FAQ

Are you offering therapy remotely?
Yes, in light of Covid-19 health precautions, I am offering therapy via secure video and phone platforms (also called “telehealth”). Let me know if you would like to set up a free consultation to discuss this option.

Do you accept health insurance?
I do not participate with insurance, so I am considered an out-of-network provider. If you have out-of-network insurance benefits, I can provide customized receipts for you to send to your insurance. Some people find it helpful to use apps like Better and Reimbursify to submit receipts. If you’re unsure about your benefits, I encourage you to call your insurance company and ask the following:

  • Does my plan include out-of-network behavioral health benefits?
  • If so, is there a deductible? What is it?
  • What is the “allowable rate” for psychotherapy with a doctoral-level psychologist? Is the rate different for telehealth appointments, and if so, what is that rate?
  • What percentage of the allowable rate will be reimbursed?
  • Is there a limit on the number of sessions I can attend in a given time period using out-of-network benefits?
  • What is the process for submitting out-of-network receipts?

How does payment work?
I accept credit/debit cards as well as Flexible Spending Account and Health Savings Account cards.

My finances are very limited; are there other ways to get support?
I believe everyone deserves access to good mental health care. If you are looking for a therapist but need a lower fee, I recommend contacting the Open Path Collective, the Human Services Center, or these therapy resources in the Philadelphia region.

Do I need a physician referral or diagnosis before I meet with you?
No referral or diagnosis is needed. In fact, most people can benefit from therapy at some point in their lives. Long-term stress and mood difficulties can be taxing for your immune system, so as we work together, we will be supporting your overall health. I would be glad to answer your questions related to referrals, healthcare, and diagnosis, so feel free to get in touch.

How long are sessions? How often will we meet?
Generally, first sessions last 60 minutes, and subsequent sessions last 45-55 minutes. I find that therapy is most effective in creating lasting change when we meet regularly. I usually meet with people once a week, and sometimes more often; we decide on a schedule together based on their goals. People usually meet with me until they feel ready to conclude our work. You are welcome to contact me to talk about this further.

I have never tried therapy before; what should I expect?
I offer a free telephone consultation (15-30 minutes) so that we can get to know each other and determine if your goals and my approach to therapy are a good match. If we decide to work together, I will send you some paperwork, and we will meet for a first session, and we’ll come up with a treatment plan together. You may find it helpful to read this guide to finding a therapist, or this article about the benefits of therapy during the pandemic.

What is the best way to contact you?
You can call me at (215) 839-3151, email me at sarah@drsarahscheckter.com, or send me a message – I welcome your questions and look forward to hearing from you.


Phone: (215) 839-3151 | Email: sarah@drsarahscheckter.com