+ What is therapy like?
In some ways, therapy is very similar to what you see in movies: the client comes in and sits on a couch and addresses their thoughts and feelings about the particular situation that is of concern. What is different is that therapy is interactive; it will not be you talking and talking with no response. Therapy is a place where you can get an objective opinion and perspective on your situation, and with the assistance of treatment, develop insight into the reasons behind your actions. With that insight, you can then begin to make future decisions that you are comfortable with and confident in.
+ How long and frequent are sessions?
Sessions typically last 45-50 minutes and are scheduled for once-weekly appointments. However, there are always situations that are unique to each client’s needs. If you are feeling that in a particular week you need a longer session, or need more frequent sessions, this can always be discussed, as treatment is tailored to your specific needs. On the same hand, if you feel you no longer need weekly appointments, sessions can be decreased to bi-monthly or monthly as clinically appropriate.
+ How long does therapy last?
The length of therapy depends on the issues at hand and the individual’s set goals. For clients who are looking to address a behavior change or to prepare for a concrete and time-limited goal, therapy may be resolved in a set amount of sessions. For others who are looking to address past traumas or deeper issues, therapy may be longer or ongoing. Regardless of the issue you are presenting in treatment, the length of therapy is ultimately decided by you. If you are ever dissatisfied with treatment, you can terminate at any time. As part of the beginning of therapy, treatment goals will be addressed, and when those goals are reached, the discussion of termination will begin. Sometimes after one goal is completed another one arises, or sometimes reaching one goal is all you need to feel ready to move on.
+ What are my payment options?
Payment can either be through your insurance plan or out-of-pocket. We are currently in-network for BlueCross BlueShield PPO, Aetna, and United Healthcare. If you are interested in submitting out-of-network claims, we can also offer monthly invoices for services rendered. Sliding scale fees are also available and based on income level.
+ Is therapy confidential?
Yes. Everything you say in therapy stays between you and your therapist. There are only a few limits to confidentiality. Anytime you mention thoughts of wanting to harm yourself, or harm others, or mention that someone else is harming you, we may be obligated by law to make a report or take necessary action to ensure the safety of you and others. In couples therapy, our therapists are also unable to keep secrets with one partner from another. As you and your partner are in therapy together, your relationship also becomes a client in treatment and not being honest inhibits the progress your relationship is able to make.
+ What can I expect from my first session?
In your first session, you and your therapist will address your reasons for coming into treatment and develop treatment goals that fit with your pace and ideas for change. There will most likely also be discussions on any past treatment you’ve had and how you’ve tried to reach your goals prior to entering into therapy. Often, but not always, there will also be discussion of your past and history with family, friends, and relationships, as pertinent to the issues at hand so that we can develop a detailed picture of how the presenting problem was created and how it is maintained by patterns and sequences in the current family and environmental structure.
+ Do I need medication?
The needs for medication will depend on the issues presented and your interest in medication. Medication is never the sole solution to an issue, but often it can be a helpful tool in conjunction with regular therapy. Often medication can help people who suffer with depression or anxiety to reach a level of functioning that allows them to get through their daily activities and responsibilities. Typically therapy is the first recommended step, and if the situation becomes worse or does not get better after a significant amount of time, medication might be discussed as an option. You will never be forced or pushed to seek out medication treatment, but if it is something you are interested in you are always encouraged to bring it up for discussion and a potential referral.