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Especially if you’re new to therapy, you may have lots of questions about how it works. Here are answers to some common questions. Got more? Let’s talk.

What is therapy?

Therapy is an opportunity to explore issues to help a person identify and change troubling emotions, thoughts, and behaviors.

Can therapy be helpful to me?

Choosing to get professional support is a significant decision and an important step in increasing overall well-being and life satisfaction. The reasons for starting therapy vary greatly. They can include life transitions, sadness or worry, relationship difficulties, old patterns, low self-esteem, spiritual crises, new self-awareness, and loss. Therapy is also helpful for specific concerns such as anxiety, depression, gender identity, trauma, abuse, sexual orientation, and addiction.

How does therapy work?

Therapy begins by taking a look at your life, relationships, and general mood to evaluate areas that you may want to focus on or shift. Before your first appointment you will be asked to fill out a questionnaire about your history which also may guide you in establishing therapy goals.

Therapy works on many levels. You may notice some relief by simply having a supportive space to explore your concerns, feelings, or needs. Therapy also may lead to behavioral changes, such as improved communication or self-care. Finally, with deeper healing, old patterns evolve into new and healthier life choices and greater fulfillment.

How do I begin?

You may peruse our website for more information about Karuna and our therapists and send us a message through the website. You may also leave a message at our confidential voicemail at 404-321-4307.

How often do I go to therapy?

Most clients begin with weekly sessions. You and your therapist will decide together how often and how long you will continue therapy. This may range from a few sessions to longer-term therapy (over a year), depending on your unique history, experiences, and goals.

How much does it cost?

In Atlanta, the standard fee for therapy typically ranges from $100 to $225 per 50-minute session. At Karuna, our average full fee is $160. However, as part of our commitment to the community, each therapist maintains a limited number of reduced fees slots for those in need.

Karuna accepts cash, checks and credit card (including HSA cards).

Can I use my insurance?

While we do have a couple of therapists who accept insurance coverage (Aetna), most of our therapists are out of network. Those who are out of network will be able to provide you with a statement to submit to insurance (called a “superbill”) for partial reimbursement depending on your particular insurance benefits.

We do not accept Medicaid, Medicare, or PHCS insurance.

You are strongly encouraged to verify your coverage ahead of time. Leave us a message at 404-321-4307 and we will assist you promptly.

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