grief loss transition faqFrequently Asked Questions of The Center for Grief, Loss & Transition

Q: What can I expect at my first appointment?

  1. The first 1-3 sessions are the assessment period, when you and the therapist work together to determine how therapy could be helpful. During this time, the therapist may also recommend additional services, such as a psychiatric assessment, a routine physical, or group therapy.
  2. The therapist will gather information about your reasons for seeking therapy, the history of your concern, current stressors, relationships and supports, and what you’re hoping to gain from therapy.
  3. You will have a chance to learn more about the Center, the therapist, the process of psychotherapy, and ask any questions you may have.
  4. You and the therapist will work collaboratively to identify your goals for therapy.

Q: What do the letters after my therapist’s name mean?

These letters can refer to educational degrees:

  • MA – Master of Arts
  • MFT – Master of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • MSW – Master of Social WorkPhD – Doctor of Philosophy
  • PsyD – Doctor of Psychology

Or to professional licenses:

  • LAMFT – Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, practicing under supervision of another independently licensed provider
  • LMFT – Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • LGSW – Licensed Graduate Social Worker, practicing under the supervision of another independently licensed provider
  • LICSW – Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
  • LPCC – Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
  • LP –Licensed Psychologist

Q: How do I know if I’m ready for a group?

The Center for Grief, Loss & Transition provides several options for therapy groups facilitated by trained therapists. Before joining a group, you will be asked to meet individually with the therapist leading the group to determine readiness and fit. In most cases, we recommend at least some individual therapy prior to beginning a therapy group. Individual therapy allows a person more space to work with the many reactions, often big and intense, that come up after a loss, whereas a group setting is a space shared by several people. Individual processing of a loss is therefore limited in a group setting.

In order to receive the most benefit from a therapy group, we consider the following guidelines: the person is ready and able to talk about their loss; the person has skills to manage the feelings that come up when discussing the loss or listening to others’ stories; the person has expectations and goals that are reasonable and specific for a group therapy setting.

Q: What should I do if I need to cancel my appointment?

If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, we ask for a 24+ hour notice. If you cancel less than 24 hours before your scheduled appointment or miss your appointment, you will be charged a fee of $75. Please note that this fee is NOT covered by your insurance. To cancel or reschedule your appointment, you may leave a voicemail for your therapist and can find your therapist’s direct number here (hyperlink to “meet the team” page). You may also call Stacy Scanlon, the office manager, at 651-641-0177.

Q: Can I use my health insurance?

FamilyMeans is in-network with most major insurance companies. Not all therapists at the Center are in-network providers with all insurance companies, so you are encouraged to check with your insurance to be sure they are in-network. Stacy Scanlon, Office Manager, can also help to answer this question.

Most insurance plans cover outpatient mental health treatment. To learn more about what your plan covers and if you have a copay, coinsurance, or deductible, call the customer service number on the back of your insurance card. You may also speak with Stacy Scanlon, Office Manager, at 651-641-0177 with questions. Familymeans offers a sliding fee based on income for those without insurance.

Q: Can my therapist prescribe medication?

Although your therapist cannot prescribe medication, your therapist can work with you to determine whether it would be helpful to be evaluated for medication. Your therapist can also help get you connected with a psychiatric provider.

Q: Where can I park?

There is free two hour parking on Grand Ave in front of the Center. There is also a small lot behind the Center that can be accessed be turning into the alley on Lexington or Dunlap.

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Grief can take many forms. Are you grieving or going through a difficult transition? We specialize in grief, trauma and life transition.


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