Frequently Asked Questions
No, here at Busichio Counseling we currently do not accept insurance. However, we can navigate this! I am happy to work with you to provide itemized receipts for your insurance company for partial or full reimbursement for your out-of-network therapy benefits. For more information please read my insurance and fees page.
Every therapy situation is unique and caters to each individual and their goals. It’s standard for therapists to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during therapy sessions.
Sessions are typically scheduled weekly and are 50-minutes long. For therapy to be most effective, you must be an active participant both during and between sessions. There’ll be times when you will be asked to work on exercises outside of the sessions. This is great for enhancing your growth mindset and moving you closer to your goals.
In the first session, I will conduct what’s called an intake interview. This session will be different from a typical therapy session because during this time we’ll discuss what brought you to therapy. I’ll take your case history and we’ll discuss your goals for our time together. This is an opportunity for you to share your story and ask any questions you’ve got.
Another important aspect of the first session is deciding if we’re a good fit. Ultimately, we’re establishing the foundation of a relationship that will be fundamental in trusting each other and working together.
The duration of therapy is unique to each person. However, I don’t believe in keeping anyone in therapy longer than they need to be. I work with each person to determine their specific needs for therapy.
For some, a few months after an acute stressor (such as a breakup or big life change) is adequate. However, for others who are looking to change deeply rooted patterns or belief systems, the process may take longer. You can trust that we’ll continue to check in as we go, and work together to determine if it’s timely and appropriate to end therapy.
Although talking is certainly part of the process, I don’t believe that therapy should be about only talking. While I will create a safe space for talking about your past, present, and the emotions that arise, I am a direct and engaging therapist who will actively work with you to design interventions, exercises, and thoughtful action steps to be a part of your therapy.
Making the decision to see a therapist isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s a sign of strength and self-care to reach out to professionals for support when you are faced with a challenge you need help with. Therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to know that they need support and that’s something to be admired, for sure. You’re accepting responsibility for where you’re at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking help. That’s awesome!
Absolutely. What you share in your sessions is completely confidential except in the case of 1.) immediate threat to harm to self or other, 2.) suspicion of child or dependent elder abuse, 3.) in the case of a court subpoena. We will discuss all of this as well as other policies during your initial intake session.
Therapy sessions are conducted via a video platform. I use a HIPPA compliant video platform like Zoom with an extra layer of security. I offer secure and confidential online therapy for those living in New Jersey. For more information on this please see my online therapy page.
Yes! I use a safe and secure HIPPA compliant service. I insist that my clients take their online video sessions in a closed, private room to ensure privacy. I also recommend that all “listening” devices such as Alexa (echo), Siri, and nest are turned off during sessions.
Ideally, you will have a laptop or a desktop computer but even a smartphone or tablet will work for online video therapy. You may need to download free software to your phone or computer in advance of the first session because I use a special, secured platform. I will send you instructions on how to do this when you book your first session.
Yes! Online therapy offers the same benefits as in-person therapy and even has a couple of factors that can make the experience even more impactful. For those who feel more comfortable in their own home, you do not have to worry about trying to get acclimated to a therapists’ office or trying to feel comfortable there. You can read more about the benefits of online therapy here.