Two Chairs Unveils Group Remedy, Care Navigation Choices


Psychological well being firm Two Chairs introduced Tuesday that it’s launching two new options for sufferers: group remedy and care navigation.

San Francisco-based Two Chairs was based in 2017 and provides in-person, digital and hybrid psychotherapy companies to adults in California, Florida and Washington. It makes use of evidence-based practices like acceptance and dedication remedy, cognitive behavioral remedy, dialectical habits remedy, mindfulness and constructive psychology. It’s in-network with Aetna and Kaiser Permanente, but in addition has an out-of-network choice at $218 per session.

By the group remedy providing, sufferers would begin with an identical appointment with a seek the advice of clinician, like they might for particular person remedy. The seek the advice of clinician takes under consideration sufferers’ objectives, preferences, medical historical past, previous remedy and different elements. Then, based mostly on this analysis, the clinician could suggest group remedy, although the affected person might nonetheless go for particular person remedy. If the affected person chooses group remedy, then they are going to be put into a bunch for about 12 periods, with all members of the group beginning on the similar time.

Group remedy is efficacious because it eases the burden on therapists contemplating the U.S. is battling a significant supplier scarcity, mentioned Alex Katz, founder and CEO of Two Chairs. 

“In a single session, a therapist can work with a number of sufferers concurrently, permitting our therapists to see extra sufferers over time,” Katz mentioned in an e mail.

There are positives for sufferers as effectively.

“Sufferers may profit from the sense of neighborhood and interactive nature of group remedy,” he added. “They’ll be taught from every others’ experiences. They’ll set up a way of normalization of what they’re going by means of personally. They’ll be taught some fundamental expertise collectively in a bigger group setting. They really feel much less alone.”

By the brand new care navigation resolution, the corporate’s care navigators can refer sufferers out to different suppliers inside their insurance coverage community. For instance, if a affected person is battling dependancy, they might be referred to an intensive outpatient or inpatient program. If a affected person is battling a power situation like an consuming dysfunction or a musculoskeletal situation, they are often referred to a major care supplier.

The care navigation assist helps sufferers get the care they want whereas additionally decreasing the burden on psychological well being clinicians, Katz mentioned.

“These streamlined and supportive care referrals assist ship the best care sooner and with much less frustration, stopping sufferers from pausing or abandoning remedy — a vital determinant in well being outcomes,” he declared. “Conversely, psychological well being clinicians may battle with the time pressures of referring sufferers to trusted care suppliers, which provides administrative, course of and analysis work to their each day caseload and cuts into time reserved for affected person periods and remedy.”

Different psychological well being corporations embrace Alma and BetterHelp. Nonetheless, Two Chairs differs from Alma as a result of its clinicians are full-time staff of the corporate, whereas Alma connects sufferers with particular person suppliers. BetterHelp, in the meantime, doesn’t settle for insurance coverage like Two Chairs does and solely provides digital choices whereas Two Chairs supplies in-person assist along with digital assist. BetterHelp provides group remedy, whereas Alma doesn’t. Neither firm advertises having a care navigation resolution, in line with the businesses’ web sites.

With the group remedy and care navigation choices, Two Chairs hopes to enhance psychological well being care and serve extra sufferers, Katz mentioned.

“Each of those options had been launched with the big-picture purpose of bettering entry to distinctive psychological well being care and offering higher scientific outcomes for sufferers,” he said.

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