone else. I’ve seen therapists who weren’t a good fit for me and therapists who were a great fit for me, and a few visits with the latter was always way more help than any amount of visits with the former would have been.
Post # 8
Thanks everyone. Mostly I’m afraid I’ll find out my insurance won’t cover anyone.
Post # 9
I basically just agree with what everyone else already said – I’d just call your insurance company and find out. Also, I know that sometimes there are therapists who are on a sliding scale based off of your income so that could be a good thing to look into if your insurance doesn’t cover mental health. Best wishes!
Post # 10
@MrsLongcoatPeacoat: This. Or check on your insurance company’s website. Ask around to those you trust or feel comfortable asking and compare them to the list from your insurance. If you have a particular person in mind, call the office and speak with the receptionist. You can give him/her your insurance info and should be told whether or not the doctor takes your plan without too long of a delay or difficulty.
Be honest with the therapist. Oh and if you don’t feel a “click” with a particular therapist, let him/her know. A good therapist will understand and perhaps you could ask for other recommendations from that person. Also, if you happen to have a bad experience with a therapist, try not to be too discouraged. I had a terrible experience with one psychiatrist, but ended up finding a great psychologist later on.
In my experience, it took a bit of time going before I started to notice the benefits. It can be very emotionally draining to rehash difficult things that lead you to seek out a therapist, but it’s worth it. And I second the PP that mentioned that therapists have heard it all so don’t worry about surgarcoating things or being ashamed. If you feel like you are being judged, not helped, then seek out someone else.
Feel better and best of luck!
Post # 11
I looked it up on my insurance’s website, they do cover it. I don’t think they cover anyone from the list my doctor gave me but I found some that my insurance does cover.