Why do people go to therapy?
People come into therapy for a variety of reasons. Some need to navigate through unexpected changes in their lives, while others seek general self-exploration and personal growth. Some enter therapy with a specific concern; for others, something is going on in all aspects of their life that they would like to change.
Some people come into therapy simply because they feel emotional pain and need relief. Others enter therapy, because although their lives are structured in a way that they think should bring fulfillment and joy, they find themselves feeling empty and yearning for more.
The main reason people come into therapy is that they hope to understand themselves, know themselves, and be supported for who they are.
What can I expect during the therapy session?
A therapy hour is a fifty-minute session or meeting that is regularly scheduled ( a specific time on a specific day to meet) where you freely talk about your thoughts and feelings. Like any relationship, as you grow more comfortable, you have the opportunity to fully explore those thoughts, to think through possible choices or outcomes, and to feel any associated feelings. The way you make sense of the people in your life, your behaviors, and your tendencies naturally reveal themselves. This process gives you insight into how you make choices, who you tend to allow into your life, where you find your happiness, how you define your successes and challenges, etc.
The regularity of the sessions help you talk about something one week knowing that you will have the chance to talk about it further the next week, until it is worked through to completion.
There's no need to prepare in advance. You simply come in and we go from there. You're not alone in the process.
What benefits can I expect from working with a therapist?
A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy, but like everything, there is no guarantee. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn.
Therapy can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
- Developing a better understanding of yourself and your personal goals and values
- Refining skills for improving your relationships
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
- Increasing your capacity to cope with stress and anxiety
- Managing anger, depression, and other emotions more productively
- Improving communications skills so you feel heard and have a solid voice
- Freeing yourself from behaviors that create barriers to your goals
- Discovering new ways to solve problems
- Improving your self-esteem and self-confidence
Do you accept insurance?
You are responsible for the fee. You will receive a monthly statement that you can submit to your insurance carrier for reimbursement. It is your responsibility to speak to your provider to determine the reimbursement rate for a provider out of network.
Is therapy confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a psychotherapist. Information is not disclosed without written permission. However, there are number of exceptions to this rule. Exceptions include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s. The therapist must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to enlist the client's cooperation in maintaining safety. If the client does not cooperate or if there is a clear intent to inflict harm, further measures may be taken without the client's permission to ensure their safety.
- Receipt of a court order. The therapist is required by law to release information as directed by the court.