What is the difference between coaching and psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy may be indicated when a person is experiencing significant distress which negatively and significantly impacts the ability to work, have positive and satisfying relationships, and or when the distress negatively impacts the well-being one’s self or others.

If you are unsure of your needs, they can be determined during your initial evaluation.

Although a person may be experiencing stress when seeking coaching, the purpose of coaching is to assist someone in resolving or accomplishing a more concrete and specific goal (e.g. career change or communicating a better image in the workplace).

Dr. Bivins-Smith accepts Aetna, Humana Insurance. Major credit cards and cash are also accepted for co-pays and private paying clients. While insurance pays for most psychotherapy, it does not normally pay for coaching.


Can I receive therapy or coaching over the Internet?

You may be a candidate for online therapy or coaching. On-line sessions are available after mutual agreement by therapist and client. Psychotherapy is available only to Georgia and Virginia residents at this time.

What does therapy cost?

On average therapy can cost from $90 to 160 per session.

How do I pay for Therapy and Coaching?

Many insurance plans pay for behavioral health/mental health services. You can check with your insurance provider for copays and out of network reimbursement. (Only available in Virginia and Georgia.) Major credit cards are also accepted.

While insurance pays for most therapy, it does not normally pay for coaching.

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