Are visits covered by insurance?
We accept all health plans except for Medicare and Medicaid. While we accept most insurances, we are not in any insurance networks. Therefore, your visits will be covered at the non-contracted provider rate. This means that after your out of network deductible is paid, your insurance will cover some percentage of the fee. Typically, insurances will cover somewhere between $50-$150 per visit, but it depends upon your particular policy. Our billing department will submit all claims for you as a convenience.
What forms of payment do you accept?
You may pay by cash, check, credit card or online.
What is the missed appointment policy?
Your appointment is reserved for you only, and if you are not able to come in, we require 24 hour notice (with the exception of emergencies).
Do you allow for phone or video appointments?
Yes, we do provide virtual appointments.
Where are your offices?
We have offices both on the North Shore (Northbrook, directly adjacent to the Edens, across from the Chicago Botanic Garden), and in downtown Chicago in the Loop (on Michigan Avenue next to Millennium Park). You can get directions to either office from our contact page.
Do you have weekend or evening hours?
We are available Monday through Friday between 8 am-6 pm.
Do you see children or teenagers?
Most treatment is for adults, though emotionally mature and motivated teens may be seen on a case by case basis.
Do you see couples, families or groups?
We will see couples, families or groups under certain circumstances.
How long is the evaluation?
In general, you will meet with Dr. Saks two or three times for an evaluation. During these visits, you will review your eating and weight history, psychological history including history of any treatment, medical history, and relationship/family history. Most of this information will be gathered during the visits, but often questionnaires will be employed which you will complete on your own and bring in for discussion.
What methods are used to help me meet my goals?
Dr. Saks is a specialist in cognitive behavior therapies (CBT), which are types of treatment based firmly upon research findings. These approaches aid people in achieving specific changes or goals. These might include:
- Acting differently - like making better decisions around food
- Feeling differently – such as being less frustrated with having to exercise
- Thinking differently – for example, learning better problem-solving or responding to self-defeating thoughts
Cognitive behavior therapists usually focus on your current situation and its solution, rather than the past. The goal is to focus on your beliefs and coping skills, not on wholesale personality change. CBT is time limited, research based, and focused on specific problems in the here-and-now.
Will I be put on a specific diet?
Typically, you will not be put on a specific diet. Our mission is to help you eat in a generally nutritious way, and to learn skills, thinking patterns, and behaviors to develop and maintain healthy ways of eating and exercising. We are open to various dietary plans, but strongly feel a flexible approach that can be adhered to long term is the only one that works.
What if I desire a specific diet or exercise prescription?
While we focus on the behaviors of eating and exercising, if you would like a specific eating or exercise plan, we have an extensive network of registered dietitians and exercise specialists to help with these specifics while you work with us.
What if I desire medications for weight loss, or have medical complications either causing my weight problem or are caused by being overweight?
We have a large network of excellent physicians who can help you with these concerns while you work with us.
Do you communicate with my doctor?
Absolutely. We always discuss your progress with your physician and other members of your treatment team.