Frequently Asked Questions

 

What types of clients do you see?

 We see both children and adults.

 

Do you offer a consultation to help determine if therapy or testing is right for me? 

Yes, Dr. Prior offers a free 15 minute phone consultation to help you decide.

 

Do you offer evening hours? 

Yes. 

 

How long is a typical session? 

A therapy session usually lasts up to 50 min.  A testing session can last for up to 2 hrs, with one break given during that time.

 

Do you provide testing? 

Yes, we provide developmental assessments for young children.  For example, we provide testing to answer diagnostic questions including, but not limited to, “Does my child have Autism?” and testing for Early Entry to Kindergarten.

 

Do I need to complete any paperwork before my first appointment?

Depending on the type of appointment, you may be asked to complete and send in paperwork prior to your appointment.  For instance, if you request testing for your child, you may be asked to complete a comprehensive questionnaire prior to the testing sessions.

 

Do you have a particular theoretical orientation that treatment is based upon? 

Yes.  We have come a long way since the days of Freud.  Most psychologists no longer blame the mother for each thing that goes wrong in a person’s life.  Rather, at Harborside Wellbeing, PLLC, we treat each person as an individual and look at therapy from an integrative or whole person approach.  That means that no one therapy method fits all people.  The type of therapy that is used is tailored to the person and takes into consideration the difficulties they face. 

 

One type of therapy that is used frequently at Harborside Wellbeing, PLLC, is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).  CBT is helpful in alleviating symptoms of depression, anxiety, behavioral problems and other difficulties in children and adults.  For instance, CBT is considered the gold standard when it comes to treating insomnia.  It's so effective, the American College of Physicians recommended it May 2016 as the first therapy to try.  CBT improves all aspects of sleep, including how fast people fall asleep, how long they sleep, and how well rested they feel.  CBT is one example of several therapies used, with a high success rate, at Harborside Wellbeing, PLLC.

 

What payment types do you accept? 

Cash, credit card or personal check at time of service.  Harborside Wellbeing, PLLC, is an out-of-network provider.  This means we do not have contracts with health insurance carriers.  Although we do not have contracts with insurance carriers, we will provide you with a receipt at the time of service that you may submit to your insurance company.  Since we are out-of-network you may not receive full reimbursement from your insurance company.  Because of this we, encourage you to contact your insurance carrier before receiving services so you are informed regarding your level of coverage. 

 

 Do you offer a reduced or sliding scale fee?

 Yes.  If payment stands in the way of you coming in for services, please ask about the reduced fee policy.  You will be asked to complete paperwork that determines if you qualify for a reduced fee.  Please note that an insurance claim cannot be filed for services received at a reduced fee (per regulations provided by the United States Government Accountability Office.)  Harborside Wellbeing, PLLC ,offers FREE informational Lunchtime Topics once a month because we know that not everyone can afford therapy, but we would like you to have access to information that can change your life for the better.