:Q:  What is psychotherapy?

A:   Psychotherapy refers to a range of treatments that can help with mental health problems, emotional challenges, and some psychiatric conditions. It aims to enable patients to understand their feelings, and what makes them feel positive, anxious, depressed, or conflicted. By understanding these inner processes, psychotherapy offers to equip a person to cope with difficult situations in a more healthy and adaptive way. 

Q: What is the difference between a psychotherapist and a psychiatrist?

A: A Psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness, including substance abuse disorders. Psychiatrists have attended medical school and completed their residency in Psychiatry, and are qualified to assess both the mental and physical aspects of psychological problems. Psychiatrists hold a medical license from their state of practice and are also qualified to prescribe medication if needed. A psychotherapist interacts with patients to initiate change in the patient's thoughts, feelings, and behavior through adaptation. A licensed psychotherapist obtains a master's degree or doctorate in a chosen mental health field, and provides treatment in individual and/or group settings. Both master's and doctoral level psychotherapists undergo a supervised clinical residency, and are licensed, certified, or registered by a government agency to which they are accountable.

Q: Do you take insurance?

​A: We understand and appreciate the benefits and importance of health insurance for medical issues. We are considered out-of-network providers for PPO plans. Please be advised that many psychological problems and disorders require comprehensive and specialized care.  More often than not, insurance companies have a maximum number of sessions that they will cover in a year, and often require treatment updates and answers to questions  that even people closest to the patient do not know. In addition, the maximum number of sessions allowed on the majority of policies is often just a fraction of the time needed to fully resolve psychological issues. Patients with eating disorders, personality disorders, and chronic mood disorder are often "cut off" or denied further coverage far too early, which can cause further stress and exacerbate these mental health issues. Because we are human beings, the length of time needed for therapy varies by individual. We believe that decisions about your mental health care should be decided by you and your therapist and/or psychiatrist who knows you well inside and out, and not by physicians, nurses, and therapists employed by health insurance companies whom you've never even met. 

Although we are considered an out-of-network provider for PPO plans and will provide you with what is often referred to as a "SuperBill" or receipt that can be submitted for possible reimbursement according to your policy, we also believe it is important for you to understand how insurance works for mental health disorders BEFORE you decide to submit claims to your insurance. Many people are unaware of the risks involved by using their medical insurance for mental health services. In order to use your medical insurance, you must be given a mental disorder diagnosis which will then become listed on your medical records. This can potentially cause problems later when you may be asked,  "Have you ever been treated for a psychiatric condition or mental illness?” on a job application or when applying for health or life insurance. 

Inner Harmony Therapy is founded on the idea of offering highly trained clinicians who value empathy, expertise, and authenticity as imperative to healing from psychological pain, uncompromised by the boundaries or limitations of traditional insurance based care. We want to help you heal, not cause you more stress or problems later. That is why we strongly value and encourage you to make an fully informed decision whether or not to use your medical insurance for psychological issues. 

Inner Harmony Therapy

Therapist, Psychiatrist, Nutritionist in Claremont

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