Why do people seek therapy?
People come into therapy for many reasons. Some people are struggling with unexpected life changes. 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, teach problem-solving skills, and enhance coping with depression, anxiety, lack of confidence, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, bereavement, stress management, and creative blocks. People seeking psychotherapy are taking steps toward greater responsibility for their actions. The rewards of these steps are personal change and increased mindfulness in life.
What can I expect in a therapy session?
During sessions, we will sit down and talk about the pressing concerns and issues in your life. A session lasts 45-50 minutes. Sessions are typically weekly or biweekly. Some people who are in crisis or extreme distress need more than one session per week, at least until the crisis passes. Between sessions, it is beneficial to think about and process what was discussed. Often, you will be asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book, doing a therapeutic exercise or keeping records. Active participation, both in and outside of the therapy sessions, facilitates growth and change.
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 point you in the direction of a solution. Many people find therapy to be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, and the struggles 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
- Finding 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 developing 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?
If you aren't sure what your goals are for therapy, we will figure that out together . It may take several sessions before a direction becomes clear. During the course of therapy your goals may change. Establishing a plan for therapy will help you get the most out of the experience.
Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?
I accept most insurance plans. There is, however, a confusing array of insurance arrangements. The first thing to do is to 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?
- Is preauthorization required?
- What is my co-payment for each visit?
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 dependent 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 the client's cooperation in ensuring safety.