Why are you seeking therapy?
Perhaps you're dealing with unexpected changes in your lives. Or your relationship seems dull and stuck. If you're experiencing guilt, doubt, anxiety, or despair, therapy can help. The quality of your relationship and connection can improve when you deal with issues like depression, anxiety, lack of confidence, and unresolved childhood issues. Psychotherapy works when you expand your awareness and are willing to take responsibility for your actions.
What can I expect in a therapy session?
A session of 90 minutes is recommended but not required for a couples therapy session in order to provide ample time for each person to speak and be heard fully. If necessary we can schedule shorter 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?
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. 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?
Establishing a direction for therapy will help you get the most out of the experience. If you aren't sure what your goals are for therapy, I will help you figure that out. It may take several sessions before a direction is clarified.
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?
- Does my insurance cover out-of-network providers?
- What is my deductible and has it been met?
- How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?
- How much do I pay for an out-of-network provider?
- Is there a limitation on how much I will pay per session?
- Is a primary care physician approval 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.