What is the first appointment like?

Many people are nervous after scheduling the first therapy appointment and wonder what the first session will be like.  The goal of the first appointment is primarily information-gathering.  One or both parents, or the teen or adult themselves, will meet privately with the therapist to discuss their concerns, as well as background and any other relevant information. In order to develop the best treatment for yourself or your child, together you and the therapist will spend approximately 60-90 minutes discussing these things in detail, including educational, medical, and psychological history. At the end of the session, the therapist will have a better idea of the most effective course of treatment and will answer any questions you have about this plan or the therapy process in general.

How long does therapy usually last?

Each client we see at Thriving Minds is unique, presenting with his or her own history and concerns. That being said, there is no exact, “magic” amount of therapy sessions. Treatment is tailored to the individual and his or her specific needs. Together, you and your therapist will discuss progress throughout treatment and set goals you, the therapist, and your child (if appropriate) agree upon. However, overall cognitive-behavioral therapy regimes generally range somewhere from 10-20 sessions depending on disorder under treatment, symptom severity, how long these symptoms have been present, and other factors.

What age groups does your clinic see?

At Thriving Minds, we specialize in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to treat children and their families, but we also provide services to young adults.  Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy can be used with children as young as three. No matter the treatment used, parents are considered an integral part of their child’s treatment.

Clinicians at our Chelsea clinic additionally offer services to adults and couples. Our clinic is passionate about providing wrap-around services for families, and we believe that allowing the entire family one location for excellent, evidence-based services would make life a little less complex.

What is Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

CBT is a brief, effective type of psychological treatment supported in the research literature. This approach focuses on the inter-relationships between one’s thoughts, emotions, and actions. Through the use of collaborative goal-setting, therapy aims to teach specific skills that allow the child, adolescent, or adult to accomplish small steps that eventually lead to large changes.

Does therapy really work for kids? 

Yes, therapy has been proven to be effective in children. Therapy is a place where children can express their feelings. It teaches important skills, like relaxation, social skills, as well as facilitating the process in which children learn to identify their problematic thoughts and behaviors.

Do you accept insurance?


We are in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield (both traditional and PPO). We make every effort to determine the coverage of patients; however, we also ask that patients explore their own insurance coverage and are knowledgeable about copays and deductibles prior to the first appointment.

Thriving Minds is an “out-of-network” provider for all other insurance carriers.  Remaining a fee-for-service provider allows for more privacy and flexibility in the clients’ treatment than would participation in many managed care companies. Thriving Minds is sensitive to clients’ needs for affordable mental health care. Therefore, Thriving Minds helps clients navigate the process of submitting claims for reimbursement.

Specific questions about billing can be answer by our billing manager at (810) 225-3417, ext. 106