Frequently Asked Questions
Do you accept health insurance?
Yes. We accept United Healthcare, Optum, Oxford, Oscar Health, Aetna and Blue Cross Blue Shield. We also qualify for out-of-network reimbursement if covered under your insurance plan. You can contact your insurance to determine if you have mental health coverage.
How much do sessions cost?
TAS offers a variety of different pricing options depending on the the services provided. Our texting service is based on a weekly or monthly rate.
How can attending therapy help me?
Therapy helps people understand how they can do something to improve their situation. That eventually leads to an enhancement of healthy behaviors such as improving relationships, increasing coping skills, expressing emotions better, doing better in work or school, and thinking more positively.
How is The Affirming Space different from other counseling services?
At TAS we firmly believe in providing our community with easy and accessible mental health care for our diverse generation. The convenience of living in the technology era has created new innovations in the field of mental health. At TAS, we embody that progression. Once established, clients are able to schedule sessions online at their convenience. This empowers our clients to be able to obtain therapy on their watch, however and whenever they want.
How is talking to a professional different from talking to a friend or family member?
In therapy, the focus is completely on you. Because your therapist does not have a personal relationship with you the way a friend or family member does, they will not be influenced by personal feelings. They can provide an unbiased perspective when looking at the situation. Although it may feel like a casual conversation between you and your therapist, your therapist has also been specifically trained with at least a master’s degree and thousands of hours of rigorous training experience in therapeutic conversation, interventions, and assessment.
Does going to therapy mean I am crazy?
No. Going to a therapist does not mean that you are crazy. It likely means that you are a brave and courageous person who is motivated to solve your problems. Going to therapy is similar to going to the doctor when you feel sick. People who go to therapy are finding a treatment for their mind and emotions. The same way a doctor treats your body for physical health issues.
How long can I expect to be in therapy?
There is no right or wrong answer to this. That’s because everyone is different. Some people may feel they are satisfied with their level of understanding of their problems and reached their desired level of change after a few sessions. Others may want to incorporate therapy over a longer period of time. You and your therapist will work closely to formulate goals and to understand your expectations of therapy which can play an important role in the length of time you choose to stay in therapy.
Is online therapy really right for me?
Although extensive studies have shown that online therapy can be just as effective as in-person therapy, it may not be suitable for everyone. Online therapy is NOT suitable for:
Anyone who is actively suicidal
Anyone who is actively thinking about harming others
Anyone experiencing psychosis or a manic episode
Those experiencing severe substance abuse
Anyone experiencing a crisis situation that warrants immediate law enforcement or medical intervention
Anyone experiencing abuse in a relationship, such as domestic violence, that may require law enforcement intervention
What about medication?
Although medication can be effective in supplementing the treatment of mental health, research generally shows that psychotherapy is more effective than medication alone. There are times when medication is needed in conjunction with counseling and your therapist can help you decide if medication would be a helpful option. Different kinds of problems will respond differently to various treatment methods. Therapists do not prescribe medication, but can offer referral sources for medication management.
How do live online sessions work?
TAS has taken every measure to ensure we can conduct video appointments anywhere and, on any device, using the Simple Practice platform which provides a confidential and HIPAA compliant secure network. A few minutes before your scheduled appointment, an email will be sent to you. You will click the link in your email to start- no passwords, logins, and no hassle.
I am still not sure if therapy is right for me. How can I get more information?
You may be finding yourself unsure if therapy is right for you, or you may have other questions or concerns about the therapy process. At TAS, we truly love what we do and would be happy to assist you. We can provide further consultation and an opportunity to help answer any questions you may have about starting therapy.