Frequently Asked Questions
is therapy right for me?
Seeking out therapy is a personal choice. Many reasons lead people to choose therapeutic support. From long-standing psychological issues to problems with worry or sadness due to life changes, transitions, career difficulties and relationship issues. Many seek feedback and guidance to help pursue personal exploration and growth. Collaborating with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and strategies to address all types of life challenges and changes. Therapy can help with many issues including depression, anxiety, body-image issues, conflict, grief, stress management and life stress. Therapy is right for anyone who is ready to work on getting more out of life by taking responsibility, increasing self-awareness, and working towards positive change.
is therapy confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all your communication between us. No information is disclosed without your prior written permission. However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:
If child abuse or abuse of a vulnerable adult is suspected. I'm a mandated reporter and required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. I'm required to notify the police.
If a client intends to harm himself or herself. I make every effort to work with my clients to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.
How does Insurance work?
To determine if you have insurance 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?
Do I need a referral from my primary care physician?
What Will I do in therapy?
Every therapy session is unique and tailored to the goals of each person. We will discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during therapy sessions. It's common to schedule a series of weekly sessions that last around fifty minutes. Therapy can be short-term and focus on a specific issue, or, longer-term in which we address 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.