“Just because you don’t know the answer doesn’t mean that one does not exist. You simply haven’t discovered it yet.”
How Can Therapy Help Me?
Taking the first step can be overwhelming and scary. Therapists provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, stress management, body image issues and more. Therapists provide a safe, warm, welcoming place to process life's challenges and help achieve positive growth and lasting change. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. 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, depression, and other emotional pressures
Improving communications and listening skills
Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
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 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 your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly).
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 bring what you learn in session back 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 are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.
Do You Take Insurance?
I currently do not accept insurance. However, if you have a PPO and they accept "Out Of Network Providers", I can provide you with a statement to submit to your insurance. To determine if you have mental health coverage through your insurance carrier, please ask your insurance carrier the following:
What are my mental health benefits?
What are the number of covered sessions per year?
What are the reimbursable diagnoses?
Do you reimburse for "Out of Network Providers"?
Is Therapy Confidential?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. 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. However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:
1. If the therapist suspects any instance of child or elder abuse/neglect, he/she is legally required to report this to the proper authorities.
2. If the therapist believes a client is in danger of harming herself/himself or is gravely disabled the therapist can break confidentiality in order to protect the client from harm.
3. If the client is behaving in a way that poses a threat to the life of another person, confidentiality must be broken.