A Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) is a type of psychotherapist that has studied and trained in relational and systemic therapy approaches. The Marriage and Family Therapy approach aligns with with idea that problems affecting people are best treated in the context of relationships. MFTs believe that our relationships and past experiences influence our current problems and the way we view the world.
No! You do not have to be married or even in a relationship to see a MFT. Marriage and Family Therapy works great for individuals and groups as well as for those in culturally specific communities. And it works great with video therapy!
Research shows that Video Therapy or TeleTherapy can be just as effective as face-to-face therapy. One of the biggest predictors of effective therapy, is having a good client-therapist relationship. If you aren't connecting with your therapist, you can always try another! I suggest trying Marriage and Family Therapy, even if you're seeking individual counseling.
There are actually many benefits to Video Therapy that you can't get from face-to-face therapy. For instance, Video Therapy can reach those in rural areas or those that might not have available transportation. Scheduling a Video Therapy session might also be more convenient for those with a busy work or family schedule.
But Video Therapy is not for everyone...
Your Story Therapy, LLC's therapist, Elizabeth Shahid, is licensed in the state of Alabama and therefore cannot conduct video therapy with clients in other states. If you will be traveling, let Elizabeth know and you can reschedule an appointment for when you return to Alabama.
While I do not accept insurance at this time, I can provide a "Superbill" which will allow a reimbursement from insurance. Check with your insurance provider to see if video therapy is covered. Usually, insurance covers the majority of the payment.
Submitting a "SuperBill" does not guarantee you will be reimbursed. Reimbursement depends on the type of insurance you have. Whether your insurance can cover therapy or not, the client will be ultimately responsible for the full payment of therapy services provided.
A "SuperBill" is a document, provided by your therapist, to give to your insurance company for coverage of Video Therapy. This document should allow you to receive a reimbursement for your individual, marriage and family therapy services. Communicate with your insurance company to find the best way of sending this document.
Most people schedule appointments once a week. Once people make progress reaching their goals, they usually start scheduling once every other week and eventually to once a month. Sometimes people prefer to schedule every other week from the beginning.
Appointments usually last about 1 hour. Sometimes conversation lasts longer or shorter than expected. If you prefer to leave right on time, make sure to tell your therapist!