FAQ

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?


People go to therapy for a large spectrum of reasons. Oftentimes people even come to therapy without a concrete reason other than “something just doesn’t feel right”. Other times there are very concrete reasons including issues with mood, relationship concerns, sexuality, substance/behavioral addictions, anxiety, past and current traumas, life transitions, grief and many more. No matter the issues though people go to therapy because they have encountered some type of roadblock in life that despite countless attempts cannot be figured out alone. This road block may be overcome by learning new skills or some roadblocks are more significant and require a full recovery process. Therapy is a tool to guide you through whatever specific process you need.




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?


This is an important reason why therapy works, because of confidentiality. Your confidentiality is protected by both state laws and HIPPA. Nothing you say will ever be discussed with anyone else. The only exceptions to this is if you report being a danger to yourself, to someone else or if there is evidence of active child or elder abuse. What you say in therapy otherwise stays between you and your therapist.




Will you get tired of hearing me talk about the same things over and over again?


Great question and the answer is absolutely not. More often than not it is necessary to repeat, rehash and reathor our stories as a vital part of the healing and growth process. If you are repeating the same themes or stories there is a meaningful reason for this.




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.





Housekeeping

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?


Payments are done online through our ‘Simple Practice” platform and are submitted at the conclusion of each session.




Do you offer sliding scale?


Absolutely, we have a set number of sliding scale openings. When one is available we consider each case on an individual basis. Our full rate is $125 per session.




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?


We are located in Northeast Ohio between Cleveland and Akron.




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.




Do you have evening and weekend availability?


Yes we provide both evening and weekend appointments. Typically the earliest appointments are 10am and the latest 7:30pm. Accommodations can always be made for special circumstances.




How do I schedule my appointments?


Scheduling will be handled between you and your therapist at the conclusion of each appointment. If you prefer to schedule out several weeks in advance you are welcome to do so. Through the Simple Practice platform you will recieve reminders about your appointment times along with a link for your upcoming video session.





Questions About The Therapist

How can I tell if a therapist is a good match for me?


The most important way to tell this is to determine if you feel a connection to your therapist. Connection can be an intuitive feeling and/or a feeling that you and the issues you bring into therapy are respected, understood and heard. You should also expect to feel validated and not judged. Any therapist you should seriously consider will have no problem answering any quetions you have for them. Do they specialize in or have they had training in the area you are seeking help? What is their therapy style? Do they do long or short term therapy? Do they themselves have their own therapist/coach, or have they ever? Anything that you have concenrs or need clarity on you should address. Above all else though your personal connection with the therapist holds a great deal of weight on the outcome of treatment. Without that therapy may not be as effective as you had hoped.




Should I work with a male or female therapist?


When deciding to see a male or female therapist there is no right or wrong answer. Depending on what issues and background you are bringing into therapy, a unique sense of healing can be found working with a male or female respectively. If you choose a therapist but are still unsure what sex you want to work with I strongly encourage you to bring this concern up early on in your sessions.




What credenentials should I look for?


In the state of Ohio there are several license types that you should be aware of. Although there are numerous license types, the scope of practice on all of them are very similar. This means that most are qualified to treat a wide range of mental health concerns. Licenses related to mental health counseling specifically are LPC, LPCC, iMFT, MFT, LCSW, LSW. If you notice other letters in addition to these it often represents a specialization. Feel free to ask your therapist about their specific licence type and specializations.




Can I change therapists?


Absolutely. Sometimes your relationship with your therapist just won't click or you won’t feel you are getting the help you need. If you feel that things are not working out, openly discuss this with your therapist and if trying another therapist still seems like a good option your therapist will be able to refer you to someone who might be a better fit. Don't feel bad either. Above all else we want you to feel like you are headed in the right direction and we want you to find the help you need.




Will you think I'm "crazy"?


The term “crazy” gets thrown around a lot in popular culture. Calling someone “crazy” is simply another way of being dismissive and communicating that you do not want to take the time to understand the nature and tendencies of another person. With that said we will absolutely never be dismissive of your struggles, your tendencies, how you cope or anything else that makes you you. We will both be in this therapy relationship together with the intention of gaining a better understanding of you





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