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 Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where are you located? Is there public transportation? Is there parking nearby?
A: PCC is located at 313 S. 16th Street in Center City, Philadelphia (16th Street between Pine and Spruce Streets). PCC is convenient to all major highways (just blocks from the Schuylkill and Vine Street Expressways) and is convenient to public transportation incuding SEPTA Regional Rail lines (Surburban Station, 16th and John F. Kennedy Boulevard), PATCO Hi-Speed Line (16th and Locust Streets), Broad Street Subway (Walnut-Locust), Market Frankford Elevated Line and Subway Surface Lines (15th and Market) and Amtrak (transfer to SEPTA at Suburban Station). On-street parking and several parking garages are within walking distance of PCC. For detailed directions, click here!

Q: What are your hours?
A: Because of our large staff, we are able to accommodate all of our clients by offering flexibility in scheduling. In addition to our regular business hours, appointment times are available on evenings and weekends and we can arrange for an appointment within a week of your initial call and frequently within 48 hours.

Q: How do I become a client?
A: There are several ways to make contact with us. Currently, the best way to reach us is by calling Marie Hartke, M.Ed. at (215) 732-8244, ext. 611. She will be happy to discuss your questions and provide you with the earliest appointment available with a therapist who is best-suited to match your needs. You may also contact Ms. Hartke by e-mailing her.

Q: What forms of payment do you accept?
A: We accept out-of-pocket payment and most insurances including Aetna, Americhoice, Blue Cross - Blue Shield Personal Choice, Magellen, Health Partners, Keystone Mercy, Medicare and Medicaid.

Q: What are your fees?
A: We do not have set fees. Fees are arranged privately between you and your therapist, taking into account your particular financial situation.

Q: Do you accept clients with limited income?
A: Yes. We are able to work with clients on a sliding-scale fee basis.

Q: Do you have bi-lingual therapists?
A: Yes. We have therapists fluent in English, Spanish, German, Japanese, French and other languages.

Q: What is psychoanalysis?
A: Psychoanalysis is an approach to therapy that addresses a person's life problems through unhurried, in-depth discussion. This common-sense and comfortable approach allows you to speak freely without being judged or criticized. Psychoanalysts are trained and experienced in helping you resolve current dilemmas and strengthen your ability to handle future difficulties and decisions. This approach also has the effect of enriching and deepening self-knowledge and understanding.

Q: Do you have a psychiatrist available if I need medication?
A: Yes. Psychiatric services are available to clients who are in ongoing psychotherapy at our center.

Q: Will I be required to take medication?
A: No. The primary method in psychoanalysis is talk therapy. However, psychiatric services are available for those who require medication as a supplement.

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