FAQ

Are you offering therapy online?
As of March 2020, all therapy sessions are being conducted via secure video and phone platforms, due to COVID-19 health precautions. Some people find that virtual therapy is more accessible and convenient for their schedules. Let me know if you would like to set up a free consultation to learn more.

Do you accept health insurance?
I do not participate with insurance, so I would be considered an out-of-network provider. If you have out-of-network benefits you want to use, 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 and ask the following questions:

  • 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)
  • 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?

What is your fee?
The fee for an individual psychotherapy session is $175. I accept credit/debit cards and health insurance FSA/HSA cards. I often have reduced-fee appointments available, depending on financial need, so please let me know if that is something you’d like to consider. If you need a lower fee than I can offer, I can try to help you find other options, and you can check this list of sliding scale clinics near Philadelphia.

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 are feeling well and are ready to stop. Our work together is always tailored to your unique situation, so please contact me to discuss your goals.

I have never tried therapy before; what should I expect?
I offer a free consultation (typically this is done over the phone, and lasts about 20 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 therapy session, and we’ll come up with a treatment plan together. You may find the following articles helpful: how to find a therapist; how therapy can help you manage stress during COVID; resources for well-being during this time.

Where is your office?
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.