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Commonly Asked Questions

Why should I choose therapy?  Will it help me?
There 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 life. 
All 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 strategies
  • Learning problem-solving skills
  • Managing your moods
  • Obtaining emotional support.
  • Getting a fresh, objective perspective on a situation.
  • Learning to apply healthy boundaries and setting appropriate limits with others.

Through 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.
 Benefiting 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
  • Get a fresh perspective on yourself and a clearer picture of your personal life goals and values
  • Develop effective and healthy ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Manage anger and other emotional reactions
  • Break old behavior patterns and develop new ones
  • Improve your self-esteem and boost self-confidence
  • Learn to better care for yourself, enjoy life, and thereby enhance your quality of living

How 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?
  • An objective, non-judgmental stance
  • A respectful and compassionate attitude
  • An ability to identify patterns and address negative thoughts and feelings
  • Provide necessary strategies to resolve problems
  • Use effective techniques to create positive changes
  • Good ethics, healthy boundaries, and effective business practices.

Can’t 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.

What 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? 
Additional Questions
  • Is there coverage for telephone or online sessions?
  • Do you pay for hypnosis, and how much is covered?
  • Are there any Employee Assistance Benefits (also known as EAP)?
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