What to Expect

Getting Started at Good Life Therapy

HOW DO I SCHEDULE MY FIRST APPOINTMENT?
Send us a message through the contact form at the bottom of the page or email us at info@goodlifetherapy.com. You can also give us a call at (515) 679-3947.

 

DO I NEED TO BRING ANY PAPERWORK TO MY FIRST APPOINTMENT?

Once you’ve confirmed an appointment with us, you’ll receive information and access to a secure patient portal. There you’ll submit the necessary forms to begin treatment. When you arrive at your appointment you won’t have to worry about bringing any documents along. 

 

WHAT INSURANCE DO YOU TAKE? HOW MUCH WILL THIS COST?
Currently we accept Blue Cross Blue Shield. We also accept direct rate payment if you don’t currently carry insurance with our providers. Call or email us at info@goodlifetherapy.com for direct rate quotes. 

 

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AT MY FIRST APPOINTMENT?
At a first appointment you and your therapist will take some time getting to know each other. Your therapist will ask a variety of questions in order to get a comprehensive picture of  your background, experiences, stressors, relationships, symptoms, etc. 

You will also spend time identifying what you hope to get out of your counseling experience. The first session also provides a good opportunity for you to decide if your therapist is a good fit for you. From there, you and your therapist will work to set individually tailored goals for therapy moving forward. 

 

HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I NEED?
Each individual and situation is unique. Some people will find resolution after a few sessions. Most people find that they benefit from multiple sessions. 

 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PSYCHIATRIST AND A MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR?
A psychiatrist is a medical practitioner who specializes in the treatment of mental illness, often by using medication. Mental health counselors have advanced training in treating people with non-pharmacological approaches. They treat conditions such as depression, anxiety, trauma, and complex mental health conditions. They incorporate therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) Positive Psychology, and Mindfulness to help clients reach treatment goals. Interventions, such as EMDR, CPT, and Brainspotting may also be used to treat PTSD and other trauma. 

 

HOW DO I KNOW THAT THIS IS CONFIDENTIAL?
We follow strict HIPAA guidelines to ensure that your personal information is always kept secure. When you make your appointment you will receive documents outlining the protections of your privacy under current law. 

 

HOW DO I FIND YOUR BUILDING?
We are located at 5000 Westown Parkway in Suite 104. Our office is located just off I-235 and I-80. Park in the parking lot behind the building. We are just inside the main doors on the right side. Come inside to the reception area where you’ll be greeted by our receptionist or your therapist.