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Therapy FAQ

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General Questions

Who benefits from going to therapy?

People suffering from mental or behavioral issues are not the only people who benefit from therapy. Whether you're having a hard time dealing with some difficult circumstances in your life, such as grief or a midlife crisis, or just want to improve on yourself by becoming more self-aware, therapy is a place for you to learn and work on yourself. While therapy is obviously beneficial for someone in distress, it is a good idea to continue therapy after the "crisis" is over, as this allows you to work on different points without feeling too overwhelmed.

What happens during a therapy session?

 

During your first session, your therapist will go over some questions, explain confidentially terms, and discuss ​what brings you to therapy. Your therapist will ask questions and make comments and suggestions which will help you to work through the issues that have brought you to therapy.

Do you take insurance?

 

Currently, Psychodrama New Jersey has two clinicians; Scottie Urmey, LCSW and Patricia Hannah, LCSW. Scottie is no longer accepting insurance. Patricia accepts some Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield plans. 

 

Please contact your insurance company for specific information about coverage. You should call your insurance company to ensure that your plan is accepted by the provider you are scheduled with. In addition, Psychodrama New Jersey will provide invoices to clients out-of-network insurance claims. 

What if you don't take my insurance?

Our clinicians are able to work with you out-of-network (OON). 

OON simply means that the insurance company can reimburse you directly for services rendered by our clinicans if you have out-of-network benefits.

Can you explain how OON works?

Using out-of-network benefits can be simple. You can provide a receipt to your insurance company after your session. The insurance company can process your “claim” and send you a check in the mail for whatever portion is covered. Psychodrama New Jersey can easily provide a receipt so that you can submit your claim directly to your insurance company. Your insurance plan may cover a large portion of your therapy costs if you have out-of-network benefits. It is recommended that you verify your OON benefits by contacting a member benefits representative (the number is usually found on the back of your insurance card). When speaking with a representative it is helpful to ask the following questions:

  • What is my coverage for out-of-network mental health services? (Reference CPT Codes 90791, 90837, 90834, 90847)

  • Do I have an annual deductible?

  • How much of my annual deductible has already been met?

  • Are there any limits or requirements in order to receive reimbursement for out-of-network mental health services?

  • If you don’t have out-of-network benefits, you may want to ask when the Open Enrollment period is and consider switching to a plan that does.

Does going to therapy make me "crazy"?

Going to therapy does not mean you are "crazy". Throughout our lives, we experience difficult situations where we benefit from talking to an unbiased person.  Our past experiences also affect how we behave now, so therapy is also used to help unlearn those behaviors or thought patterns.​

What kind of therapists do you have?

Scottie Urmey is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and board certified trainer, educator, and practitioner in Psychodrama, Sociometry & Group Psychotherapy (TEP).

Patricia Hannah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).

Our clinicians are trained in Psychodrama, Sociometry & Group Psychotherapy.  Clinicians employ other types of therapies including Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Mindfulness based therapies, Emotional freedom technique (EFT), among others.

What do you treat?

  • Depression​

  • Anxiety

  • Grief Counseling

  • PTSD

  • ADHD

  • Dysfunctional Relationships

  • Trauma

  • Difficult Life Transitions

  • Behavioral Issues

  • Family Conflict

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • Parenting

  • Health Problems

  • School Issues

  • Self Esteem

  • and other issues.

Psychodrama in Therapy

 

What is Psychodrama?

Psychodrama is the original creative art therapy, first developed by J.L. Moreno in 1921. The word "Psychodrama" comes from the Greek word "psyche" meaning "mind" and "drama" meaning "action". Current neurobiology research supports our understanding that as humans we are changed as a result of our experiences -in other words, action changes things. Psychodrama’s experiential and holistic (mind-body) approach is what facilitates its efficacy in achieving its cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and relational goals.

"Psychodrama" sounds scary! Do I have anything to worry about?

In today’s vernacular, “psychodrama” is frequently used to describe a negative situation or event of psychological intensity. Psychodrama, as a creative therapy, uses safe, skillfully and gently guided action interventions to help people gain new insight, develop understanding, express unexpressed feelings, and practice new behaviors.

What about talk therapy?

Psychodrama is a supplement to traditional talk therapy. Treatment provides individuals, groups, and families the opportunity to explore creative, healthy solutions for the problems they face in life-to do so a lot of meaningful discussions will have to occur. 

 

 

Privacy & Office Policies

Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and therapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but during the session. You can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone except when state law, HIPAA, and professional ethics require exceptions. The following situations are required exceptions to confidentiality:

 

  • Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders.

  • If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threatened to harm another person.

 

Anyone engaging in treatment needs to read the information listed below. Please ask any questions necessary to fully understanding this information. This is called "informed consent". 

Privacy Policies

Please look at our office policies for clarification on cancellation policies, fee schedule, and information about patient rights.

 

Office Policies

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