How long would my sessions be?
Typically, sessions run between 50-60 minutes. I offer
30 minute sessions and 1 1/2 hours sessions, as well.
How frequently would my sessions be scheduled?
At first, I like to see new clients 1x per week. This will
allow us to get to know each other and give you time to
get comfortable. After 3 or so sessions, we may
decrease your frequency to every other week. This will
depend on several factors. If you were in crisis, are
you feeling better, safer, more stable? Would
continuing weekly sessions accelerate the benefits of
the psychotherapy or coaching? Would weekly
sessions help keep you motivated?
Is therapy like what I see on T.V.? Do I lay on a couch
and talk for the entire hour while you just listen and
nod your head?
The media often gives us a wrong picture of what
psychotherapy is about. Yes, I have a couch. And
you may lay on it if you would like. But you don't have
to. Actually, the office is more like sitting in a cozy
living room, where you and I will talk together. I tend
to be more directive and active in the process,
providing feedback and encouraging you to engage in
discussions that will lead you to better understand
yourself, discover the beliefs you hold that may be
interfering in your emotional, mental, spiritual. and/or
sexual growth and are contributing to your problems.
What is sex therapy? Is there sex involved?
Some people believe that sex therapy involves sexual
activity between client and therapist. This is not true.
Often people confuse sex therapists with sex
surrogates. Sex surrogacy, which is not legal in the
Florida, does involve sexual activity and is only legal
in a few states.
The State of Florida requires that Sex Therapists be
licensed as a psychotherapist (LMHC, LCSW, LMFT,
Lic. Psychologist, or MD) and have completed
additional advanced, post graduate training in Clinical
Sexology. This training allows us to have frank
discussions about your sexual issues, diagnosis
sexual disorders and help you restore a healthy,
satisfying sex life. Additionally, sex therapists are
more prepared to work with issues related to sexual
orientation and gender, sexual abuse and sexual
compulsivity (addiction). Click here to learn more....
Will my insurance cover the fee?
Your health insurance pays for medical treatment that
they consider is "medically necessary". Some
psychiatric diagnoses fall into this category -- for
example, major depression, bi-polar disorder, anxiety
and panic disorders. In order to use your health
insurance the medical provider will need to diagnose
you with a psychiatric disorder. Additionally, if you
choose to use your insurance your insurance
company does have to right to access your records
(though this occurs infrequently).
Some services are not covered:
| Counseling/psychotherapy for persons who |
|do not have a medical diagnosis.|
| Life Coaching services|
| Some sex therapy services|
If you would like to use your insurance please call
|your insurance company and inquiry about your out-|
of-network benefits, deductibles and co-pays. If you
would like more information please call me and I will
be happy to talk with you further. 877-570-3632
Lynne Angela Santiago, MS, LMHC
Licensed Psychotherapy & Consulting Services
609 S. Himes Avenue ~ Tampa ~ Florida ~ 33609
What are the fees?
I believe that all persons deserve the right to access
quality therapy services, however, I also understand
that these services may be out of reach for some due
to financial limitations.
To help with this, I offer a couple of options to
motivated clients. First, I offer a sliding scale based
on income. That is, after your first evaluation
appointment, your fee can be adjusted based on
income. Secondly, I offer additional discounts to
people who purchase 'session packages'.
If you would like more information please call me and I
will be happy to talk with you further. 877-570-3632