Why do people seek therapy?
People come into therapy for many reasons. Some need to respond to unexpected changes in their lives, while others seek conflict resolution or personal growth. When people are feeling overwhelmed by guilt, doubt, anxiety, or despair and feeling stuck, therapy can help. The therapist and the therapy process can provide support, guidance and enhanced coping for areas of concern such as depression, anxiety, lack of confidence, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief and loss, stress management, poor self-concept, sexual problems and general dissatisfaction with life. People who come to therapy are courageously seeking new insight to promote greater understanding and healing, and working toward change.
What can I expect in a therapy session?
During sessions you are expected to talk about and be willing to explore the concerns and issues in your life. A therapy session lasts 50 minutes, but longer sessions are available if requested. Weekly sessions are best, especially at the onset of the therapy process. Some people who are in crisis or extreme distress request 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 therapy, such as reading related material or keeping a journal. To get maximum benefit from therapy, 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 therapy. Often it is helpful just to have a safe place to talk and know that someone understands. Therapy can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a new solution. Many people find therapy to be a supportive process that helps them manage personal growth, relationships, family concerns, and the stress of daily life. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself and establishing boundaries
- Increasing relationship satisfaction, resolving conflicts
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
- Implementing new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Managing anger, depression, and other emotional pressures
- Improving communications skills
- Getting “unstuck” from destructive behavioral patterns
- Discovering new ways to solve problems
- Improving your self-concept
- Healing from old emotional wounds
Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?
There are many different types of insurance and coverage. This may seem confusing, but the process can be quite simple. The first thing you should do is check with your insurance provider by calling the Member Service number on your insurance card. You can obtain information about your coverage by asking the representative 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?
- How much do you pay for an out-of-network provider?
- Is primary care physician approval required?
Is therapy confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a therapist. 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 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.