Frequently Asked Questions.
Therapy is a useful resource for individuals and families hoping to mitigate mental health symptoms, develop more effective strategies for coping with life's challenges, foster a healthier and stable personal identity, or establish and maintain meaningful relationships with other people. Regardless of the reasons for seeking therapy, our clients often benefit from interventions aimed at increasing self-awareness, strengthening assertive communication and effective conflict resolution skills, and improving emotion management. We primarily work with children, adolescents, and adults experiencing problems in their relationships, grief or pain resulting from a difficult life transition or loss, behavior management issues, or chronic stress due to past or ongoing childhood trauma. These problems often manifest as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, shame, personality issues, anger/aggression, substance use problems, risk taking behaviors, criminal activity, or isolation.
Generally, we meet once per week for 45-50 minutes with the individuals and families we support; however, the frequency and duration of meetings can vary depending on treatment progress and the individual needs of our clients. Many of our clients experience symptom relief within the first few months of therapy, while others benefit from longer term care and support. The course of treatment is dependent upon several factors including but not limited to symptom severity, access to familial and social supports, intensity of conflict, duration of chronic stress, and the nature and quality of the therapeutic relationship. Your clinician will work with you to create a schedule that best addresses your personal needs and circumstances.
No, our clinicians do not have prescription privileges. If we believe you or your child might benefit from psychotropic medication, we will provide referrals to a local psychiatrist for a psychiatric evaluation.
Dr. Bonza's current fee is $150.00 per session. On October 1, 2020, Dr. Bonza's fee for individual therapy and initial intake meetings will increase to $165.00 per session. On October 1, 2020, her fee for conjoint sessions- including family therapy sessions, couples' therapy, and co-parent counseling- will increase to $175.00 per session. Sliding scale fees are limited and considered on a case-by-case basis.
Michelle Purdu's current fee is $125.00 per session, although she reserves a limited number of openings for reduced fee or pro bono services. These services are first-come-first-serve and considered on a case-by-case basis.
Fees are due at the time of service and can be paid using cash, American Express, major credit cards, debit cards, and HSA. We currently do not accept personal checks.
Please contact Zeal Family Wellness, LLC for current fees associated with psychological and court ordered evaluations.
No, we do not accept insurance. Insurance companies often place limitations on the nature and duration of treatment, which can restrict the type of care that we are able to provide. This is particularly true for our clients who are court ordered for treatment. That said, some of clients successfully seek reimbursement on their own and we are happy to provide documentation detailing the necessary billing codes and treatment information. We recommend contacting your insurance company to determine your deductible and out-of-pocket and out-of-network reimbursement rates for out-patient mental health care.
How do I get started?
We understand that it can be scary to ask for help. We also know that the research has consistently proven that finding the right therapist for you or your family is essential to your success. That's why we offer free 15-20 minutes consultation calls to help us get to know you a little better (and vice versa). You are welcome to reach out by visiting our "contact us" page, via email at , or via telephone at 312.925.4133.