Frequently Asked Questions

Please contact your insurance company directly for a quote of benefits. Only your insurance company can make payment determinations.I am in-network with BCBS of IL PPO. Please contact your insurance company using the number on the back of your insurance card and ask them the following questions.


  • What are my out-patient mental health benefits?
  • Is there a certain number of sessions I am allowed per year?
  • Have I met my yearly deductible? If not, how much more money do I owe on my deductible?
  • What is my copay for outpatient mental health services?
  • Is the mental health provider, Dr. Kristen Brendel with Per La Vita Wellness in Geneva covered under my plan?

Yes. Here is the link to the required intake forms.

Please bring with you your completed intake forms, your driver’s license and insurance card, and any copay/deductible you may owe. If we are doing any form of movement, please wear clothing that you can easily move in and bring your yoga mat. Extra mats are provided, if you do not have one or forget yours.

Checks and cash are accepted. I also accept all credit and debit cards for an additional $5.00 fee for every $100.00 charged.

Each client’s situation is unique and depends upon a number of factors. For your reference, discussed here are averages. For psychotherapy services, I typically see clients weekly for 8-10 weeks. Most clients report some relief of symptoms after our first couple of sessions. For yoga therapy, I often work with clients less frequently (1-2 times per month) for a longer duration of time, 10-20 weeks.

Psychotherapy/Counseling, MBSR groups, and yoga therapy are confidential. If you are using insurance, you will need to authorize some information be released to your insurance company for reimbursement, typically a diagnosis, your identifying information, dates and duration of treatment, as well as billable charges. I am a mandated reporter and by law have to release information to the proper authorities if there are any issues of abuse, neglect, or suicidal ideation.

Length of session depends on your services. Typically, psychotherapy is 53 minutes, MBSR groups are 90 minutes, and yoga therapy is 60-90 minutes.

Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) all involve workbooks or treatment manuals and have a strong emphasis on how cognitions impact our well-being (how thoughts impact our physical and emotional health) via mindfulness (cultivating awareness about our physical and emotional states). Yoga and meditation may or may not be included in these interventions, depending on the needs and comfort level of clients. Yoga therapy, is the process of empowering clients to improve their mental and physical health using yoga as a primary intervention.

Dr. Kristen Brendel is a licensed clinical social worker in the State of Illinois. She holds a B.A. in Psychology, a Master of Social Work and a PhD in Social Work. She is also a certified yoga instructor and registered via Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT (experienced registered yoga teacher).