Frequently asked questions

How can therapy help me?

Therapist can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that 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.

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

Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there is nothing wrong with seekin gout extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you're at 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, re-direct damaging patterns and overcome whatever challeges you face.

What is therapy like?

Because each person has diffierent issues and goals for treatment, therapy will vary depending on the individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. EIther way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist. It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of therapy if you actively learn in session back into your life.n Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process-such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals. People seeking perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.

What about medication vs. therapy?

It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb your progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. Working with your medical doctor, you can determine what is best for you, and in some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action.

Do you take insurance and how does that work?

To determine if you have mental health coverage through your insurance carrier, the first thing you should do is call them. Check your coverage carefully and make sure you understand their answers. Some helpful questions you can ask them: What are my mental health benefits? What is the coverage amount per therapy session? How many therapy sessions does my plan pay for? How much does my insurance pay for out-of-network provider? Is approval required from my primary care physician?

How does confidentiality work?

Confidentiality is one of the most important componets of between the client and therapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discuss anywhere but the therapists office. Every therapist provided written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement and you can't expect that what you discussed in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called "informed consent". Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information with your care team (i.e. psychiatrist, family, PCP), but by law, your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission. However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations: * suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including child protection in law-enforcement, based on the information provided by the client or collateral sources. * if the therapist has a reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/her/them  if a therapist has a reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of themselves or has threatened to harm another person.