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Family Therapy FAQs

Family Therapy FAQs

These FAQs address concerns about confidentiality, the duration of therapy, the involvement of all family members, and the effectiveness of family therapy in resolving conflicts and improving communication within the family unit.

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Family therapy focuses on relationships. It usually involves many members of the family. Couples therapy is considered family therapy. Most instances in which children or adolescents are the “identified patient” utilize a family therapy approach. For example, at Denver Family Therapy Center, parents are always involved in the treatment of minors. The nature of involvement is decided by all involved.
These professionals are licensed and trained to provide psychotherapy services. Each has specialty areas that are unique to their training.

Psychiatrist: A Psychiatrist is a medical doctor. Their role is often to assess, prescribe, and monitor medications.

Psychologist: (PhD) This is a PhD/doctorate level clinician with advanced training in psychology. A psychologist’s role is often to provide psychological testing and diagnostic assessment.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker: (LCSW) This is a Master’s Degree level therapist (MSW), with at least two years post-graduate degree experience. Their role is often to be the primary provider of individual counseling, family, and group psychotherapies.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist: (LMFT) This is a Master’s Degree level therapist with at least two years post graduate degree experience. Their role is often to be the primary provider of individual, couples, family, and group psychotherapies. They have advanced training in family and marital therapy.

Licensed Professional Counselor: (LPC) This is a Master’s Degree level therapist with at least two years post-degree experience. Their role is often to be the primary provider of individual, family, and group psychotherapies.

Certified Addictions Counselor: (CAC) There are three levels of CAC- CAT, CAS, LAC (Licensed Addictions Counselor). Some CAS and and all LAC clinicians have a Masters Degree and all have had advanced training in substance abuse treatment.
At this time, DFTC does NOT have play therapists and cannot provide treatment to children under the age of 8 years old unless part of family therapy.
Play therapy is a special therapeutic process that focuses on children’s need to express themselves through the use of play and toys. Play Therapists have had advanced training in this method utilized for children.
No, we do not. A Psychologist typically does this, and we do not have a Psychologist on staff at DFTC.
Yes, we can do mental health evaluations. These evaluations are done by master’s level clinicians who are either licensed or supervised by a licensed clinician. The evaluation usually takes about 2.5 hours. If the person being evaluated is 17 years or younger, parents or guardians must also be present for the evaluation. The clinician will provide a preliminary diagnosis, and a level of care recommendation. They will also create a report if one is needed for court or another referring person. The cost of this evaluation is $300.
You and your family are important to us. We set this time aside just for you, so it is important to keep all scheduled appointments. If you cannot come at your scheduled time, please call or email our office or your therapist at least 24 hours in advance to cancel, or you will be charged for the visit. If you cancel at the last minute or fail to come to an appointment, you will be charged for the visit.
Every insurance plan is different. Please call your insurance company before your first visit to determine if you need an authorization. If they give you an authorization number, please bring it to your first visit.
Every insurance plan is different. The only way to determine the amount of co-pay due is to call the member services number on the back of your insurance card and ask about your specific benefits. Please note that co-pays are due at the time of service. Please note that you may also have a deductible that must be met before your insurance company will cover services at all.
We have a variety of options for payment. We do accept most major insurance companies, as well as Medicaid. If you are not covered by private insurance or Medicaid, then we will work with you to set up a payment plan. If you are receiving substance abuse treatment services, you may apply for our grant-funded sliding scale and may be eligible for a reduced service rate.
We are contracted with most major insurance companies and can work with other smaller companies as well. Please call and ask us if you are unsure. We also accept Medicaid (CCHS and CO Access).
At Denver Family Therapy Center, we strive to utilize the mental health benefits provided by your health insurance company. There are many different policies available through numerous insurance companies, so please be sure to check your specific benefits with your carrier. When you check your mental health benefits, you may discover that you are eligible for no-cost EAP (employee assistance program) sessions.
The easiest way to obtain your current benefit information is: call the member services number on the back of your insurance card, ask specifically for “outpatient mental health” information, and note your out-of-pocket costs (deductible, co-pay, and/or co-insurance). Please be prepared to pay these costs at each session. Our office will also contact your insurance company after your first session to verify your benefits. Our office can accept payment by cash, check, money order, credit card, debit card, and flexible spending account (FSA) card. We are also able to accept online payments through our client portal. If you would like to pay over the phone, please call our office at 303-456-0600 and dial ext. 138.
You and your therapist determine this. Typically, we meet weekly at the beginning of treatment and then spread out the frequency as progress is made. We have clients who meet multiple times per week and clients who meet only as needed.
If your child is 17 or younger, parental involvement is required. You and your therapist will determine the nature and frequency of involvement. At Denver Family Therapy Center, we believe that parental involvement is very important in treating children and adolescents.
Most therapy sessions will last 50-60 minutes. If you are interested in a longer session, you may discuss this with your therapist. However, your insurance may not cover sessions longer than 60 minutes.
No, but we do have a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) on staff. She is credentialed with most insurance companies and Medicaid. Colleen Blair Michel can discuss and evaluate your medication needs. She is also able to help manage your medications over time. She will work closely with your therapist at DFTC to coordinate care.
Yes, we have evening and weekend appointments. Each therapist keeps their own schedule. If you need an evening or weekend appointment, please discuss this with your therapist.
We will see you as soon as possible, but we have been experiencing very high volume of referrals, creating longer than normal waits to get started. Each therapist maintains their own calendar. Therapists are the only ones who can schedule or change your appointment. When you call, you will speak to our referral coordinator, who will help direct you to a therapist at our practice.
Please call the referral line at (303) 456-0600 ext. 120. We will help you select a therapist who accepts your insurance plan and is familiar with your concerns. You may also read the profiles of our therapists in our clinician directory here.
The terms counseling and therapy are often used interchangeably. They are both goal-focused conversations with a trained facilitator.
Individual Therapy
– Children (ages 8+ with parent involvement)
– Adolescents/teens (ages 10-17 with parent involvement)
– Adults
Family Therapy
– Families with younger family members (including children and
– Adult family members
Couples Therapy
– Couples relational work
– Couples relational work with parent support and coaching
DFTC therapists offering Family Therapy can bring younger children (under age 8) into Family Therapy Sessions. DFTC does not have pediatric mental/behavioral health specialists or clinicians who specialize in Play Therapy.
DFTC clinicians offering individual therapy for adolescents and teens, although some parent involvement is still expected.
– Medicare is not an accepted insurance at DFTC.
– This includes, Medicare with additional private insurance, such as Medicare with Kaiser supplemental plans.
Yes! Dependent on clinician availability and current openings for new clients, you can opt to work with a therapist for in-person sessions or virtual/Telehealth sessions.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner offerings include evaluation and assessment for Psychiatric Medications and Medication Management only. You will see another clinician for Mental/Behavioural Health Therapy.
You are welcome to do this. Our sessions are charged at a rate of $120/hour.