Since it's already been pointed out that insurance and payment is a hassle, along with the insensitivity of the receptionists, let me go a bit further into my experience at CPA. Assigned to one therapist there, I was amazed at her inattentiveness. Three visits in a row, in three weeks, I was asked several of the same questions - ex. How old are you? Are you in college? - answers that wouldn't change from visit to visit, yet she either did not take notes, did not review notes, etc. At each visit, she introduced herself as if we hadn't met, then realized that, oh, yeah we met seven days ago. I thought I would be seeing her to confide in her and share my feelings, but I soon realized I was just another file in her cabinet. At CPA, their caseload is too large for any relationship to be built between the staff and patients. In the psychiatric practice, of all fields, I feel that a good relationship is necessary. Shortly after I stopped seeing this particular therapist, I began seeing another woman who worked their, a psychiatrist. She was a bit more personable and knowledgable, but again, I felt that after ten visits, she shouldn't have to call my name out to the waiting room, searching for a face she couldn't remember. \r
My last issue with CPA is the schedule they keep. I don't expect such a practice to keep late hours, I think last I heard the latest they stayed open was until six, and only on Fridays. For me personally, it's hard to get in between 8 and 5. I would make my appts. for 8 so that I would miss a minimal amount of work, but often I was kept waiting until 8:30 because my doctor had yet to arrive. Missing an hour of work, being made to wait, just for a five minute med check. \r
Overall, I feel CPA has done nothing but waste my time and money. Perhaps there are other staff members there who treat ppl with a bit more concern that I have yet to meet. But I'm not willing to put up with their desk people or unreturned phone calls and try it again.
Pros: parking, cushy chairs
Cons: noisy children in waiting room, apathetic staff