How can therapy help me?
People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.
There are many benefits in participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support and help you find relief for issues such as trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, stress, and relationship problems. By applying therapy techniques, therapists can provide different perspectives on complicated problems and help guide you to a solution.
How do I know if therapy is right for me?
People go to therapy for all kinds of reasons. We were not created to live in a fish bowl but sometimes our fears, or overwhelming sense of grief and loss cause a disconnect in our ability to cope in a healthy manner, we let go of our support systems and feel as if it's safer to just be alone.
Whether therapy is right for you is perhaps more a matter of finding the right therapist. You should feel comfortable and safe with your counselor, and that you connect with one another. It is important to feel fully heard, to be challenged, and that you are growing as a result of the therapeutic relationship.
How is therapy different from talking to a friend?
The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing your business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
What about medication vs. therapy?
Medication can be effective but used alone, it does not resolve all issues. Sometimes medication is most effective when used in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths which can help you accomplish your personal goals.
Do you take insurance and how does that work?
At this time I do not accept or bill insurance, however, you may still be entitled to reimbursement from your insurance provider. I can provide you a Superbill in order to submit a claim however, realize I am required to provide a diagnosis, which is not something everyone is comfortable with.
If you do plan to submit claims to your insurance company be sure to first confirm that you do in fact have mental health benefits, what your deductible and co-pay are, and what the annual limit on the number of sessions is, if any. As well, because I am not paneled with any insurance providers, I am not considered in network.
If you use your FSA or HSA benefits card, you will not have to worry whether I am in network or paneled with your insurance provider; services are covered in full.
Does what we talk about remain confidential?
Everything discussed in therapy remains confidential between you the client, and I, the therapist. There are exceptions which involve my being a mandatory reporter. If you are a threat to yourself or others, I must take action to report and protect you/them from harm.
How long will therapy take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counseling can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counseling in the first place.