How can therapy help me?
- Attain a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
- Develop skills for improving your relationships
- Find resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
- Learn new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Manage anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
- Improve communications and listening skills
- Change old behavior patterns and develop new ones that serve you better
- Discover new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
- Improve your self-esteem and boost confidence
Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties that you have faced, there is nothing wrong with seeking out extra support. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need support. You are taking responsibility by accepting your circumstances in life and making a commitment to change them. Therapy can provide long-lasting and meaningful benefits.
What is therapy like?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different 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 then report progress or any new insights gained from the previous therapy session as well as any obstacles to benefitting from what you learned in previous sessions. 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. After the first session, we will develop a plan together.
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 is to help you take what you learn in session back out into your life. 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 psychotherapy should be ready to make positive changes in their lives and open up to new perspectives.
What about medication vs. psychotherapy?
It is well established that the long-term mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of distress and the behavior patterns that curb progress. You can best achieve growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. Often, psychiatrists and therapists communicate and work together to ensure that you are cared for with the best treatment plan possible. A release of information form will need to be signed for this to happen. I provide the appropriate forms.
Do you take insurance, and how does that work?
The first step is for you to determine whether you have mental health coverage through your insurance carrier or not. (I can help with this process as well.) The questions to ask:
- What are my mental health benefits?
- What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
- How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
- How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
- Is approval required from my primary care physician?
I currently accept Cigna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and Aetna.
Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
It is important to maintain the utmost in confidentiality between a client and a therapist. The therapeutic process includes developing a high level of trust with sensitive subject matter. Every therapist is required by state licensing rules to provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement as well as written agreement signed by you to share any information with any outsider. These are called an “Informed Consent” and a “Release of Information.”
The only exception to these rules are that 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 and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
* If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or others or has threated to harm another person.