FAQ

Are you offering therapy online?
Due to COVID-19 health precautions, I am currently offering all therapy sessions online, via secure video and phone platforms (also called “telehealth”). Let me know if you would like to set up a free consultation to learn more about the services I offer.

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 submit. 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 and Health Savings account payments. My fees vary depending on the services provided, so please contact me to discuss your situation. I sometimes have reduced-fee appointments available, depending on financial need, so please let me know if you’d like to discuss that option as well. If you need a lower fee than I can offer, you might consider these 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 if we are meeting at least once a week, because that maintains momentum and maximizes learning and growth. People usually meet with me until they feel ready to conclude our work. You are welcome to contact me to discuss your goals.

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.

Where is your office?
Although I am currently offering all therapy services online, my office is located at the Bryn Mawr Center for Psychological and Educational Services at 100 Chetwynd Drive, Suite 200, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Parking is free and easily accessible, with a large parking lot next to the building. My office is on the second floor, which requires climbing a flight of carpeted stairs.

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.

100 Chetwynd Drive, Suite 200, Bryn Mawr, PA
(215) 839-3151 | sarah@drsarahscheckter.com