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Common Questions

Is therapy right for me?

Seeking therapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological or behavioral issues. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one's life. Many seek therapy to pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a therapist can help provide goal-oriented results, insight, support, and new strategies for many types of life challenges. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can help address numerous types of issues whether they be emotion, behavioral, or both. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working toward change in their lives.

Do I really need therapy?  I can usually handle my problems.

Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have the self-awareness to realize that they need or desire assistance to achieve their goals. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you are in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, change damaging patterns, and overcome the challenges you face.

How can therapy help me?

A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for many of life's issues.  Countless people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, behavioral problems, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists 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. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:

  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
  • Recognize the patterns of thinking that are getting in your way
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships
  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
  • Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
  • Improving communication and listening skills
  • Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems in your life
  • Improving your concept of self and self-acceptance

What is therapy like? 

Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. It is standard for therapists to gather background information and discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during therapy sessions. It is common to schedule a series of therapy sessions: weekly, every other week, monthly, or as needed, depending on your needs and progress.  Each session lasts about fifty minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue; or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain thoughts and behaviors. It is important to process and practice what has been discussed and integrate it into your life between sessions. For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions. People seeking psychotherapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives. Here are some things you can expect out of therapy:
  • Compassion, respect and understanding
  • Perspectives to illuminate persistent patterns and negative feelings
  • Real strategies for enacting positive change
  • Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance

Is medication a substitute for therapy?

In some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. Working with your Primary Care Physician or Psychiatrist, you can determine what's best for you. It is well established that the long-term solution to mental, behavioral, and emotional problems and the pain they cause is often best achieved through a combination of medication and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Psychotherapy endeavors to address the cause of distress and the behavior patterns that curb progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness.

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:

  • What are my mental health benefits?
  • What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
  • How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
  • How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
  • Is approval required from my primary care physician?
Please see Rates & Insurance to review my current insurance contracts.

If I am not an approved provider under your insurance plan, a receipt will be provided for your submission to your insurance provider for possible out-of-network reimbursement.

Is therapy confidential?

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client.

However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist will take protective measures, including to notifing law enforcement.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself; the therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual is unable or unwilling to cooperate with appropriate treatment recommendations, additional measures may need to be taken, including involuntary commitment.

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