Frequently Asked Questions
Why do people seek therapy?
People come to therapy for many reasons. Some are responding to unexpected changes in their lives, while others seek self-exploration and personal growth. Therapy can provide support and enhance coping skills for issues such as depression, anxiety, lack of confidence, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, bereavement and stress management. Generally, people seeking psychotherapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and desire greater awareness.
What can I expect in a therapy session?
During sessions we will talk about the primary concerns and issues in your life. A session lasts 45 minutes. Usually weekly sessions are best. Some people who are in crisis or extreme distress need more than one session per week, at least until the crisis passes. During the time between sessions it is beneficial to think about and process what was discussed. For therapy to “work”, you must be an active participant, both in and outside of the therapy sessions.
What are the benefits of therapy?
- Gaining a better understanding of yourself and your belief systems
- Becoming comfortable with a fuller range of human emotion
- Getting “unstuck” from unhealthy patterns – letting go of old behaviors and developing new ones
- Improving your self-esteem and confidence
- Reducing stress and anxiety
- Developing skills for improving your relationships
- Increasing capacity for intimacy
- Increasing comfort in social, work and family settings
The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. There is no guarantee that therapy will yield any or all the benefits listed above.
What are the risks of therapy?
Participating in therapy may involve some discomfort, including remembering and discussing unpleasant events, feelings and experiences. The process may evoke strong feelings of sadness, anger, fear, etc. There may be times in which your perspective and assumptions will be challenged and different perspectives may be offered.
During the therapeutic process, many patients find that they feel worse before they feel better. This is generally a normal course of events. Personal growth and change may be easy and swift at times, but may also be slow and frustrating. You should address any concerns you have regarding your progress with me.
Do you accept insurance?
I do not accept insurance. If you choose to use your insurance, I will provide you with a statement that you can sumit to your insurance company for reimbursement for fees already paid. Not all plans cover psychotherapy. It is your responsibility to determine if your health insurance will reimburse you.
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 a number of exceptions to this rule. Exceptions include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person(s). I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself. I will make every effort to enlist your cooperation in insuring your safety. If you do not cooperate, further measures may be taken without your permission in order to ensure your safety.