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Common Questions

 

Is therapy right for me?
How can therapy help me?
What is therapy like?
Is medication a substitute for therapy?
Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?
Is therapy confidential?


 

Is therapy right for me? 

There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues, or problems with anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in life such as a divorce or work transition. Many people seek therapy as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, addiction, body-image issues, and general life transitions. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.

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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How can therapy help me? 

Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that therapy can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapy can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem and support you in moving in the direction of a solution.  Some of the benefits available from therapy include:

 

  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships
  • Finding resolution to the issues 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 communications and listening skills
  • Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
  • Illuminating persistent patterns and negative feelings

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What is therapy like?
Every therapy session is unique and dependent upon the individual and their specific goals. Sessions are usually scheduled either once or twice a week at a regular time.  Each session lasts fifty minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth.  Psychotherapy is a collaborative effort with the therapist lending skills to clients who are working toward greater self-awareness, growth and change. 

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Is medication a substitute for therapy? 
In some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. In such situations, working with a psychiatrist, we can determine how best to combine the treatments. It is well established that the long-term solution to 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 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 approach to wellness.

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Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work? 

I am not on any insurance panels.  If your insurance permits you to see therapists who are not on their panel, they will reimburse you for some portion of your payment.  I bill clients directly, providing you with all the information required by insurance for reimbursement.  To determine if you have mental health coverage, check with your insurance carrier. You will need to provide your member ID and group number.  Check your coverage carefully and ask the following questions:

  • 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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Is therapy confidential? 

I uphold the highest standards of confidentiality within the limits of the law.  In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client.  There are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. 
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. 
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself.

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