I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak or crazy?
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the ability to reach out. Everyone needs help. We, as human beings are not built to get through our lives on our own. You already have some strengths that you’ve used before, that for whatever reason isn’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, I’ll help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is treat the symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior and learn and practice strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals.
Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy.
I am not a licensed psychiatrist and cannot prescribe medications, however there are psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners that offer therapy and medication management.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Therapy with me looks like traditional talk therapy, supplemented by exercises and practices that Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
How long will it take?
Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place. I do my best work when clients come in weekly to get traction. This happens around 10 sessions.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other for a session a week. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.
My partner and I are having problems. Should we be in individual counseling or come together?
If you are concerned about your relationship, I would seek a couples therapist and individually see a therapist. It is not helpful to work with the same therapist because of potential trust issues.
What about fees and insurance?
The cost of therapy can vary, and often you can use your insurance to cover a percentage of the cost. Ultimately, the cost of therapy is an investment with a skilled professional who has invested in an advanced degree, licensing, and continuing education and training for professional development to offer you a high standard care. Therapy is an incredibly invaluable service particularly with the right therapist. Paying for therapy out of pocket is a personal investment with a greater emotional connection as you become more invested in the process.
Insurance companies require therapists paneled with their insurance to provide all clients with a mental health diagnosis, which may or may not be warranted. Insurance companies can also dictate the number of sessions that may be provided to a client.
A therapist who does not accept insurance may provide you with a “superbill” which is akin to a diagnostic invoice that insurance companies require to be submitted for reimbursement for a percentage of the cost of therapy.
Explore your options so you can make an informed decision, and verify what your out-of-network benefits offered by your insurance plan.