Commonly Asked Questions
Why should I choose therapy? Will it help me?
are many reasons to begin a course of therapy, such as managing a chronic condition like depression, resolving a relationship issue, or processing a sudden life change such as a death, or other loss. Often people seek help for problems like depression
or anxiety. Therapy is also useful to
promote personal or spiritual growth. A therapist can provide support, skill-building,
and education to assist clients in creating effective strategies to resolve problems. Therapy can
assist in working through many types of issues such as addictions, fears, loss,
stress, poor self-esteem, and life transitions. Therapy is suitable for people interested in creating greater self-awareness, healing pain, enhancing
the quality of living, and working towards making lasting changes in his or her
of us have had times in our lives when we need assistance getting through a
difficult situation, or need a fresh perspective from an uninvolved party. Therapy
works well for people who have acknowledged that they need some help and
support, and can make a commitment to change their current situation. Therapy can provide these benefits and supply tools to live more peacefully and overcome whatever challenges arise. The tools learned also help to avoid repeating unhealthy patterns and releasing emotional pain from the past.
How does therapy work?
Participating in therapy can provide several benefits, including:
- Identifying and using healthy coping
- Learning problem-solving skills
- Managing your moods
- Getting a fresh, objective perspective on a situation.
- Learning to apply healthy boundaries and setting appropriate limits with others.
therapy, clients learn to effectively reduce anxiety and stress, resolve depression,
process grief and loss, improve relationships, and manage emotions. The result is a better quality of living. Therapists can assist in finding solutions
to problems or just give a different perspective on a challenging issue.
from therapy depends on how well you are able to put into practice what you
learn. Some of the advantages include:
- Learn communication and related skills to improve your relationships with family,
work and friends
a fresh perspective on yourself and a clearer picture of your personal life goals and values
effective and healthy ways to cope with stress and anxiety
anger and other emotional reactions
old behavior patterns and develop new ones
your self-esteem and boost self-confidence
to better care for yourself, enjoy life, and thereby enhance your quality of
does therapy work?
Does it take a long time?
Therapy is unique for each individual and the length of a course of treatment
depends on your specific goals. Therapists routinely take personal history to
better understand your overall situation and the primary issues and
patterns in your life. Therapy is
usually done in a series of weekly sessions, each lasting around 45 to 50 minutes,
and can be done individually or in combination with significant others. Treatment
may be short-term if you are focusing on a specific issue, or
longer if you want to address more complex issues. Sometimes feelings may arise that are scary
or painful, however, the counselor will help you process them to reduce and
release negative feelings, enabling you to obtain
clarity and feel more peaceful . Occasionally you will be asked
to take certain actions outside of the counseling sessions, such as reading a
book related to your issue, or keep a record of an activity, thought or
other behavior. It is important to process what you talk about with your counselor in sessions and incorporate
the tools you learn in therapy into your everyday life. Positive changes and achieving goals is accelerated when you use the tools learned and take some time to think/write/draw about your inner experiences. Therapy is most
effective when you are an active participant in the process. By
increasing your awareness of your behavior and consciously making small adjustments, you will enhance
and speed the result you seek.
What should I expect from my therapist?
objective, non-judgmental stance
respectful and compassionate attitude
- An ability
to identify patterns and address negative thoughts and feelings
necessary strategies to resolve problems
effective techniques to create positive changes
- Good ethics, healthy boundaries, and effective business practices.
medication give the same benefits as therapy?
Medication is a useful tool in some cases to start a client on the path to
healing from a variety of mental or emotional problems.
Sometimes a combination of medication and
therapy is what a client needs in order to feel better on a long-term basis. It’s
important to talk with your medical doctor to determine whether medication will
be safe and effective for you, and he or she may refer you to a specialist in
order to decide the best course of medication treatment. However, while
medications can effectively treat many of the symptoms of mental and emotional
problems, such as depression and anxiety, the long-term solution to mental and
emotional problems cannot be resolved solely by medication. Therapy goes further, to look at the underlying causes of your distress and implements changes in the
behaviors that hinder your wellness. With the use of an approach that integrates a variety of methods, you are better able to achieve and sustain good mental health
and emotional well-being.
about insurance? How does it work?
To determine if you have mental health coverage, first contact your insurance
carrier. Ask the following questions:
- What are my
mental health benefits?
- Do I have to first meet a deductible before benefits are paid?
- What will I have to pay for each therapy session?
- How many
sessions are covered on my plan per year?
- Is my
therapist covered on my plan?
- Is there
coverage for an out-of-network therapist?
- Do I need
prior authorization, and how do I get it?
- Is there coverage for telephone or
- Do you pay for hypnosis, and how
much is covered?
- Are there any Employee Assistance
Benefits (also known as EAP)?