FAQ's

How can Therapy Help me?

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

Why do people go to therapy and how do I know if it is right for me?

What is Therapy like?

What about medication vs. psychotherapy?

Do you take insurance, and how does that work?

How can Therapy Help me?

A number of benefits result from participating in therapy. Therapists provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for challenges such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists may provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or assist you in reflecting on the benefits and drawbacks to those choices you have before you. The more you engage in the process and put into practice what you learn, the more you will gain from therapy. Some opportunities in therapy include:

  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships
  • Finding resolution to the struggles or concerns that led you to seek therapy
  • Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
  • Improving boundaries, communication, and listening skills
  • Changing old behavioral patterns and developing more helpful ones
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence

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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 you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out 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 challenges you face.

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Why do people go to therapy and how do I know if it is right for me?

People have many different motivations for coming to psychotherapy. Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.). Some people need assistance managing a range of other challenges such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts and creative blocks. Therapy can help provide some much needed encouragement and help with skills to get them through these periods. Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life. In short, people seeking psychotherapy are ready to meet the challenges in their lives and ready to make changes in their lives.

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What is Therapy like?

Because each person has different experiences, strengths, 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 struggles, 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 for additional personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular, weekly sessions to start, unless otherwise recommended by your therapist.

It is important to understand that you will obtain greater and more impactful results from therapy when you embrace change and actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life. Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest activities 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 are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.

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What about medication vs. psychotherapy?

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

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Do you take insurance, and how does that work?

We are an out-of-network provider. If you have out-of-network insurance benefits, you may be eligible for partial or full reimbursement by your health insurance provider or employee benefit plan.

Full session fee is due at the time of service; we will provide you with an invoice that you may submit to your health insurance or employee benefit plan.

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 cover?
  • How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
  • Is approval required from my primary care physician?

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What is confidentiality? Will my therapy sessions be private?

Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist's office. Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent”. Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, Naturopath, Attorney), 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, dependent adults, and elders requires therapists to immediately report to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.

* If we have reason to suspect the client intends or is seriously in danger of harming themselves, we will make every effort to enlist the client's cooperation in ensuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, we will take further measures without their permission that are provided to us by law in order to ensure their safety.

* If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/persons, we must notify the police and inform the intended victim/victims.

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Monday:

Closed

Tuesday:

10:00 am-8:00 pm

Wednesday:

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Thursday:

10:00 am-7:00 pm

Friday:

10:00 am-7:00 pm

Saturday:

10:00 am-12:00 pm

Sunday:

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