Treatment FAQ

 

1. What are your therapists' qualifications?

Our therapists have academic degrees in a mental health specialty such as psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors or are actively earning such degrees. All are currently enrolled or have graduated from our post graduate training program.

2. What type of therapy and/or counseling do you provide?

ICP offers a very eclectic approach; our therapists offer CBT, DBT, EMDR, and more. We do not adhere to one specific theory, but it is all talk-therapy.

3. Is everything confidential?

Yes, all patient files are kept locked in a separate room in locking drawers. Only your therapist has access to this room. We are bound by the laws of confidentiality and HIPAA. 

4. I heard that there are therapists in training. Please explain this to me.

Therapists at ICP  have decided to come to ICP for additional training above and beyond their professional degree. They attend classes at ICP to receive specific training in analysis, eating disorders, trauma, LGBTQ issues, or family and couples treatment. 

5. Do I have to have a therapist in training?

No, you may request a staff therapist at the time of your intake. 

6. What areas of expertise do you offer?

We have therapists specifically trained in the following disciplines: eating disorders, anger management, sexual abuse, depression, bi-polar disorder, other specific mental illnesses, HIV- and AIDS-related issues, phobias, family and couples treatment, children and adolescents, artists, performance anxiety, older adults, bereavement issues, relationship issues, intimacy issues, single-parent family, insomnia, dream analysis, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues, families of mixed cultural background, parenthood, divorce and separation. We also have Spanish and French speaking therapists. Please note that this list is not exhaustive; we have 200 therapists at ICP with a wide-range of specialties.

7. Can you get medication and therapy?

Yes, however this is an issue to discuss with your intake clinician. We have a panel of psychiatrists and psychopharmacologists to whom we refer should you and your therapist decide that medication is needed. Your therapist at ICP will have regular communication with your psychiatrist or psychopharmacologist

8. What kind of insurance does ICP take?

ICP accepts HIP, GHI, Oscar and Healthfirst insurances. In most cases you will need to contact your insurance in advance for authorization and will have a co-pay. 

9. What happens if my insurance doesn't cover treatment at ICP?

We work on a sliding scale and establish a fee based on your income. 

10. Do you accept Medicaid?

 We accept HealthFirst managed Medicaid

11. What happens if I do not have insurance when I begin treatment, and then I get insurance in the middle of my treatment?

We can start using your insurance from the moment the coverage is effective. 

12. Do you accept Medicare?

No, we are not Medicare providers. 

13. How do I get reimbursed for out-of-network benefits?

We will give you a monthly statement that you submit to your insurance company just like you would for any doctor bill. 

14. Is the intake covered by insurance?

Usually the intake is considered an initial evaluation and is covered by insurance. 

15. How do I find out about my coverage?

Ask your benefits person at your job, or call your insurance company and ask them what mental health benefits are covered by your policy. 

16. What information do you provide to insurance companies?

Without your written consent, no information is given to insurance companies. However, in order for you to receive reimbursement, session dates must be sent to the company itself. Managed care companies often require more information to justify paying for additional sessions, but you will be a part of this process.

If you would like to schedule an initial intake to discuss your need for treatment, please call us at: (212) 333-3444.

 

The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy complies with applicable civil rights laws and does not discriminate against, exclude, or treat patients differently on the basis of actual or perceived race, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, disability, marital or partnership status, sexual orientation or identity, or alienage or citizenship status.