Questions About Therapy
What purpose does therapy serve?
Therapy is the practice of learning to better understand your own tendencies, behaviors and emotions. Therapy can help you relate better to, eliminate or control troubling symptoms / tendencies that effect you and your relationships. Therapy can help you live close to what you feel your truth is.
Can Therapy Help Me?
People usually enter therapy for one of two reasons. One is to help with problems of living. The second is to gain recovery and healing from more serious, persistent and pervasive mental health concerns. Problems of living generally include issues from one of these following areas 1) Relationship 2) Business / Finance 3) Existential Issues 4) Health and Wellness. It is not uncommon depending on your history that problems of living and healing work intersect from time to time. No matter what the mix is, a therapist can help guide you through and put a container over what might feel chaotic. Ultimately you will be in the driver's seat and the therapist will act as a guide to help you navigate the map that therapy takes place on. From time to time your therapist will take over and drive when necessary or requested.
I feel like I have my problems under control. Do I really need therapy?
Sometimes just because we have controlled a problem does not necessarily mean that we are able to live as authentically as we would like. Eliminating a problem that has persisted for a while may have lingering consequences that need to be addressed. Furthermore once that problem has exited our life we are often left with an opening where that problem used to exist and excess energy that was once used to cope with that problem.Therapy can be the process of realizing your potential and living closer to your truth. In fact therapy does not always have to be about coping with problems. Plenty of people enter therapy as a way to better get to know themselves and their own minds.
How do I know therapy is right for me?
If you find yourself contemplating this question then the answer is most certainly yes, therapy can be right for you. Therapy is a reasonable path to take for people looking for support, looking to better themselves or recovering from a diagnosable mental health concern. Sometimes we are just going through a particularly stressful time in life and could use unbiased support.
Why do people go to therapy?
I don't feel like I have a major problem. Can I still benefit from therapy
One of the biggest misconceptions about therapy is that you need to have a “big” problem. The truth is the only requirement for therapy is an interest in personal growth and development. For some this will require significant healing and recovery while for others therapy might be less intense and more streamlined. Common reasons people enter therapy who don't feel they have any "major" problems are because of relationship difficulities, professoinal development, existential issues and issues around health and wellness. Sometimes it may even feel like a series of small stressors or concerns make it difficult to prioritize what to address first and where to start.
How will I know if therapy is working?
This is a great question. Success in therapy can be measured in several ways. The expectations that you bring into therapy are crucial in determining the ultimate outcome. We highly recommend discussing expectations with your therapist during the first one or two sessions. Many people measure success by decreasing the intensity, duration and frequency of the symptoms or problem a client enters therapy with. For others success is noticing marked improvements in a specific relationship. Other times clients find success in learning to put meaning and understanding to painful past events. Success really looks different for everyone and by processing this with your therapist you increase your chances of leaving therapy with noticeable improvements.
Does what I say in therapy remain confidential?
Will you get tired of hearing me talk about the same things over and over again?
Will there be any written records of what I say?
What happens to that record? It is required by the state regulatory boards that notes are taken after every session. Notes typically are very general summaries of what occurred in the session. Rarely if ever will specific details be recorded. All notes are stored in our online platform, Simple Practice. Simple Practice is HIPPA compliant and ensures that nobody except for your therapist has access to any personal information. You have the ability/right to request a copy of your records.
Will my insurance cover our sessions? How does that work?
For various reasons we are not paired with any insurance providers. Insurance providers tend to limit treatment types as well as frequency and duration of therapy. They also require diagnosis based on the DSM-V when oftentimes diagnosis is not necessary or warranted. Furthermore not using insurance increases confidentiality.This does not mean your insurance will not cover your therapy sessions. Some insurance companies offer “ out of network benefits''. If this is the case we can create and forward to you a ‘Super Bill” that you in turn will submit to your provider. Once submitted it is up to your insurer to make the determination if they will reimburse you for therapy. In our experience approvals happen about 50% of the time.
Do I pay every session? Monthly?
Do you offer sliding scale?
What if I cannot make it to a session? ( Cancellation Policy)
We ask that if you need to cancel or reschedule you please provide 24 hour notice. Appointments cancelled or rescheduled with less than 24 hour notice will be charged at the agreed upon rate. Exception to this is if we are able to reschedule within the same day as the original appointment.
Where are you located?
How long do sessions last?
All of our sessions are 50 minutes long.
Can I give you a call?
You are welcome to call us to discuss how we might be able to help you or to schedule an appointment or consultation.