Q. How do I know if a therapist/coach is right for me?
A. You are encouraged to call and ask questions regarding each practitioner’s philosophy of treatment. You can explain a little bit about your situation and get a feel for the provider’s style. It is very important to find the right fit for you.
Q. What should I expect when I call?
A. When you call, you will likely be directed to the provider’s voicemail. Please leave a detailed message with your name, phone number, and the best time to reach you. Also, indicate whether a message can be left at that number. Your provider will make every effort to return your call by the end of the business day or within 24 hours. You can also schedule a brief initial phone consult using the scheduling tool.
Q. How long are the sessions?
A. Sessions lengths vary for each provider and service. Psychotherapy sessions are typically 50-55 minutes long. Prior to the first session, please complete the paperwork ahead of time to speed up the intake process. Your provider will direct you to the client portal to complete paperwork. If you are not able to access the portal, please arrive 10 minutes early to complete necessary paperwork.
Q. How long does therapy/coaching usually last?
A. This really depends on the presenting issue. Your provider will discuss the potential course of therapy/coaching during the first session.
Q. How often do I have to come?
A. Also depending upon your particular situation, it can range from once weekly to twice monthly.
Q. Is there an on-call therapist?
A. In case of an emergency you should call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
Q. What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?
A. A Psychologist is a Doctor of Philosophy or a Doctor of Psychology who treats patients with a variety of methods that do not involve prescribing medication. A Psychiatrist is a Medical Doctor who primarily prescribes psychotropic medication to patients as a way to address psychological issues.
Q. So, is there someone in your practice who can prescribe medication?
A. Following a thorough assessment of your needs, your provider will be happy to refer you to a psychiatrist, primary care physician, homeopath, nutritionist, acupuncturist, or any other practitioner if it is determined that it may be helpful to treatment. Providers with WellPath Partners are committed to collaborating closely with all professionals related to your care.