How can therapy help me?
- 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, anxiety, frustration.
- Managing your children and adult relationships.
- Mindfully working with your emotions as guides to better understanding.
- Working through grief, loss and depression.
- Improving communication and listening skills.
- Developing skills that enhance your lifelong well-being.
- Discovering effective ways to solve personal and family challenges.
- Exploring ways to find your sense of purpose and meaning.
Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.
Those seeking out a licensed therapist are being pro-active and wisely seeking ways to enhance their life. And clients find that their investment in themselves and their loved ones can provide long-lasting benefits and support, and tools to overcome and grow from life’s challenges.
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 (pregnancy, birth, new relationship, new job, unemployment, divorce, life-threatening illness, loss.), or are not effectively handling stressful circumstances. Some people seek assistance managing a range of other common issues 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 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 life’s challenges and to explore ways to make positive changes.
What is therapy like?
Clients find that they benefit most from therapy when actively participating in the process, in this way clients bring what they discover in sessions back into everyday life. Therefore, therapists may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process – such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on thoughts, feelings and behaviors or taking action on goals.
People seeking psychotherapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, and are open to new perspectives.
What about medication vs. psychotherapy?
Sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being is best achieved with an integrative approach to wellness. It is well established that long-term solutions to mental and emotional challenges and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. And while there are certain instances when medication is essential, research shows that incorporating therapy into prescriptive regimen has more lasting positive results. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what’s best for you. And psychotherapy which addresses underlying psycho-biological causes of distress can then build thinking-feeling-action behavior patterns that enhance mind-body health.
Do you take insurance, and how does that work?
- 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?
Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
- 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 has threated to harm another person.