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Common Questions

Is therapy right for me?
Seeking out therapy is an individual choice.  There are many reasons why people come to therapy.  Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues or problems with anxiety or depression.  Other times, it is in response to unexpected changes in one's life - such as a divorce or work transition.  Many seek the advice of a counselor as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth.  Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new coping strategies for all types of life challenges.  Therapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, body-image issues, and general life transitions.  Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in finding resolution to their issues as quickly as possible.

Do I really need therapy?  I can usually handle my problems.


Everyone goes through challenging situations in life – difficult relationships, stressful jobs, overwhelming emotions, painful experiences, parenting challenges, marital difficulties, and significant life transitions.  And, while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it.  In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be applauded.  You are taking responsibility by accepting where you're at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy.  Therapy provides valuable insights and support from an objective third party, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, change destructive patterns, and overcome the challenges you face.

How can therapy help me?


Counseling can provide a number of benefits. Therapists provide support, problem-solving skills, and healthier coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and other emotional issues. Many people also find that counselors can be a valuable source of alternative perspectives and new ideas.  Sometimes just getting a new angle on an old problem can lead to a resolution.  A counselor’s training allows them to see the emotional and relational patterns that are contributing to your problems.  The benefits you obtain from therapy depend largely upon how much you invest in the therapeutic process and put into practice the insights you gain in therapy – in everyday life.  Some of the benefits available from therapy include: 

  • 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 and anxiety
  • Managing anger, grief, depression, and other intense and distressing emotions
  • Improving communication and listening skills
  • Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting your self-confidence 
What is therapy like? 
Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. It is standard for therapists to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during therapy sessions. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts around fifty minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. It is important to process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life between sessions. For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions. People seeking psychotherapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives. Here are some things you can expect out of therapy:

 

  • Compassion, respect and understanding
  • Perspectives to illuminate persistent patterns and negative feelings
  • Real strategies for enacting positive change
  • Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance


Is medication a substitute for therapy?
In some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what's best for you. It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness.


Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?
I am an in-network provider with Anthem/ Blue Cross Blue Shield and Sagamore Health Network.  I am an out-of-network provider for all other insurance plans.  When you come in for your first appointment, I'll get a copy of your insurance card and my office staff will call to determine your benefits. Services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan.  If you want to check your coverage yourself, ask your insurance company the following questions:

  • Do I have in-network or out-of-network mental health insurance benefits?
  • What is my deductible and has it been met?
  • How many sessions per year does my health insurance cover?
  • What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
  • Is approval required from my primary care physician?

Is therapy confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is released without prior written permission from the client.
However, there are some exceptions, required by law, to this rule. Exceptions include:
  • Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the police.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.


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