You Might Ask
How can therapy help me?
A number of benefits are available from participating in therapy.
Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for all types of issues.
Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family conflict, and the hassles of daily life.
Therapists can provide a fresh perspective or point you in the direction of a solution.
The benefits from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn.
Some of the benefits from therapy include:
Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.
While you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you’ve faced, there’s nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it.
In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired.
You are taking responsibility and making a commitment to change your situation by seeking therapy.
Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support.
Why do people go to therapy and how do I know if it is right for me?
People have many different motivations for coming to psychotherapy.
Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well.
Some people need assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, and relationship problems, spiritual conflicts and creative blocks.
Therapy can help provide some much needed encouragement and help with skills to get them through these periods.
Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life.
In short, people seeking psychotherapy are ready to meet the challenges in their lives and ready to make changes .
What is therapy like?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual.
In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session.
Therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns.
Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly).
It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. People seeking psychotherapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.
What about medication vs. psychotherapy?
It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication.
Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress.
I can work with your medical doctors to help determine what’s best for you, and in some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action.
Do you take insurance, and how does that work?
I don’t take insurance. I am an out of network provider. You pay up front for services rendered then I give you a superbill to turn in for your insurance reimbursement. It is your responsibility to talk to your insurance company to find out what reimbursement you can expect.There is a 15% discount for 12 payments up front.
Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
Yes. Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a person and a psychotherapist.
Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist’s office.
Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent”.
Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, Naturopath, Attorney), but by law your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.
However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations: