Frequently Asked Questions
What should I expect during the first session?
The initial session is known as an intake appointment. It is different than a typical therapy session, in that it is primarily used for information gathering. During the first meeting, a case history is gathered, and an initial diagnostic assessment is completed. At the end of the appointment a treatment plan will be discussed, including frequency of sessions, methods of intervention, and therapeutic goals. Office policies and procedures, including patient confidentiality, are also reviewed.
How do I know if this is the right therapist for me?
Choosing a therapist is a very personal decision. The first appointment is an opportunity for you to ask questions in order to help determine if the therapist is a good fit. It is important to take your time in choosing a therapist, as most studies show that the fit between the client and therapist is a very important predictor of therapeutic success.
How long does therapy usually last?
Each therapeutic situation is different, and so the length of treatment cannot be estimated from the onset. The success of therapy is related to the work that is done collaboratively during regularly scheduled sessions, as well as that which is done independently between appointments. For some, six months following an acute stressor (e.g., end of relationship, loss) suffices, while for others who are looking to change long established behavioral and thought patterns, the process may take longer.
What are typical office hours?
Although hours may vary, appointments are usually scheduled on Monday and Tuesday evenings between 4:00 and 8:00, and occasionally on Saturday mornings.
Is therapy covered by insurance?
Dr. Judge currently accepts Capital District Physician's Health Plan (CDPHP) and Blue Shield of Northeastern New York. Your insurance claim will be filed, but you are responsible for deductibles, co-insurance, and co-payments. Please take time to familiarize yourself with your insurance benefits.
What if my insurance is not accepted?
Out of network benefits and private pay options are also available. If you are seeking reimbursement from your insurer, an itemized receipt (superbill) can be provided following each appointment.
What forms of payment are accepted?
Cash and checks are accepted. Payment is due at the time of the appointment. There is a $30.00 returned check fee. Checks should be made payable to Jennifer Judge, Psy.D.
Is therapy confidential?
Information discussed in therapy is legally protected as both confidential and "privileged." This information may not be disclosed to anyone without written permission. This consent can be withdrawn at any time in writing. There are some specific exceptions to confidentiality, which are outlined in the Notice of Privacy Practices on the 'forms' page. Limits to confidentiality include an immediate threat of self harm to self or other, suspicion of child or dependent elder abuse, or in the case of a subpoena. This information will be reviewed during the intake session.