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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

We love that our clients tend to be intelligent, motivated people- and those types of people often have questions!  Here is a list of popular questions, along with contact information for office staff in case you have even more questions.  Ask away!

1. Do you take insurance?
2. What is the cost of therapy?
3. When are your therapists available?
4. What is the approach to therapy at Saavedra Psychology?
5. How often would I come to therapy? How long would therapy last?
6. Are there issues you don’t treat?
7. Did you know online therapy is now being reimbursed by insurance?
8. What if I have more questions?

1. Do you take insurance?

Aetna and United HealthCare are the only two accepted plans.

2. What is the cost of therapy?

$125 for the Initial Consultation, $125 for Couples Therapy, $95 for Individual Therapy, $150 for Clinical Hypnosis.

3. When are you available?

I am available from Tuesday-Saturday (appointments only)  since we understand that many busy people need a therapist on the weekends. We have appointments available throughout the day starting at 10: AM and ending at 5:00 pm. We can discuss a mutual time that works best for you

4. What is your approach to therapy?

I tailor the approach to each client’s needs.  Generally speaking, there are two main approaches to therapy: The first is Cognitive-Behavioral, which involves very structured and targeted interventions to change specific things like thought patterns or problematic behaviors.  The second is Psychodynamic, which involves a more open-ended and exploratory approach.  For many clients, a balance of both approaches works best: For example a person with relationship issues might need to look into their history in an exploratory way to see how the problem developed in the past, and then use that insight to choose the best CBT intervention to deliberately reshape the patterns that are causing stress in the current situation.  

5. How often would I come to therapy?  How long would therapy last?

That depends on your reason for coming to therapy.  I want you to come as often as is best for your situation.  Some clients come every week, and others come less frequently.  Very occasionally, some clients come twice in a week if they have had a particular issue such as a break-up or some other reason they need extra support that week.  Similarly, some clients need only short-term therapy because their issue requires only a few new skills that are easy to learn and implement.  In other situations, a client might need more sessions to explore how their personal history led to the patterns they want to change.  Learning new skills and gaining insights are processes that can happen quickly or more slowly, depending on the situation.  Some clients want to move as quickly as possible and need only 3-6 sessions, while others need slightly more, and some clients feel that ongoing appointments help them to maintain gains or identify new areas for growth.  I don't want to rush the therapeutic process, but also don’t want to keep you in therapy for longer than you need or want. 

6. Are there issues you don’t treat?

Yes. I specialize in anxiety, relationships, self-esteem, personal and professional goal attainment, depression, and non-physical anger management– and we get very good results with the areas above because we limit our focus to these specific areas of expertise. I don’t treat eating disorders that have become a medical concern, such as being dangerously underweight or loss of menstrual cycle. I limit my focus only to areas where I have skills and expertise to work with a great deal of confidence, and I refer everything else out to experts in other areas. If you’re searching for a therapist, interview potential therapists and ask them to tell you about their education and experience with your issue so you can feel comfortable that you are in therapy with someone who has the background to offer you the best!

7. Why should you choose David Saavedra?

– If you’re seeking true expertise: Mr. Saavedra's gold standard academic and professional credentials reflect specialized knowledge and expertise that help discriminating clients to build trust and feel at ease. Mr. Saavedra's compassionate, goal-oriented approach make Marriage & Family Wellness Center a great fit for clients who want an intelligent, professional approach to facilitate high-quality results. Many clients feel their time is their most precious resource; this prompts them to seek top-notch advice or support from established experts like David Saavedra .