How can therapy help me?
There are countless ways that therapy can help you. What you are looking to get from the experience will determine how it will help you. Therapy is meant to give you the extra support that your social life might not always provide. You are free of judgement and interruption. I strive to provide a safe and secure environment in which you can grow and feel supported.
We can work together to develop coping strategies for a multitude of things. We can work on new ways to cope with your depression and anxiety, work through your grief, develop new strategies to tackle stress, and build up your self-esteem. I aim to provide you with the support you need in order to live the life that you want.
Therapy can be beneficial in many different ways. By helping you get a better understanding of who you are and discovering new ways to solve problems in your life, we can work towards a happier and healthier you.
Do I really need therapy?
The answer to this question ultimately lies within you. In the past you may have felt that you have handled everything fine on your own. However, there is nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. Therapy is not for everyone, but realizing that you need a helping hand is nothing to be ashamed of. Everyone goes through ups and downs in life and having the self-awareness to recognize that you need help is great. Taking responsibility for your life and committing to making a positive change is the first step towards making your life the way that you want it to be.
What is therapy like?
Therapy will vary depending on what you need. In general, discussing any current and past issues, as well as discussing progress made since the last session are common things that should be expected. Therapy can be long or short-term depending on your specific issues and needs. It is common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist to keep consistency.
In order to get more from therapy, you need to participate in the process. Therapy is for you and you alone. I want you to be able to apply what you learn in our sessions to the outside world so that you can continue to move forward.
What about medication?
Put simply, medication alone is not always the answer. Often times there are underlying issues that also need to be dealt with in order for real progress to be made. Just masking them with medications isn’t going to be a positive experience in the long run. Therapy is an important part of the healing process that takes place when we are trying to make a positive change in our lives. Therapy is not just about dealing with the symptoms, but of achieving a new sense of stability and growth.
Can therapy be covered by my insurance?
Calling your insurance carrier is the best way to determine this. It is important to ask them questions about your coverage and make sure that you get clear/understandable answers. Some questions that you may want to ask them include:
Do I have mental health benefits? If so, what are they?
How much do my benefits cover per therapy session?
Is there a specific number of sessions that my benefits cover?
Do my benefits pay for an out-of-network provider? If so, how much?
Do I need prior approval from my primary health care provider?
What are the limitations to therapist/client confidentiality?
Confidentiality is a very important part of the therapeutic process. Therapy requires a great deal of trust. Know that what is said in our sessions will stay in our sessions, with a few exceptions.
You give me permission to discuss the matter with the other members of your healthcare team
What you tell me falls into one of the following two situations:
Past or present abuse/neglect of children, adults or elders
- If you pose a threat of harm to yourself and/or others