What to Expect
To request an appointment, please call our office at 877.559.0001 and leave a brief message on our secure voicemail stating your location preference (Deerfield, Chicago, or Oak Brook), preferred therapist (if known), and best number to reach you. You may also submit a request via our contact form. We will get back to you within one business day to schedule your appointment. The initial assessment is scheduled for 60 minutes to review your history and begin the consultation process.
Upon arriving for your first appointment, sign in on the iPad in the waiting room and take a seat; your therapist will come out to bring you into the office at the appointed time. In order to maximize this first appointment with your therapist, please bring your completed forms with you (links to the forms are at the bottom .
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. 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.
Costs of Therapy
COVID-19 has created an atmosphere of confusion and anxiety that can be a roadblock to the mental wellness you are seeking. In addition to anxiety about the illness itself, you may also be worried about your economic future.
We want to do what we can to help you continue working towards resilience. To give our patients some additional assistance in maintaining therapy, we have reduced our standard rates (detailed below) by 25% until further notice to offset some of the financial difficulty caused by the quarantine.
We encourage you to continue seeking therapy; this is an ideal opportunity to learn how to overcome anxiety and meet life’s challenges with strength and determination. For further information on how we’re meeting the COVID-19 challenge, please take a look at our COVID-19 response page.
Our Psychotherapists charge $254 – $354 for the initial 60-minute assessment appointment. Subsequent appointments are $200 – $300 for 60 minute sessions and $150 – $225 for 45 minute sessions, depending on the experience and professional expertise of your clinician. Sessions that are not conducted within the standard time-frames are pro-rated correspondingly in 5-minute increments for longer and shorter duration services. Your therapist will discuss the optimal appointment length with you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By choosing not to contract with any insurance companies, including Medicare, we have the freedom 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.
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.
The following forms should be completed prior to your first appointment: