Answers to Your Most Frequently Asked Questions
Do you only treat eating disorders?
Absolutely not! While we are thrilled to be so well-known for our specialized work with eating disorder populations, A New Beginning’s therapists are seasoned therapists and psychologists who are exceptionally skilled and work extensively with most other populations and disorders.
Can I ever completely recover from my eating disorder?
Yes! Yes! Yes! Did we say, “Yes!”
Somewhere along the way, the very unfortunate myth that once you had an eating disorder, you were destined to fight that eating disorder for the rest of your life, was born. At A New Beginning, we know that this myth is just that, a myth.
Over the past 25 plus years, we have had the absolute joy of seeing innumerous clients FULLY recover. Within our center, the walls are lined with beautiful, uplifting and inspirational “recovery stories,” projects and pictures that prove time and time again that absolute, lasting recovery is possible!
What is a “treatment team?”
A treatment team is a group of professionals working together with the same client who are all helping you achieve the same goal. Members of a treatment team may all work at the same center and know each other very well, like the expert team at A New Beginning; other times, clients may create a treatment team of professionals who do not necessarily know each other but who maintain ongoing communication as to your progress.
Ideally, a treatment team for a person with an eating disorder includes, but is not limited to, the following qualified professionals:
- Therapist: focuses on the mental health (e.g., diagnostic, psychological, emotional) issues associated with an eating disorder; this person likely will conduct individual therapy with the person affected by the eating disorder and may recommend additional therapy services (e.g., couple, family, group) when appropriate.
- Dietitian: creates an individualized nutrition plan that will help a person restore their physical health after experiencing an eating disorder; monitors physical complications that may arise while rebuilding a “normal” eating routine.
- Psychiatrist: diagnoses the eating disorder and may recommend specific medication to help ease symptoms of bulimia, binge eating, or other mental health issues (e.g. anxiety, depression, PTSD).
- Physician: monitors the physical health of a person recovering from an eating disorder, conducts appropriate blood work tests to ensure a safe recovery.
What is the frequency and length of treatment?
This is an understandable, but difficult, question to answer. Due to the broad range of difficulties that bring individuals into treatment, it is nearly impossible to quote exact length of treatment. Similarly, every client’s therapy schedule is different and depends on the presenting severity, type of disorder and needs of the client. Having said that, at the end of your initial assessment evaluation, your therapist will be able to summarize your likely course of therapy as well as make treatment recommendations related to frequency and therapeutic schedule.
Do you prescribe medication?
No, not directly. While we recognize that medication treatment is oftentimes an efficacious, supplemental part of psychological care, A New Beginning does not have a psychiatrist on staff and, therefore, does not directly prescribe medication. If medication treatment is indicated, A New Beginning will refer you to a well-matched psychiatrist, psychiatric nurse practitioner and/or primary care physician in the community and will coordinate treatment with this professional.
Do you take insurance?
Yes and No. Perhaps the most frequently asked question of prospective clients, the answer to this question is “yes” and “no.”
While approximately 80% of our clients successfully utilize their insurance to help pay for their treatment, A New Beginning no longer submits insurance billing directly through our office. Therefore, any client who wishes to use insurance to supplement payment must submit insurance billing themselves.
We work very hard to make this process as easy as possible for our clients. Upon request, A New Beginning will happily provide clients with a treatment invoice that includes: date(s) of service, service codes, diagnostic information, etc. required by your insurance company for payment. Clients can then submit this billing directly to their insurance carrier to receive payment directly back from insurance. As a result, we request that full payment for your service be made at time of service.
In today’s world of changing benefits, we strongly recommend that all prospective clients contact their insurance company to ensure they are fully aware of their level of insurance coverage.
How much does treatment cost?
At A New Beginning, each client’s treatment plan will be different, depending on their specific psychological needs. Therefore, the cost of your specific treatment will vary accordingly. In addition, there is a slight range of therapeutic rates among our team’s providers, that are influenced by the years of experience and educational degree of each of our specialists. Specific therapy session rates can easily be quoted once you have decided upon a specific therapeutic member of our team. Similarly, at the end of the initial assessment process, your therapist will go over recommended services and associated rates so that the cost of your treatment is absolutely clear and readily understood.