Frequently Asked Questions
How does therapy help with perinatal mental health?
Talk therapy allows a person the safe, nonjudgmental space to explore the symptoms and causes of their distress. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence based model of treatment which helps individual to discover the connections between their thoughts, feelings, and actions. By talking through the feelings of sadness, fear, guilt, and loneliness, we can work to reduce their impact on mom's daily life. Remission is absolutely possible with these types of illnesses, and talk therapy is an excellent tool toward recovery.
How long are sessions? How often should I come in?
Sessions typically last for one hour, though arrangements can be made if needed. Please note that "one hour" is measured as 53 minutes and up to allow your therapist to document on your session and to avoid running over into the next scheduled appointment.
While each client is different and presents unique needs, most clients begin with weekly appointments. These can be spaced out or increased depending on diagnosis, severity of symptoms, or timeline of pregnancy/postpartum needs.
What about cost? Do you accept insurance?
Ardeo Counseling is in network with United Healthcare, Cigna, Carefirst, Blue Cross, Blue Shield plans. If you are insured through a carrier we do not work with, we can discuss out-of-network benefits. For those choosing to pay out of pocket, or without insurance, our rates are $150 for the first session (includes assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning). After your intake, sessions are $120 for one hour of therapy. Sliding scale is also available as appropriate.
Can my baby or older children come to sessions?
Babes in arms are always welcome in session, and we do our best to ensure that the office is baby-proofed. Please also feel comfortable to nurse, change, or otherwise care for your baby as needed. Older children are welcome to sessions if you feel like you will be able to fully engage in the treatment process. If there is a chance that you will be too distracted or uncomfortable speaking openly with your child present, please consider arranging childcare.
Will I be prescribed medication?
Ardeo Counseling does not offer medication management, and those clients seeking medication will be referred to their family physician, OB/GYN, or psychiatrist for this service. That said, many mothers do not seek medication and find that talk therapy can be sufficient in managing their symptoms. We encourage clients to explore all treatment options which may be beneficial, and are able to discuss typical medications prescribed during the perinatal period in order to empower clients to make the best decision for themselves.