How can therapy help me?
A number of benefits are available from participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support, educate, improve problem-solving and coping skills, help create strategies for elevating grief, creative blocks, anxiety and help resolve relationship issues. Therapy has been known to change disruptive negative behaviors like dissordered eating, addictive and obsessive compulsive patterns. It can help with unresolved childhood issues and moving on from the Roles and Rules of the family unit. Many people find that therapy can be a tremendous asset to enhancing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, marriage or family dynamics. As a therapist, I help you explore what keeps the negative self talk and /or sabatoging behaviors intact. Once they are known, specific strategies to change them are utilized to effect change. I help, teach, coach and support the oppertunity for positive change.Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
- Developing skills for improving your relationships
- Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
- Improving communications and listening skills
- Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
- Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, by seeking out extra support when you need it. Therapy can provide the fast track to resolving problems. Therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need extra help. By taking responsibility for change in your life, accept the committment to therapy, you will learn tools you can use for the rest of your life. These tools will help avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face. Therapy can provide lasting change.
Why do people go to therapy and how do I know if it is right for me?
People have many different motivations for seeking out psychotherapy. Some may be going through a major life transition (health issue, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling specific stressful circumstances well. Some people need support and coaching to impact change on other psychological or physical issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts and creative blocks. Therapy can provide much needed encouragement and help to develop skills to get through these periods of self conflict and doubt. Other people want, and are ready to learn more about themselves, and view therapy as an effective means to attaining their life goals. In short, people seeking psychotherapy are ready to explore the challenges interupting their goals and ready to work towards changes in their lives.
What is therapy like?
Each person have different issues and goals for themselves in therapy. Therapy will be different depending on the individual. In general, expect to discuss the current events, that brought you into therapy. Disscussions on what you see as problems and the behaviors that you want to change. the therapist will question your personal history relevant to your presenting issue, how you view the situtation, and patterns of behaviors that work against you. There will also be a checking in; reporting change part of the session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. It is suggested and found to be most helpful to schedule regular sessions, once a week. As you work with your therapist, you build rapport and create lasting changes.
It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life. Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process, as in homework. Journaling on specific topics, tracking specific behaviors or taking action on your goals, are some of the activities. People seeking psychotherapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives. They do so by looking at new perspectives and take responsibility for their actions and lives.
What about medication vs. psychotherapy?
Instead of just treating the symptom by the use of medication only, therapy addresses the cause of the distress and the behavior patterns that curb or intrupt progress. A person can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what's best for you, and in most cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action.
Do you take insurance, and how does that work?
To determine if you have mental health coverage through your insurance carrier, the first thing you should do is call them. Check your coverage carefully and make sure you understand their answers. Some helpful questions you can ask them:
- 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, if any?
Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with the revelation of highly sensitive subject matter that is not discussed anywhere but the therapist's office. Each therapist provides a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent”.
Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team, but by law, your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.
State law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:
* If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threated to harm another person.
* If suspected past or present, Fedicudial, Physical, Mental, Sexual Abuse, Neglect of Children, Dependent Adults or Elders.
The agencies of Child Protective Services, Adult Protection Services and or Law Enforcement personel will be notified based on the information provided by the client or collateral sources.