What To Expect / FAQ
Do you accept insurance?
Bayside Psychology currently accepts any Blue Cross/Blue Shield product (such as Anthem), Maine Community Health Options, Martin's Point US Family Health Plan, Harvard Pilgrim, UnitedHealthcare, and Medicare. We also see many people with out-of-network benefits, and we can provide you with the necessary paperwork to use to apply for reimbursement from your insurance company.
What kind of payments do you accept?
Most people find it convenient to use a card, and we accept credit cards, debit cards and HSA (Health Savings Account) cards, which we keep on file for subsequent copays and charges. We also accept check and cash.
I am paying out of pocket. What are your fees?
The fee for an Initial Intake (which involves an extended interview and testing), is $400. Individual Therapy sessions are $200, Couples' Therapy is $250.
How does it work the first time I come in for therapy?
Once you have contacted us and scheduled an Initial appointment, you will gain access to our confidential web portal, where you can review documents about the practice, and about confidentiality and HIPAA. You'll also be able to fill out some background information online prior to the initial appointment to simplify the process once you arrive at the Bayside Psychology offices. When you do come in the first time, bring some form of payment for the session (whether you are paying out of pocket, or paying a copay). If you are using insurance, please bring your insurance card as well. When you arrive, you will be checked in and given a few forms to fill out, as well as several questionnaires to help the psychologist learn additional information about what you are coming in to work on. This paperwork will take about 10 minutes to fill out, so you might want to arrive accordingly early. When you meet with the psychologist, you will have a chance to talk about what has been going on, and the psychologist will get a chance to learn more about you, and by the end of the session, to work with you to formulate a plan for treatment. If you decide after the session that you wish to continue working with the therapist, you may schedule additional sessions at the front desk. Feeling comfortable with the therapist, and as though you can collaborate on reaching the goals is essential. If you feel it is not the right match for you, we will be glad to schedule you with a different therapist at Bayside Psychology.
How long does therapy last?
This depend on a number of factors, including your preferences, the recommendations of your therapist, and issue of scheduling and availability. The duration of therapy can also vary from weeks to months to years, depending on the type of goals you have, and the issues you are facing. Therapy sessions are 45 minutes long, and are initially scheduled weekly, in order to present the best opportunity for success. In order to ensure that your treatment remains productive, you and your therapist will check in with each other periodically in order to make sure that your collaboration is focused on your goals and you are moving forward. The length of treatment will ultimately be up to you, in consulation with your therapist.