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Frequently Asked Questions

We will meet for an initial 50 minute session for an assessment and to develop a plan for your treatment. When we meet, we will develop goals and time-frames that suit your needs.
Each session length is 45-50 minutes. Most clients attend therapy on a weekly basis. The amount of time we will work together is usually dependent on what mental health issue you are addressing. This can range from a few visits for career counseling, to short-term therapy for life transitions, or to clinical treatment for serious mental health issues such as Depression, Anxiety, and Eating Disorders.
Yes, for diagnosable mental health issues. I am currently paneled with several large Insurance Companies, as well as Employee Assistance Programs, and private corporate life strategy divisions. Due to recent mergers in the health care field, please contact me for a current, up-dated list of insurances that I accept. If I am not currently paneled with your insurance provider, you may be able to use your insurance to get reimbursement for session fees from your insurer. I will show you how to use your out-of-network benefits if needed.
Mental Health issues still carry stigma. By not using your insurance, you further protect your privacy and keep your information out of the hands of insurance companies, their technology systems and your health files. When you apply for certain jobs, careers, colleges, life insurance, disability, or government benefit, these entities can gain access to your health records. This can result in higher insurance premiums and sometimes influence hiring decisions. When you choose to not use your insurance you get to decide who will have access to this very private information. A mental health diagnosis does not appear in your health records unless you choose to disclose that information yourself.
Not all therapists are licensed. Within the scope of my clinical license, I must adhere to all the rules and regulations about privacy, confidentiality and HIPPA. I must protect your health care information according to federal laws. And I must engage in continuing education to keep my license active. A licensed therapist ensures you a very high quality of care.
No, only a physician or a psychiatrist can prescribe. I will work collaboratively with any medical professional you give me consent to speak with.

Who, What, When, Where, and How?

Gail Welkes, LCSW and owner of Focus Psychotherapy Associates. About Gail Welkes
I believe therapy needs to be affordable. Fees are dependent on the services you require and your insurance situation. Call or email me for current fee and insurance information: 610-941-5450,
Current office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10AM-7PM, Friday 9AM-2PM
I am in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania (Whitemarsh Township, Montgomery County, PA.) I am minutes away from most areas of Philadelphia, Chestnut Hill, Conshohocken, and Plymouth Meeting.
Call me, email me, or use the convenient confidential contact form. Contact Gail

Infrequently Asked Questions

I don’t like to keep anyone waiting too long to get started with me. But at various times I am not able to take new clients. Contact me for information on current availability or wait times.
I am located in a secure, alarmed office building in the centrally located Philadelphia Suburb of Lafayette Hill, PA. There is a private waiting room and all amenities are easily accessible.
Please wear clothes that are comfortable for you. My office is a casual environment!
Sometimes different approaches to therapy and varying theoretical orientations match well for some individuals and not others. I will be in tune to your needs and candid at all times about our work together. After a few appointments we will be able to determine together how to get the results you need. Read more about the services I offer.
Psychotherapy Services
While I integrate several theoretical orientations, I have completed over 100 hours of training in CBT. I am a believer in empirical evidence, and CBT has been proven to be the most sound and results oriented therapy to treat mental health issues. CBT is internationally recognized as the go-to therapy for Anxiety, Depression, and most Eating Disorders. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy involves looking at how your thoughts, feelings and behaviors intersect and it helps you think realistically about situations and others. It is an interactive type of therapy that utilizes many different techniques to help get you motivated, calm yourself, and learn the skills needed for a rewarding and successful life.
Well, I don’t want to insult the dozens of professors, trainers, and mentors who have guided me along my way. But if I had to name one theorist that has had a huge impact on my work, it would be Abraham Maslow. When we meet, I’ll tell you why!
my dog, cat, baby, children, coffee, lunch, own chair, or blanket to therapy? Usually yes, if you want to or need to. Let’s discuss it!

I am always available to answer questions within one business day.

All inquiries are private and confidential.

It’s time to Focus on improving the quality of your life.