What kind of therapy do you do?
We have each developed a style that comes from several schools of thought, including Cognitive Behavioral and Systems Theories. In addition we have trained in specialized techniques, including EMDR and DBT. You will find all of us are practical and give lots of feedback along the way.
How long is a session?
Each 1-hr session is 53 minutes long. You will likely schedule once a week to start. Under some circumstances you may have 45 min or 1 ½ hr sessions.
Do you have experience with my problem?
We are generalists, which means we have seen a wide variety of problems, many times each. When you call for information we can try to match you with the therapist most experienced in that area. Ages include 5 to 95.
How long will the therapy take?
As you guessed, this is tough to predict. We have found the average length of therapy is 12 to 15 sessions. That means more people than not find they are satisfied with the changes they see in that time. However, many people stay in therapy longer, intent on making more profound changes in their lives. A longer stay does not mean you have a more serious problem.
Will my insurance cover?
We are in-network providers with Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO and Medicare. Other carriers often cover, usually on out-of-network benefits. Call us and we will help you determine what to expect. We bill insurance from our office.
The problem is my daughter … son … spouse … parent. How do I get that person help?
Here is an article to help you with that. Meanwhile, consider coming in yourself. When one person in a family becomes more calm and honestly communicating, it affects other’s behavior as well. Meanwhile you can learn to live with the family you have, instead of the one you wish for.
What is a psychiatrist, a psychologist, a psychotherapist, a social worker?
All of us who do talk therapy are called psychotherapist, or therapist, or if you prefer, counselor.
- A psychiatrist is a medical doctor with a specialty in mental illness. He or she may prescribe medications. A client may see a psychiatrist for medicine and a psychotherapist for talk therapy. Research shows that a combination of both makes for the best outcome with many diagnoses.
- A psychologist is someone with a doctoral degree in psychology (PhD or PsyD), including postdoctoral internship, and is licensed by the state.
- A licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) has a master’s degree in social work along with post degree training and is licensed by the state.
- A licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) has a master’s degree or a PhD in marriage and family, with post degree training and is licensed by the state.
At McKane & Associates, PC, we are all psychotherapists. 2 are LMFT, 3 are LCSW.
What about medications?
We work with psychiatrists in the area and will be glad to make a referral if we feel there is a need. Some people require it if they are to improve. For some it is a choice. Not all clients use medications. We can guide your questions, but only a physician can evaluate and prescribe.
When can you see me?
We can get you in within days of your call. Early AM, lunchtime, evening and Saturday appointments are available.