What to Expect
Scheduling an Appointment
When you call our office, our staff will ask for a brief description of your concerns and determine the times you are available before recommending the psychologist who best matches your needs. Often there will be a brief conversation with the psychologist before scheduling the appointment. The initial assessment is scheduled for 60 minutes to review your history and begin the consultation process.
Arriving at the Office
Upon arriving for your first appointment, please take a seat in our waiting room (children are welcome to play in the playroom) and the therapist will come out and greet you at the appointment time. Please bring the completed patient forms to maximize the time with your clinician. For map and directions, please go to the Contact Us page.
Assessment and Treatment
The assessment phase usually takes anywhere from one to three sessions, and includes a review of treatment history, your concerns, and analysis of the difficulties you are experiencing. Your therapist will share their initial treatment recommendation with you, and provide you with expectations for the range and length of treatment. We use a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy, exposure therapy, mindfulness training, and behavioral modification. Often treatment will often include collaboration with outside providers, psychiatrists, or school personnel as part of an effective treatment plan. We promise you the most clinically effective, action-oriented therapy that will enable you or your child to conquer your fears and overcome anxiety.
Cost of Therapy
General: We charge an initial assessment fee of $254 for the first 60-minute session, and $180 for each 45-minutes session. Sessions that are not conducted within the standard time-frame are pro-rated correspondingly in 5-minute increments for longer and shorter duration services. Payment is expected at the time of service, and may be made by check, cash, debit or major credit card. We require a credit card on file for forgotten payments, missed appointments, and out of office appointments. This is also a convenience for children or teens who may attend a session without their parents.
For Off-Site Appointments: Exposure Sessions that occur outside the office are billed at the same rate as treatment that is provided inside the office. Therapists also charge for travel time to offsite locations, including your home, pro-rated in 5-minute increments. All efforts will be made to minimize travel expenses by matching you with a therapist who lives or works closest to your location.
For Intensive Treatment: We recognize that payment for patients undergoing intensive exposure therapy protocols may pose a financial hardship for some patients or their families. If this is true for you, you have the option of negotiating a payment plan with your therapist. The two of you will work together to decide upon a monthly amount that you will pay until your balance is paid in full.
CANCELLATIONS AND TARDINESS
Appointment times are reserved especially for you. If you are late, we will have less time together and you will still be billed for the entire session. If you need to cancel – please provide at least 24 hours notice. Except in the case of emergency, cancellations without 24 hours notice are charged at the standard rate.
The Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago does not participate in any insurance networks, including Medicare or Medicaid, however many insurance policies provide out-of-network reimbursement for licensed psychologists. While we do not bill insurance directly, we will provide you with a statement that includes all the required information that can be submitted for reimbursement.
If you would like to use your insurance, we recommend that you verify out-of-network mental health benefits before submitting a claim. We are also happy to complete any necessary paperwork that your insurance company provides. If an extensive report is needed, we will charge you our hourly fee prorated according to the time required.
Many patients use their Flexible Healthcare Spending Accounts to set aside pre-tax dollars to pay for their therapy. Check with your plan about its rules and policies.
Why don’t we contract with insurance companies? After much deliberation, we have chosen not to contract with any insurance companies, including Medicare. This allows us to make optimal treatment decisions regarding length and type of therapy without the limitations imposed by third party payers. Extended, more frequent, or intensive treatment team services may be more cost-effective in the long run, though insurance may not reimburse for such services. We are committed to providing you with the best, most effective treatment available without having to fit into generic constraints often imposed by insurance companies. Although our initial fee may be higher, ultimately we believe that our method of cost-effective, results-oriented therapy will result in shorter treatment cycles and lower out-of-pocket costs for you.
FORMS TO COMPLETE PRIOR TO FIRST APPOINTMENT: