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HOW TO USE PRIVATE INSURANCE TO PAY FOR THERAPY

Looking to cover your sessions at Canwillbebetter™ using your insurance company? We will be happy to check your insurance. Share Your Insurance Information Here. We provide optional and complimentary claim handling support as part of our service commitment to you.

We will check your benefits for you in advance of your appointment, so that you will know how much your insurance will cover for your visit, and then we will work to get the therapy fees collected from your insurance company. It is only asked that you kindly give us enough lead time- usually just 24-48 hours is required.

In order for us to help you with your Insurance prosess, we need your necessary authorization to do so. Click here to share your insurance information and to find out what your benefits are!

HOW TO CLAIM ON YOUR PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE POLICY

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READ YOUR POLICY DOCUMENT

Different health insurers have different claims processes. If you’re planning to seek private treatment, read the small print of your policy or check your insurer’s website to see whether there’s specific guidance. Check if your policy covers you for therapy consultations. If it does, how many sessions and check whether you need a referral from your GP or a Psychiatrist.

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SPEAK TO YOUR GP

(If you dont need a referall from your GP, go to step 3)
Start by speaking to your GP about your condition as you normally would. Your GP can refer you for private treatment. There are two main types of referral;

  • An open referral, where your GP doesn’t address the letter to a specific consultant, or
  • Named referral, where a specialist is listed on the letter.

Read the terms and conditions of your policy to check which one your provider will want.

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CALL YOUR PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE PROVIDER

Next, call your provider and explain the situation. What you’ll need when you call will differ from provider to provider, but consider the following:

  • Your policy number
  • Details of what your GP told you
  • Details of your referral.
  • Details about your condition

Once your insurer has agreed to cover the therapy, please give us your policy number and authorisation code, which we need to book your appointment. Please also ask your insurer the number of sessions that will be covered.

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CALL YOUR PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE PROVIDER (AGAIN) ONCE YOU HAVE SEEN A SPECIALIST

Once you have seen a specialist, call you provider again to let them know what steps will be taken next. Also, make sure you understand how you’ll pay for any consultations or treatment – either you’ll have to pay and claim the money back, or you’ll provider will pay directly.

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DON’T BE AFRAID TO COMPLAIN

If your claim doesn’t pan out as you expect, or you feel that your insurer has treated you unfairly, don’t be afraid to complain.

Speak to your provider first, but if it isn’t proving helpful (and you have exhausted their complaints process) take the matter up with the Financial Ombudsman Service.

You may also be interested in: Get the best private health insurance (link opens in new window.)

The decision to see a psychologist is a very personal one. It is important to choose a psychologist you can work with and trust. The better the relationship between you and your psychologist, the more you are likely to benefit from psychotherapy.

Having an expert psychologist to work with you in this process is an invaluable asset. This work helps people to enhance and maintain their physical and mental health, and promote honesty, intimacy and fulfillment in their lives.

What Really Happens in a Therapy Session?

Your Psychologist will encourage you to talk about your thoughts. About your feelings and what’s troubling you. Don’t worry if you find it hard to open up about your feelings. Your Psychologist will help you gain more confidence and comfort.

As you go through the therapy process, your Psychologist may ask you to do some “homework” — activities, reading or practices that build on what you learn during your therapy sessions — and encourage you to apply what you’re learning in your day-to-day life.

Your Psycholgist’s approach will depend on your particular situation and preferences.

Krisztina Lurås‘s approach to therapy is with respect, tolerance and deep understanding of our ‘small differences and great similarities’ as people. Central is also working with clients from different backgrounds, ethnic -and cultural affiliation and language.

How Long Does Therapy Last?

 

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How Long Does Therapy Last?

The length of therapy vary depending on your specific needs and circumstances. Some come to therapy with a specific issue or concern. Intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy (ISTDP) may be the right fit. Normaly that can last from six to eight sessions. Some come to therapy to explore issues that seem to run a little deeper. They might engage in therapy for several months or even years.

How Many Sessions Do You Need?

You and your Psychologist can discuss how many sessions may be right for you.

Factors to consider include:

  • Type of disorder or situation
  • Severity of your symptoms
  • How long you’ve had your symptoms or have been dealing with your situation
  • How quickly you make progress
  • How much stress you’re experiencing
  • How much support you receive from family members and other people
  • Regardless of why you are seeking therapy or the type of therapy you are doing, it is important to remember that, ultimately, it is your decision as to when you stop therapy.

Length Of Treatment

If you are unsure about what you need/want by way of length of treatment, you might raise the question with your Psychologist to get his/her thoughts. It can also be helpful to discuss your goals of therapy with your therapist. Clarifying what you want from therapy can help you figure out if you have met your goals and when you are ready to stop therapy.

What Really Happens in a Therapy Session?

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FIRST THERAPY SESSION

In your first session at Canwillbebetter™, your Psychologist usually ask what you are hoping to get out of therapy. What are your expectations and your preferences for how to proceed. What matters the most for you and what you want to achieve. How would your life be different if therapy was to help you? The Psychologist will ask you about your current and past physical and emotional health to gain a deeper understanding of your situation.
Then, as the psychotherapy work progresses, the Psychologist periodically check in with you to see how you feel the work is going and to what extent you feel your goals are being met.

If you go in prepared and not looking to take a backseat … you will have the most success with your therapy.

AREAS TO COVER IN YOUR FIRST THERAPY SESSION INCLUDE

  • The Psychologist skills, experience and qualifications
  • The approach they take. How might this way of working relate to your presenting issues?
  • Your goals and expectations of counselling
  • If individual counselling is the best way forward, or if couple or family therapy would be more appropriate.
  • Fees, frequency and estimated duration of your work together.

 

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