FAQ

Where is your office?
My office is located just outside Philadelphia, at the Bryn Mawr Center for Psychological and Educational Services. The address is 100 Chetwynd Drive, Suite 200, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010. The Bryn Mawr Center is a group of independent psychologists seeing people of all ages (children and adults), and I am fortunate to work alongside such wonderful colleagues. 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. If stairs might pose a problem for you, please let me know so that we can make other arrangements.

Do you accept health insurance?
I do not accept insurance, so I am considered an out-of-network provider by insurance companies. If you have out-of-network benefits you want to use, I can provide paperwork for you to submit. Each health plan is different, so you may want to ask your insurance company to explain the details of your plan’s benefits.

What is your fee?
The fee for individual psychotherapy is $175. I accept several forms of payment including cash, checks, credit or debit cards, and health insurance FSA/HSA cards. I am sometimes able to offer a sliding scale (reduced) fee depending on financial need, so please let me know if that is something you’d like to consider.

Do I need a medical 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 as well as your emotional well-being. I would be glad to answer your questions related to referrals, healthcare, and diagnosis, so feel free to get in touch with me.

How long and how often would we meet for therapy?
Generally, first sessions take one hour, and subsequent sessions usually last 45-55 minutes. I encourage meeting weekly in order to build and maintain momentum for learning and growth. However, therapy is not one-size-fits-all, so please contact me to discuss your specific goals.

I have never tried therapy before; what should I expect?
First, we will meet for a free consultation via phone or video 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. During initial sessions, I usually ask people to describe their current and recent experiences, struggles, and goals, and then we come up with a plan together. If you have more specific questions about this process, please feel free to let me know. For additional information, you may find the following resources helpful: how to find a therapist; how therapy can help you manage stress related to COVID-19; therapy and other resources for well-being during the pandemic.

I have other questions; what is the best way to reach 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 would be happy to set up your free consultation. I look forward to hearing from you.