Therapy FAQ

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.

Is it expensive?

For most people, insurance will cover therapy services.  Our therapists that do not accept insurance have a reduced fee schedule, which you can find here.

 

As well, we do offer sliding scale payments for individuals with financial constraints.​ Sliding Scale information can be found below. 

Do you take insurance?

 

Currently, Psychodrama New Jersey has three clinicians; Scottie Urmey, LCSW, Patricia Hannah, LCSW, and Becky Burnett, LAC. Each therapist accepts different insurances and fee schedules. Please contact your insurance company for specific information about coverage. Some insurances typically accepted include; 

  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield​

  • Magellan

  • Compsych (requires authorization)

  • Ceridian/LifeWorks (requires authorization)

  • Value Options/Beacon Behavioral Health

  • Qualcare

  • Amerihealth

 

You should call your insurance company to ensure that your plan is accepted and our office. If you have any questions contact our office.  In addition, Psychodrama New Jersey will provide invoices to clients out-of-network insurance claims. 

 

PNJ also offers sliding scale payments for individuals with financial constraints.​

 

Can you tell me more about your Sliding Scale Options?

Our Sliding Scale is based on Income and Household Size, as determined by the Census Bureau. 

Click on the links below for our Sliding Scale Policy, Sliding Scale Fee Schedule, and Application.

To qualify for a Sliding Scale fee reduction, the client must provide proof of household income (themselves plus anyone else they file taxes with- children, spouse, parents (for minors)). Proof of income can be 2 recent pay stubs, a W-2 tax form, or a copy of their most recent income tax forms showing adjusted gross income (AGI). If you are currently unemployed, proof that you have applied for Unemployment Benefits or by providing a signed and witnessed statement stating that you are unemployed.

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).

Becky Burnett is a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC).

All of our clinicians are trained in Psychodrama, Sociometry & Group Psychotherapy.  Clinicians employ other types of therapies including Cognitive Behavioral therapy and 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.

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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 like what I am looking for! 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