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How to Find Therapists & Psychologists in the Boston Area
How to find psychologists in Boston
There are several online databases that help people find psychologists in Boston. If you are looking for a psychologist who is in-network with your insurance provider, you can contact your insurance company to access their list of covered psychologists. Most psychologists offer a free initial call, so take advantage of that to ensure a great fit! (Here’s what to expect on your initial call with a therapist.).
How can I find child psychologists in Boston?When looking for a child psychologist, check for specific training in working with children, including therapy techniques like play therapy and sand tray therapy, as well as expertise in topics like behavioral challenges and school related issues. If you are seeking medications for a child, seek a child and adolescent psychiatrist. Here is where you can find child psychiatrists in Boston on Zencare!
Does insurance cover therapy?
Yes, most health insurance plans cover some or all of the cost of therapy for in-network therapists. To check if a provider is covered by your insurance, contact both the therapist and your insurance provider to make sure the therapist is in-network with your insurance provider.
If your health insurance covers therapy sessions, you may only need to pay a copay at each session. Typical copays for therapy in Boston are between $20 and $40. If you have a high deductible plan, you would pay the full session fee until you reach the deductible amount and your health insurance benefits apply. Unfortunately, however, due to low pay, paperwork needed, and privacy reasons, many therapists are not in-network with health insurances.
How do I find out if a therapist takes my insurance?
The best way to find out if a therapist accepts your insurance is to contact both your insurance provider and the therapist to ensure you get the most up-to-date and accurate information.
How much does therapy in Boston cost?
Therapy in Boston on average costs between $80 and $150 per session, if you are paying out-of-pocket. If you are looking to have the costs of therapy covered by your insurance, you can look for a provider who is in-network with your insurance company, meaning you will likely only pay a copay of $20-$40 on average. If your therapist is not in-network with your health insurance, but your insurance plan offers out-of-network benefits, your therapist may be able to reimburse you for some of the costs.
Additionally, some therapists offer a sliding-scale, meaning they offer lower rates based on your economic means and income.
How do I find affordable therapists in Boston?
The most affordable way to access therapy is by finding a provider who is in-network with your insurance.
If you do find a therapist you feel would be a good fit, but who doesn’t take your insurance, ask if they offer a sliding-fee scale that would lower the cost per session, based on your economic resources and ability to pay.
What is sliding scale therapy?
A sliding scale refers to the range of fees that therapists charge per session. If a therapist or psychologist offers a sliding scale, this means they may to adjust their fees per session, based on the client’s income or ability to pay.
What is the difference between a therapist, psychologist, counselor, and psychiatrist?
Therapists, psychologists, counselors, and psychiatrists differ in the training they receive prior to receiving their professional title and licensure, as well as their methods of treating mental health conditions.
Psychiatrist and psychiatric nurse practitioners are licensed to prescribe medication for mental health issues, while counselors, therapists, and psychologists utilize non-medication treatment techniques to address mental health. Read more here!
Do any psychiatrists in Boston take insurance?
Yes, many psychiatrists in Boston take insurance. To learn more about which psychiatrists are covered by your insurance, contact both your insurance provider and the psychiatrist to confirm they are an in-network provider.
Can a therapist diagnose you?
Yes, therapists are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional health challenges. Your therapist will work with you to understand your mental health background, and provide a diagnosis where appropriate. If the therapist is being paid through insurance, a diagnosis is mandatory for payment from the insurance company. The therapist may use a combination of diagnostic tools and assessments, including the DSM-V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), self-assessment intake forms, and by learning about your history of mental health during the first few sessions. Some conditions such as Autism, ADHD, and learning disabilities require further assessment by a psychologist, neurologist, or physician to provide a complete diagnosis.