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Common Questions

Is therapy right for me?

Seeking out therapy is an individual choice.  There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Unfortunately we all have one thing in common.  We go because of emotional or physical pain, or fear that something is not right in our lives, relationships, or with our health. Sometimes, we feel overwhelmed by pressures of family, work, or our own self expectations.  Other times, it is in response to unexpected changes in one's life such as a divorce or work transition.  Often someone else suggests "maybe you should talk to someone".  Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new coping methods for all types of life's challenges.  Therapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress related symptoms and the unexpected surprises which are so much a part of living in the world today.  Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in discovering new and more effective ways to respond to the important relationships in  life, increasing flexibility in problem solving, and experiencing more satisfying connection with self and others.

What can I expect in a therapy session?

Every therapy session is unique and responds to each individual and their specific concerns.  During therapy sessions it is standard to talk about the primary issues and concerns in your life.  It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts 50 minutes.   Sometimes individuals who are going through a particularly difficult challenge may request more time per session or more than one session per week. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue or longer-term, addressing more complex issues keeping you stuck in familiar but unproductive thoughts, feelings and behavior.  For therapy to be most effective you must be an active and motivated participant.

What benefits can I expect from working with a therapist?

Therapy can provide insight and new perspectives into life's challenges and can help create solutions to difficult problems.  Many people find that working with a therapist can enhance personal development, improve relationships and family dynamics, and ease the challenges of daily life.   Sometimes, just having someone there to listen is helpful. Overall, people in therapy tend to have lower levels of anxiety and stress, decreased conflict, and improved quality of life.

Some of the benefits available from therapy include:

  • Developing new skills for handling stress and anxiety
  • Modifying unhealthy behavior and long-standing patterns
  • Attaining insight into personal patterns and behavior
  • Increasing confidence, peace, vitality, and well-being
  • Improving ways to manage anger, depression and moods
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems
  • Navigating life’s obstacles more effectively
  • Improving listening and communication skills
  • Enhancing the overall quality of life

Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?

To determine if you have mental health coverage, 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 does my plan cover for an out-of-network provider?
  • What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
  • Is preauthorization required?

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 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 insuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, further measures may be taken without their permission in order to ensure their safety.