Why do people seek therapy?
People come into therapy for many reasons. Some need to respond to unexpected changes in their lives, while others seek self-exploration and personal growth. Some people are seeking couple's counseling. Therapy can provide support, problem-solving skills, and coping skills for issues such as depression, anxiety, lack of confidence, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, spiritual conflicts, stress management, body image issues, and creative blocks. People seeking psychotherapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives.
What can I expect in a therapy session?
During sessions you are expected to talk about the primary concerns and issues in your life. A typical session lasts 45 minutes, but some people request longer sessions. Usually weekly sessions are best. Some people who are in crisis or extreme distress need more than one session per week, at least until the crisis passes. During the time between sessions it is beneficial to think about and process what was discussed. At times, you may be asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records. For therapy to "work," you must be an active participant, both in and outside of the therapy sessions.
What benefits can I expect from working with a therapist?
Participating in psychotherapy provides individuals with a number of benefits. Often it is helpful just to know that someone understands. Therapy can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Through therapy you may:
- Attain a better understanding of yourself and your personal goals and values
- Develop skills to improve your relationships
- Find resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
- Find new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Manage anger, depression, and other emotional pressures
- Improve communications skills - learn how to listen to others, and have others listen to you
- Break out of old unhealthy patterns and develop new ones
- Discover new ways to solve problems
- Improve your self-esteem and boost self-confidence
What if I don't know what my goals are for therapy?
If you aren't sure what your goals are for therapy, the first task within therapy is to clarify what you are seeking. There is no need to worry; many individuals begin therapy unsure of their goals. This can be an interactive process and may take several sessions. Also, during the course of therapy your goals may change. However, establishing a direction at the beginning will help you get the most out of the experience.
Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?
There is a confusing array of insurance arrangements. The first thing you should do is check with your insurance carrier. Check your coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions:
- Do I have mental health benefits?
- What is my deductible and has it been met?
- How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?
- How much do you pay for an out-of-net provider?
- Is there a limitation on how much you will pay per session?
- Is primary care physician approval required?
While some of our providers do accept insurance, it is recommended that you consider an alternative payment method. We accept MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover, HSA cards, as well as personal checks and cash.
Is therapy confidential?
The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychotherapist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission. However, there are number of exceptions to this rule. Exceptions include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s. The therapist must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, further measures may be taken without their permission in order to ensure their safety.
- If you are using insurance benefits to help pay for psychotherapy, we are required to provide your insurance company with a diagnosis. At times, insurance companies request your progress notes and/or complete medical record. This information will become part of your permanent medical record. We have no control or influence on how your insurance company uses this information.
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