Are sessions currently conducted in person? Due to COVID-19, we are operating both in-person and through a confidential video, tele-health application. We are continuing to accept patients from anywhere in Texas.
What are the benefits of group therapy? Group therapy can help struggling individuals find people to relate to, develop better communication skills, and improve socialization skills. It also allows the patient to increase their ability to express themselves in a clear and authentic way. This also opens the door for patients to get constructive feedback that may allow them to be more effective in their lives outside of the therapy environment.
Do you need a doctor's referral? No. You do not need a referral to attend our programs. We are able to conduct the initial pre-authorization with your insurance company in order to establish the medical necessity for your participation in our program. Are the sessions covered by insurance? We are an out-of-network provider for all insurance companies. It is important for you to contact your insurance company to make sure you have out-of-network mental health benefits which cover intensive outpatient programs (CPT code S9480). We do not submit billing invoices/paperwork to your insurance company. Patients need to submit invoices directly to their insurance company for reimbursement. Petoskey Center requires patients to pay upfront for their treatment and will provide patients with superbills/invoices that can be submit for reimbursement. Petoskey Center does not accept any payment directly from insurance companies. Insurance companies have stringent requirements for what constitutes medical necessity for any given treatment. Insurance companies view the IOP level of care as crisis intervention. Consequently, that often limits the time that they allow for patients to participate in IOP level of care. By contrast, we consider IOP level of care as an opportunity to work beyond crisis and into a more thorough management of patients’ mental health difficulties. Therefore, you may want to continue treatment with us beyond the time that your insurance agrees as medically necessary. Every six weeks we will collaborate with you to determine whether it makes sense to discharge or to continue for another 6 weeks. Do you prescribe medication? No. We do not prescribe medication, however we may suggest that you consult with a psychiatrist if we feel that medication could be a useful addition to your treatment regimen. Additionally, we are happy to collaborate with your psychiatrist or primary care physician to coordinate care. If you are in need of group therapy or intensive outpatient care (IOP) and you live in the greater Houston area — Sugarland, Katy, The Woodlands, Conroe, League City, Pearland, Bellaire, Richmond, or anywhere in Texas — we encourage you to contact our office today to schedule your initial intake assessment appointment!
What types of therapy are included in the Intensive Outpatient Program?
I. Mentalization-Based Therapy Mentalization based therapy or MBT, also has its roots in the treatment of borderline personality disorder. It’s described as a “common sense,” evidence-based approach to therapy. As the name suggests, MBT tasks the patient with understanding the inner workings of their minds and the minds of others. Specifically, mentalizing is the psychological process individuals use to understand emotions, beliefs, and other factors that impact interpersonal interactions. Whether you are conscious of it or not, mentalizing is a critical part of the human experience. If you find yourself frequently caught up in negative thought patterns or, making assumptions about yourself or others that don’t always pan out, MBT may be able to help you come to understand the world, yourself, and others more effectively.
II. Dialectical Behavior Therapy DBT is a type of cognitive behavioral therapy. This type of therapy has a few main goals, including: