Main Street Clinical Associates, PA

Main Street Clinical Associates, PA

What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy involves talking to a therapist in a confidential setting about issues of importance to you. Clients utilize psychotherapy for a number of reasons. Some hope to alleviate psychological distress, to develop more effective coping skills, to find productive ways to negotiate challenges, and to improve their relationships. Others wish to work on managing their emotions more effectively or resolving issues from their childhood.

How do I choose a therapist?

Our professional therapists and psychiatrists have a wide range of training and experience, which leads each one to use different strategies to help clients reach their individual goals. You can choose providers directly after reviewing their web pages (accessed through the Our Staff page) where you will find information about our clinicians' background, training, specialties, and approaches to treatment. Prospective clients are encouraged to call a provider for a brief phone consultation regarding your needs, scheduling preferences, and other questions you may have.

If you would like assistance in being referred to a therapist or psychiatrist, you can call our referral line at (919) 286-3454 ext. 150 where you can leave your name, a brief description of your needs, and a return phone number. One of our clinicians will return your call to discuss your concerns and to help you find an available therapist who can best address your needs.

How do I make a first appointment?

You can find our providers' contact information by looking on the Our Staff page where their voicemail extensions are located. Each clinician makes appointments with clients directly.

Do I really need therapy? I usually handle my own problems…

One of the key benefits of therapy is to have a safe and confidential place to discuss issues that you may not wish to discuss with others. A trained professional therapist can offer effective treatment to address a complex array of mental health issues, personal and career problems, relationship concerns, and issues unique to each client.

How long do appointments last?

Psychotherapy sessions usually last 45-50 minutes. Psychiatrists meet with clients for varying time frames, depending on their clients' needs.

What can I expect at my first appointment?

The first appointment usually involves the clinician asking questions in order to obtain a better understanding of your concerns, the nature and severity of your problem or symptoms, and your goals, so that a treatment plan can be developed. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and schedule additional sessions.

How long does therapy last?

The length of time someone participates in therapy varies, but generally treatment will continue until you feel that you have reached the goals that you and your therapist agreed upon.

What if I need medication?

If someone's symptoms and level of distress are interfering with their daily life, a medical evaluation may be helpful. You may request a medication evaluation directly from one of our psychiatrists or discuss this option with your therapist. If one of our psychiatrists is unavailable, we would be glad to help you locate another psychiatrist in the community.

Will my health insurance cover the cost of therapy?

Most insurance plans cover therapy. However we recommend you call your insurance company directly to learn about your specific benefits as our providers are on various insurance panels. For more information, please visit our Before Your First Visit page on this website.

Please note that we do not file for out of network benefits but will provide a statement for you to file to your insurance company for reimbursement.