Donald J. Zandier, Jr., PC
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Frequently Asked Questions
Should I seek therapy?
  People come to therapy for many different reasons. Seeking the advice of a professional is always a good idea if you are feeling depressed, anxious, or to cope with psychological issues. Additionally, many people benefit from counseling during major life changes such as divorce or career transitions. Working with a therapist can provide support and insight into issues such as anxiety, family dynamics, body-image, and addictions, bringing clarity and self-awareness to advance positive changes in one’s life.

Do I really need to seek counseling?
  Although handling issues on your own is great, sometimes seeking out extra support is necessary in new situations or when you feel like you are reverting to familiar and unproductive ways of coping. When you have enough self-awareness to acknowledge that you need help, you are making a commitment to change a situation.

What can I expect from talk therapy?
  Since therapy is an individual experience based on unique situations, goals will differ between clients. What you can expect from your therapist is a personalized and very specific plan that will cater to your needs and focus on your personal growth and self-awareness.

   
How often will I attend sessions?
  At the onset of therapy, a weekly, 55-minute appointment is recommended, but this is fully dependent on each individual's needs.

How many sessions of therapy will I attend?
  The number of sessions you will attend varies greatly by client. At your initial visit, you, along with your therapist will develop personal goals for treatment. When you have made progress toward attaining these goals, you may choose to come up with additional goals toward continued emotional growth, or you may choose to cease treatment. 

Is therapy covered by medical insurance?
  Yes; however, copays and deductibles will vary greatly between insurance companies. You are responsible for contacting your insurance company to verify the benefits offered for talk therapy (also known as “outpatient mental health in an office setting”). The client is responsible for all copays and deductibles at the time of the visit. We will gladly bill your insurance carrier for in-network plans.

Is medical insurance a requirement for treatment?
  No, self-pay clients are welcome and payment is required at the time of the visit.  

Can more than one person come to a talk therapy session?
  Yes, therapy can be for many different types of relationships including families, couples, and groups.

Can I bring my young child for talk therapy? 
  Yes, a few of our contract therapists will see children for talk therapy. 

Can I bring my teenager for talk therapy?
  Yes, all of our contract therapists will work with teenagers. When a child is 14 years of age or older, they are considered to be an adult in talk therapy sessions; therefore, the child is not required to allow parents/guardians access to speak to their therapist about the dialogue in the therapy session. 

Requirements for Children of Divorce
  Before a child can be seen by a therapist, BOTH parents who have LEGAL CUSTODY must sign an authorization for treatment.

Do you offer medication?
  No, medication for medical and emotional issues can be prescribed only by a medical doctor. Often times, talk therapy is a requirement of the prescribing medical doctor for emotional conditions.

Is therapy confidential?
  Therapy is confidential and the law protects the confidentiality of all communication between you and your therapist. Exceptions to the law occur in cases of child abuse, elder abuse, or when a client intends to harm him/herself or another.