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  issues that have presented barriers in achieving life goals or finding satisfaction in relationships.  Sometimes it is in response to unexpected changes in one’s life such as a divorce or work transition.  Many seek counseling as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth.  Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new 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, parenting concerns, addiction problems and general life transitions.

Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.  

How can therapy help me?

While every therapy session is unique, my orientation to the therapy process is that the client ( or couple) and therapist are in a combined process of interaction, discussion and understanding.  As the situation is explored, feelings, thoughts and approaches to change are considered by client and therapist together.   Through careful listening, and attunement I have learned to help people find a new perspective that leads to growth and change.  

Is medication a substitute for therapy?

As a licensed clinical social worker, I do not prescribe medication.  However, I do work with psychiatrists in consultation and when it is right to explore medication, this can be an important part of therapy.  Usually, it is best to combine medication with therapy when medication is needed. 

Do you accept insurance?  How does insurance work?

 To determine if you have mental health coverage, the first thing you should do is check with your insurance carrier.  Check your coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions:

What are my mental health benefits?

What is the coverage amount per therapy session?

How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?

How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?

Is approval required from my primary care physician?

Is the therapist I am considering, in or out of my insurance network?

Is therapy confidential? 

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist.  No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client.

However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule.  Exceptions include:

Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse.  The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.

If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person.  The therapist is reuired 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 is intent on hurting him or herself, additional measures may need to be taken.

 

 

 

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