Commonly Asked Questions with Answers from
Top Form Psychology

Frequently Asked Questions
Do You Take Insurance?

Although we do not take insurance directly, we are an out-of-network provider that will provide and assist you with the paperwork necessary to file a claim with your insurance provider.  

For those whose benefits do not qualify, you may be able to submit a reimbursement claim for any FSA/HSA or other flexible spending accounts tied to your benefits even if there is no formal diagnosis.

How Old Does My Child Need to be to Receive Services?

At Top Form Psychology a child must be 10+ years of age for mental skills training with a specific focus on sport and 14+ years of age for mental health support.

How Much Does a (Sport) Psychologist Cost?

If you are looking for therapy with a licensed and certified psychologist in the tri-state area, you can generally expect to pay anywhere from $150 per session to $300 or more depending on several factors:
-      Years of training
-      Level of expertise
-      Location of therapy
-      Length of session
-      Degree of specialization
-      Insurance coverage  

Our therapy session fee at Top Form Psychology is $210
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I Do Not Live in New Jersey. Can I Still Work with a Top Form Psychology Provider? (What is PSYPACT?)

The answer is YES because we are PSYPACT providers. The Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT) is an interstate compact designed to facilitate the practice of telepsychology and the temporary in-person, face-to-face practice of psychology across state boundaries.

This agreement allowing psychologists in participating jurisdictions to practice across state lines is expanding so many psychologists can continue to help their patients, no matter where they are located.
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Do I Need a Psychologist?

Everyone can benefit from going to a psychologist. Going to therapy is not only an intervention but can be used as preventative support. In addition to helping people heal, psychotherapy can be used to continue to thrive and develop existing wellness.  

If you are finding it difficult to navigate normal routines and priorities in life (social, work, academic, athletics, parenthood, etc.), you may want to seek professional help.

Trauma, interpersonal conflict, grief, distressing feelings/emotions, and substance use are just a few examples of influences that may lead someone to seek help. In sport psychology, some common themes may include performance anxiety, lack of confidence, inconsistent performances, and injury recovery.

Is it Worth Going to a Psychologist?

Consider this question… "Would you spend $400 a month (equivalent to 24 sessions per year) to create a positive headspace and relieve your anxiety and other mental hurdles affecting your everyday life?” 

To answer this question, you may first want to reflect on how important your mental health is and how much you value it. A psychologist can become a fundamental part of your healthcare and wellbeing. Some clients see a psychologist weekly; others may see a psychologist once a month. Either way, a psychologist can help you make the most of your life journey by supporting you in several capacities (e.g., grief counseling, anxiety management, anger management, disorder treatment) that will help you keep a strong mind and better navigate life challenges and mental health deficits.

What Happens When You See a Psychologist?

During the initial appointment (intake session), your psychologist will gather a detailed background history and you will receive more information about clinic policies. This appointment will give you or your dependent the opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding treatment, and you will learn more about the services available to you.  

Most likely, you will find yourself talking about your current symptoms or struggles, as well as saying a bit about your relationships, interests, strengths, and goals. Intake sessions are central to developing rapport and creating a foundation for treatment.

What are the Benefits of Seeing a Psychologist?

A psychologist's job is to cultivate a unique space that is intentional about excluding judgement and creating a safe and confidential haven for the client. In order to fulfill goals through mental health therapy, you will learn strategies that will allow you to traverse a gambit of potential issues you might be facing.  

It is important to understand that psychologists are highly educated professional that are trained to listen for specific indicators, diagnose issues, and treat clients with a high degree of expertise.   

Simply, a psychologist can help you become a better version of yourself by understanding the dynamics affecting your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. 

Specific examples of benefits may include:
-       Conflict resolution
-       Heightened levels of confidence
-       Sustained happiness
-       Improved focus
-       Efficient and effective communication
-       Decrease in performance errors or setbacks
-       Successful coping skills
-       Increased cohesion with peers

What Do I Do If I Can't Afford a Psychologist?

Being able to afford to see a psychologist has long been an issue due to cost. With rising educational, licensing, and administrative fees in addition to a large demand for mental health services, psychologists find themselves having to charge competitive rates.  

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), mental healthcare coverage has expanded and accessibility has increased; however, many individuals and families are still apprehensive about the costs of treatment. 

If you or someone you know is having trouble covering the costs of therapy, take these steps in identifying your best options:
1.    Understand your insurance policy and benefits
2.    Ask therapists if they offer a sliding scale rate, discounted or special pricing deals, or shorter timed sessions.
3.    Seek a psychologist in training or a counselor - See if your local college/university has any programs with practicing clinicians that can offer support
4.    Search for low rate or free community health centers in your area
5.    Visit online therapy sites and/or mobile applications
6.    Find a support group

What Does a Sport Psychologist Do?

In short, a Sport Psychologist is someone who provides support to athletes and performers, but there are many possible roles for a sport psychologist.  

Some sport psychologists work directly with athletes and/or other performance participants such as coaches, parents, and athletic departments whereas other sport psychologist are focused on research pertaining to this population.

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How is Psychology Used in Sport(s)?

A race car may have an amazing build; engineered with solid wheels, powerful brakes, and smooth steering but, the effectiveness of that race car lies within the engine. Throwing a ball, moving your legs to run a race, or locating your defender on the field are all influenced by your brain.

Whether a sport psychologist is part of your training or not, the psychology of the team and individual will impact the entire experience of performance. 

A team or individual athlete that truly understands the importance of training their brain will work with a sport psychologist who can take on a variety of different roles such as a mental coach, team therapist, individual psychotherapist, and/or wellness advocate. There are many dimensions of sport psychology that can positively influence performance.

Does Sport Psychology Really Work?


Sport Psychology is a science. In science, it is imperative to have acceptable measures used in developing evaluations, forming beliefs, and improving interventions; therefore, a sport psychologist’s approach and framework should be grounded in evidence-based research.  

There is ample evidence and research on the effects and benefits of therapy as well as mental skills training. Visit our social media platforms for a better understanding of some sport psychology studies and testimonials from athletes receiving mental health support.

What's the Difference Between a Sport Psychologist and Psychologist?

A psychologist and a sport psychologist have many similarities. Both have had extensive training in the field of mental health and developed the necessary clinical skills to support those faced with adversity as well as mental health challenges. Both have received a doctorate which is the highest level of education for a mental health professional. Additionally, both a psychologist and sport psychologist have many options in their career endeavors including but not limited to research, psychotherapy, teaching, and assessment.  

The largest difference between the two is that a sport psychologist is specialized in supporting athletes, performers, and those in their surrounding environments. A sport psychologist is at the core a psychologist who holds additional training that allows them to provide evidence-based treatment to this population. Sport psychologists often have an additional certification titled Certified MentalPerformance Consultant (CMPC). Those who possess a CMPC have taken additional courses, earned applied experience, obtained specialized supervision, and successfully passed the certification exam to demonstrate proficiency in education and training in the psychology facet of sport science.

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