Wondering about options for intensive video therapy due to COVID-19? We are booking video-based intensive therapy now for clients residing in California or New York. Prefer to wait for face-to-face counseling? Complete your phone screen now to discuss treatment options and explore flexible rescheduling options.
Now available in two locations:
California: 2660 Solace Place, Suite D2, Mountain View, CA 94040
New York: 341 East 79th Street (at the corner of 1st Avenue), Suite 302, New York, NY 10075
“Thank you again for making the time to work with me intensely … I feel empowered and trust that I will successfully apply the lessons learned when tempted.”
“I am so grateful – beyond words …I will forever be indebted to you…we think of our time like a magical experience. The bad feelings evaporated and life began again for me.”
“Working with you last year really helped me to make some big changes and I finally have a life I am so happy with… The intensive therapy program is truly amazing, and I owe a lot to you and everyone at The Feel Good Institute for your help in getting me to where I am now.”
Many people believe that a one-hour, once per week session, over a longer period of time is the “appropriate dose” of psychotherapy. However, recent research, as well as the experience of many TEAM-CBT therapists and their patients, suggest that longer and more frequent individual psychotherapy sessions over a shorter time span can be tremendously helpful and will often vastly accelerate recovery. Individual Intensive Therapy is intended to promote skill building and rapid symptom relief. The intensive model provides the most dramatic results as we use time to explore concerns, thoughts, and feelings and, importantly, to move on to set goals, and practice life-long skills to combat depression, anxiety, habits/addictions, and transform relationships. Homework is expected during and after the Intensive Therapy in order to practice implementation of the new skills.
Which types of problems are a good fit for this program?
There are some conditions which lend themselves well to regular, weekly therapy but there are also conditions or symptoms that can be treated rapidly and effectively in a short period of time. For example, people suffering from social anxiety disorder, phobias (such as driving, flying, germs, hospitals, claustrophobia), panic attacks, generalized anxiety disorder, depression or low self-esteem can often find tremendous improvement by doing Intensive individual therapy for several hours at a time. Of course ongoing homework and practice is required to maintain improvement.
Are there any concerns that are not a good fit for this program?
Unfortunately, our program is not set-up to replace crisis services or hospitalization; Persons who are a good fit for this program are eager for help, but are stable, and desire new skills and further symptom relief. Also, we are not a medical facility, thus we are not able to provide detox services or accept patients who are actively dependent on substances. Please read more about TEAM-CBT Therapy here.
How many hours would I expect to participate?
The format is designed to meet your specific needs and address your treatment goals. A common model for persons from out of town would be treatment with 3-8 intensive individual psychotherapy hours per day over the course of 2-12 days, provided by 1-2 Feeling Good Institute clinicians.
Where is Feeling Good Institute located?
FGI has offices in Mountain View, CA (approximately 45 minutes South of San Francisco) and New York, NY (Upper East Side). Patients in the Intensive Therapy program work with the coordinator to determine which location will better meet their treatment needs.
What ages are appropriate for Intensive Therapy?
Intensive therapy is usually a good fit for individuals ages 12 and older. We have a separate screening process for adolescents age 12-17 and those 18 and older.
How do I move forward to find out if this treatment is a good fit for me?
Adult Program (ages 18 and older):
The first step is to arrange a “Pre-Intensive Phone Consultation.” This 30-minute phone consultation, provided by one of our Coordinators: Angela Krumm, PhD and Lorraine Wong, PhD, ABPP in the CA office and Craig Gilkey, MS, LMHC, in the NY office. This phone conversation will allow us to learn about your needs, start the process of determining if an intensive may meet your needs, discuss which location best meets your needs, and offer an estimate of recommended treatment hours. This service has a $150 charge, paid in advance. (Non-refundable unless cancelled 48 hours in advance of the appointment time.) The second step, if both parties agree that Intensive Therapy is a good treatment option, is to start the “Intensive Counseling Set-Up Services.” This service provides the following: collection of initial paperwork, a one hour goal-setting session (conducted via phone or HIPAA-compliant video conferencing services), development of a treatment plan, assignment to therapists, and coordination of schedules. This service has a $800 charge, paid in advance. Half of the charge may be refunded if a person decides, within 48 hours after the goal-setting session, not to pursue the treatment. Please book Step 1 using the appropriate blue button above (choose age and location preference).
Adolescent Program (ages 12-17):
We have a three step process to properly determine if an adolescent is a good fit for our program. The first step is for the parents/guardians to arrange a 30-minute “Pre-Intensive Phone Consultation” with our Adolescent Program Coordinators: Erika Hulse, LMFT in the CA office and Craig Gilkey, MS, LMHC, in the NY office. This phone conversation will allow us to learn about the parent/guardian’s perspective of the adolescent’s needs, start the process of determining if an intensive may meet those needs, discuss which location is ideal, and offer an estimate of recommended treatment hours. This service has a $150 charge, paid in advance. Please book this service through the blue box above. The second step, is a 45 minute meeting with the prospective adolescent patient, and a 45 minute meeting with the prospective adolescent’s parents (90 minutes total). This step also requires a release of information to speak with any other professionals as needed. Step 2 has a $550 charge. The third step includes collection of initial paperwork, a one hour “goal-setting meeting” with adolescent and parents together, development of a treatment plan, assignment to available therapists, coordination of schedules, and answering any further questions regarding treatment. Step 3 has a $400 charge. Half of the Step 3 fee may be refunded if a family decides, within 48 hours after the goal-setting meeting, not to pursue the treatment. Families who are out of the area can do all steps via video-feed or phone. Please book Step 1 using the appropriate blue button above (choose age and location preference).
What are the costs?
We encourage interested persons to carefully consider the finances available for this form of treatment. The outcomes can be profound, however the investment is significant. On average individual intensive treatment course is about 16-25 clinical hours long spread over the course of 4-12 days. We have two options available, The Premier Option and the Lower Fee option. With the premier option we will assign you to work with a team of our board licensed TEAM Therapy CBT expert clinicians. With the Lower Fee Option you will work with one board licensed TEAM Therapy CBT expert clinician, and one pre-licensed post graduate Masters-level clinician who receives supervision by a licensed clinician. The average cost for a 20 hour premier individual intensive therapy course provided over 5-7 days is about $7600. Costs vary depending on the clinicians assigned. The average cost for a 20 hour individual intensive therapy with the lower fee option is about $3800. The screening process will help you determine if your needs would be better met in the Premier Option or Lower Fee Option.
Do you accept insurance?
Our clinicians are considered “out-of-network” with insurance companies and have opted out of Medicare. Our experience has been that most insurance companies do not reimburse a large portion of Intensive Therapy services. Please inquire with your insurance company to find out whether they will reimburse multiple hours per day of treatment in an outpatient therapy setting.
I live out of the area. How do I arrange my travel?
Clients arrange their own travel and accommodations in the local area.
California location: 2660 Solace Place, Suite, A, Mountain View, CA 94040.
New York location: 341 East 79th Street, Suite #302, New York, NY 10075
If you are interested in learning more about whether Intensive Therapy may be right for you, please choose the appropriate blue button (i.e., age group and location) at the top of the page. This will guide you to book the initial 30-minute phone consultation.
Info At A Glance
- Intensive Therapy can be life changing and teach the skills needed for long-term relief.
- Each course of treatment is tailored to meet each client’s unique needs.
- The screening process begins with a scheduled 30-minute phone consultation with an expert clinician.
- Full fee and Lower fee options are available.