Frequently Asked Questions

Is therapy right for me?

This is usually the first question we are asked, and the answer isn’t as straightforward as one might like. It’s important to realize that by looking into therapy, you may have already answered that question. Choosing therapy is a personal, meaningful choice. And therapy is only effective once that choice has been made. There are a variety of different reasons you may choose a therapist. No matter the reason for looking at therapy, it is the right choice for anybody who wants to work for a change in their lives.

What benefits might I enjoy from therapy?

It’s important to realize that therapy is a two-way street. Much of the success you will achieve depends on you! How well do you follow your therapist’s advice? How well do you grasp the concepts that are being taught to you? The benefits of therapy grow as you learn and continue to use the practices you are taught.

Some of the benefits available from therapy include:

  • Managing anxiety, grief, and depression
  • Fostering skills for mending your life
  • Improving your self-esteem
  • Understanding ways to cope with stress
  • Improving quality of life

How exactly can therapy help me?

Therapy provides individuals a variety of tools and understanding that provides support and problem solving skills. You will also be introduced to coping mechanisms to help you in a wide-array of troubles such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship troubles
  • Grief
  • Stress management
  • Altering behavioral patterns to develop newer, healthier habits

Do I really require therapy?

First off, there is nothing wrong with receiving extra assistance as you face some of life’s difficulties. Everybody goes through these hard times, and everybody finds themselves looking for support to help them through this period of life. Therapy allows you to enjoy long-term benefits by giving you tools to work through these problems as they arise.

What will my session be like?

Your session will last 50 minutes. Each session is an opportunity for you to work on what is most important that day. Some times this will take the form of addressing a current life event or crisis situation, other times this means focusing in on one of the goals we have identified as important to you. In the session you are an active participant, I encourage you to share with me during our time together what is helpful, and to report to me if you are getting what you need. Another aspect of each of your sessions is developing the ability to recognize within yourself and your life the positive changes you are implementing and experiencing as a result of participating in therapy.

Does Health Insurance cover my visit?

This depends on the type of coverage you have. It is easy to check your coverage with your Insurance Provider. Simply contact them and ask them some basic questions, such as:

  • What are my plan’s mental health benefits?
  • Does my plan cover therapy sessions? If so, how much is covered?
  • Is there a limit to the number of therapy sessions my plan covers?
  • Is there a list of ‘In-Network’ therapists I can refer to?
  • Does my primary care physician need to endorse my visit?

Is therapy personal?

This is a valid concern. The good news is that most of the time, no information will be disclosed without your consent. In fact, the law protects confidentiality between a client and a therapist. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. Basically, if the therapist learns of a criminal offense, the therapist may be required to take immediate action. Some examples of this include:

  • Suspected abuse; whether child, spouse, or elderly abuse.
  • A client intending to inflict harm upon himself or herself.
  • Threatening violence and bodily harm to an individual.