Antidepressants aren't a cure, but they can be helpful in treating depression and anxiety. Medication may treat some symptoms of depression, but can't change underlying contributions to depression in your life. Antidepressants won't solve your problems if you're depressed because of a dead-end job, a pessimistic outlook, or an unhealthy relationship. That's where therapy and other lifestyle changes come in.

Studies show that therapy can work just as well as antidepressants in treating depression, and it’s better at preventing relapse once treatment ends. While depression medication only helps as long as you’re taking it, the emotional insights and coping skills acquired during therapy can have a more lasting effect on depression. However, if your depression is so severe that you don't have the energy to pursue treatment, a brief trial of antidepressants may boost your mood to a level where you can focus on therapy.

Other current research findings support that the combination of talk therapy and medication is superior in the treatment of anxiety and depression than to either talk therapy or medication alone. However, those whose treatment consisted of mostly talk therapy did almost as well if they stayed with talk therapy for a minimum of 13 or more visits.

If, after careful diagnostic evaluation and assessment, we find that you may be a possible candidate for a medication intervention, we will refer you to your PCP or to one of the local psychiatrists we work closely with. We will coordinate your treatment with the PCP or psychiatrist as needed. This allows us to stay in contact with the PCP or psychiatrist throughout your care. A coordinated team approach is always best since both parties are working together towards the same goal: helping you to feel better.

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In addition to regular business hours, we will accommodate our client's needs for appointments during evenings and weekends. You can schedule an appointment by calling our office at (724) 901-0901. Of course, we respect our client's needs for confidentiality.

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New Wilmington Psychotherapy & Counseling is pleased to accept referrals from the professional community or from individuals referring themselves. Following careful assessment, a clinical service plan is targeted to specific patient needs.

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New Wilmington Psychotherapy & Counseling is a credentialed provider in the following plans.

  • Optum
  • Beacon Options
  • Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Aetna
  • Aetna EAP
  • United Behavioral Health
  • Value Behavioral Health
  • Value Options
  • Value Options EAP
  • MH Net
  • Medicare
  • Medicaid/Medical Assistance/Promise/Health Choices Behavioral Health
  • UPMC
  • Other major carriers
  • Out of network authorizations

Don't see your insurance, don't worry, we might cover it. Joanne or Lauri will check your coverage and answer the following questions.

  • Do I have outpatient mental health benefits?
  • Do I have a deductible and if so, has it been met?
  • Do I have a copay, and if so, how much per session?
  • How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?
  • How much does my plan cover for an out-of-network provider?

For those without insurance, special financial arrangements (ie sliding fee scale) will be discussed.

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