Using insurance for mental health services is a very personal choice,
and it's important to know both the risks and benefits involved so that you
can make a decision that best suits you. Confidentiality is
a fundamental element of effective therapy. Managed-care insurance
companies do require disclosure of information about you, your history, and your progress in
therapy. Some insurance plans limit the number of sessions based on this
information. Additionally, they require that you are given a mental
health diagnosis to receive coverage, even if your situation doesn't warrant this diagnosis.
However, using insurance can make
therapy more affordable, which can be a big help when longer-term
therapy is necessary. Again, using health insurance is a personal choice and your decision will in no way impact the quality of care you receive from your therapist.