Creating a Safe Space For Your Growth

We provide evidence-based therapy for individuals, couples, and families challenged by mental health, addiction, and relationship issues in Salt Lake City. Our practice is defined by three core principles: Competence, Compassion, and Collaboration.

We are committed to competent care by ensuring providers are professionally licensed, practice evidence-based therapy models, and participate in ongoing training and education. We are grounded in compassion as we strive to listen, understand, lift, and empower in a non-judgmental and confidential environment. Lastly, we collaborate with you to identify your goals to create a plan of healing specific to your needs. We also collaborate with other professionals to provide a spectrum of holistic treatment. We are passionate about our work and are committed to helping you find enduring happiness and strength.

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For help with postpartum depression and women’s issues, visit our partner clinic: The Healing Group

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Understanding the Therapy Process

Therapy can be a truly transformative process that can lead to tremendous growth and wellness! You may seek therapy to address your needs proactively or to manage current difficulties such as life transitions, relationship issues, bereavement, identity concerns and beyond. Therapy is an investment of time, willingness and collaboration. As you are feeling ready to reach out for support, it’s important for you to feel informed about the therapy process. There’s a few things to know, especially if you’re new to this.

Credentials

All therapists (sometimes also known as counselors) must have proper licenses to practice. As with all health care providers, therapists must complete advanced graduate degrees in one of the main counseling concentrations; clinical social work, mental health counseling, marriage & family therapy or psychology. Upon degree completion, therapists must also complete the requirements to be licensed in the state of their practice. Some actively practicing therapists are provisionally licensed for the first two years after degree completion, and they must be supervised by an advanced clinician. Credentials such as AMFT, CSW and ACMHC indicate provisional licenses.

Therapists who are fully licensed will carry slightly different credentials such as LCSW, CMHC, MFT (LMFT), LPC or PhD. This indicates that they have completed advanced hours and board examination to be fully licensed by the state in which they practice.

Specialties

Therapists may specialize in certain issues or populations. This is based on their education and training as well as any additional licenses or credentials they may carry. You may benefit from a therapist who specializes in your specific needs.

Theoretical Approach

Therapists share similar overall theories based on researched models of what helps people with their psychological and emotional health. However, your therapist may ascribe to specific theoretical approaches, all of which will be based on scientifically supported methods. Therapists follow a specific theory or theories based on what they believe supports growth and change. It may be helpful to ask your therapist to explain their theoretical approach to determine the best fit for you.

Therapist Gender and Religious Affiliation

Sometimes people feel safer with a therapist who is a male or female. It is also common for clients to prefer a therapist with certain beliefs or lifestyle practices. This may be a consideration for you in finding the best fit, and you can inquire about these issues with prospective therapists.

Insurance and Fees

Private Pay:  If you are not using your insurance to pay for your therapy (private pay) you’ll need to inquire about rates with your therapist. In Salt Lake City, standard rates can vary from $85 to $150 per session and above depending on the service and the credentials of the therapist. Some providers offer “sliding scale” services that are set based on your ability to pay. It is important to ask prospective therapists if they offer this option should that be a concern for you.

Superbill:  Many therapists provide a “Superbill”, which is a summary of services with applicable billing codes and receipt of payment for the client to submit to their insurance company for personal reimbursement.

In-Network Providers:  If your therapist is “in-network” with an insurance, it means they have been accepted credentialed by the insurance company as a preferred provider for that plan. In-network services may come with a copayment which you’ll need to make at the time of each session. Copays can range from $0-$45+ and are based on your plan.

Out-of-Network Providers:  Some insurance plans will pay a percentage or reduced amount for services by a provider who is “out-of-network”, meaning they have not been credentialed by the insurance company.  Payment is based on several factors, including whether or not you have met your yearly deductible.

Deductibles:  Your deductible is the base limit of investment you must make in your medical costs before your insurance will cover services at a higher level (often 80% of total costs of care.) Deductibles can range from as little as $0 to as much as several thousand dollars per year. Sometimes you can pay for your therapy upfront and receive a statement which you can submit to your insurance for partial reimbursement.

HSA:  Some plans include Health Savings Accounts (HSA’s) that can be used to pay for all healthcare services regardless of in-network or out-of-network qualifiers.

 

It is critical that you understand your insurance plan and the limitations of what they will cover. Ultimately, no provider can guarantee that your plan will cover services, and you’ll benefit from contacting your insurance proactively to be best informed. It is also important to ask if your therapist is in or out-of-network.

Consultations

At Red Willow we provide a free 15-minute initial phone consultation to support you in determining if our therapists are a good fit for your needs. A consultation can be a great opportunity to ask questions of your potential therapist before scheduling an intake (first session) appointment.

The Therapeutic Relationship

Studies have shown that the most effective factor in therapy is the relationship you forge with your therapist and the effect that has in supporting your growth. Although there may be many variables included in finding the best fit, above all else you have the right to seek a therapist with whom you can establish a safe and validating relationship. Our therapists are committed to creating collaborative, conscious relationships with their clients so you will find a safe space with us.