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Common Questions

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. When coping skills are overwhelmed by guilt, doubt, anxiety, or despair, therapy can help. Therapy can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping and clarification for issues such as depression, anxiety, lack of confidence, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, bereavement and stress management.  People seeking psychotherapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives. These changes often lead to feeling better about oneself and helps create the ability for you to live a happier, more fulfilling life.

 

What can I expect in a therapy session?

During sessions you are encouraged  to talk about the issues and concerns in your life.  A session lasts 50 minutes. Usually weekly sessions are best, however the frequency of sessions may change according to individual needs.  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?

A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy. Often it is helpful just to know that someone understands. Therapy can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or help you in finding a solution that works for you. Many people find therapy to be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, and the hassles of daily life. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:

  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself and your personal goals and values
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships
  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
  • Find new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Managing anger, depression, and other emotional pressures
  • Improving communications skills - learn how to listen to others, and have others listen to you
  • Getting "unstuck" from unhealthy patterns - breaking old behaviors and develop new ones
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems
  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence

 

What if I don't know what my goals are for therapy?

Not know what you want out of therapy is not unusual.  Often times, people just know they aren't as fulfilled or as happy as they woud like.  Through discussion and the process of getting to know you, the issues that create distress or problems in your life will be clarified. it may take several sessions before a direction is clarified. During the course of therapy your goals may change as you gain a better understanding of yourself.

 

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-network provider?
  • Is there a limitation on how much you will pay per session?
  • Is a primary care physician referral required?

 

Although my relationship is with you and not your insurance company, I will provide you with a "Super Bill" to send to your insurance company.  Please remember that reimbursement is between you and your insurance company. I typically do not bill insurance companies directly.

Is therapy confidential?

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a psychotherapist. Information is not disclosed without written permission. However, there are a few 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 insuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, further measures may be taken without their permission in order to ensure their safety.