Allison Johanson, LCSW
I believe that while I am an expert in the field, you are the only expert in you. Because of this belief, I will ask questions, and encourage you to do the same.
I hope to make this process as comfortable as it can be and understand that it's impossible to make it completely comfortable. Heck, I am uncomfortable when I go to therapy, and I am a therapist.
I like to know what to expect, so I try my best to explain the steps of the process so that you too can understand what to expect .
While therapy is often a very serious process, I welcome humor and authenticity where it is appropriate. Sometimes you might even hear a few 4 letter words, feel free to do the same.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is your availability?
I have opening Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday during the day ( My evenings are currently booked, but I am happy to add you to a wait list.) I am able to schedule first appointments as soon as the following week. I will have some availability on Friday starting in January.
What is the best way to reach you between sessions?
I am available via phone on week days. There is also secure messaging via my consumer portal. The link is sent to you before our first appointment.
How long will therapy take?
The average amount of time to reach a goal is 3-6 months, however this can be shorter or longer depending on the person, their goals, and their history.
What is therapy really like?
I will start by saying TV therapist are crap ( in my professional opinion). There is no chaise lounge and a person behind a note pad doodling . We will get to know each other and build a safe environment. I will explain the types of therapy and how they can fit you and your goals. You have the option to decide how much you would like to share and when. I may be an expert in the field but you are the only expert in you, so I encourage open dialogue. We will discuss skills to meet your goals and discuss ways in which you can improve to be the best you.
What Insurance do you take?
I am currently able to take Cigna, United, Medicaid and some EAP insurances. I recommend that you call your insurance company before meeting to find out what your coverage is regarding psychotherapy. If you are with another insurance provider I am happy to supply information needed for out of network billing if this is available to you. Some clients chose not to use their insurance because it maintains a higher level of privacy. Insurance companies require a diagnosis for services, and have the right to audit files if they deem necessary. 90 minute session usually are not covered under insurance and can work faster and better in certain circumstances.
How much does it cost?
Individual, private pay, sessions are $150 for 55 minute sessions. 90 minute sessions can be helpful and are charged at 200$. Groups are 45$ a session when they are available and are typically 6-8 week sessions.