Why do people seek therapy?
People come into therapy for many reasons. Some need to respond to unexpected changes in their lives, while others seek self exploration and personal growth. When coping skills are overwhelmed by guilt, doubt, anxiety or despair, therapy can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping for issues such as depression, anxiety, lack of confidence, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, bereavement, spiritual conflicts, stress management, body image issues, and creative blocks. People seek psychotherapy to work towards self change, create greater awareness in their lives, and build actions that will get their needs met.
What can I expect in a therapy session?
During sessions you may wish to talk about the primary concerns and issues in your life. A session lasts 45 minutes, but some people request longer sessions. usually weekly sessions are best. Some people who are in crisis or extreme distress need more than one session per week, at least until the crisis passes. During the time between sessions it is beneficial to think about and process what was discussed. This works best as a collaborative process between the two of us.
What benefits can I expect from working with a therapist?
A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy. Often it is helpful just to know that someone understands. Therapy can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. Many people find therapy to be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, and the hassles of dally life. The benefits you obtain from therapy is not all on you; the space we will share is one in which you can always let me know how things are going between us. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
What if I don't know what my goals are for therapy?
If you aren't sure what your goals are for therapy, our first task is to figure that out together. It may take several sessions before a direction is clarified. During the course of therapy your goals may change. However, establishing a direction for therapy will help you get the most out of the experience.
Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work
There is a confusing array of insurance arrangements. I am currently on the Aetna and Corp Health panels, but please check with your
insurance carrier. Frequently, out-of-network coverage is liberal. Check your coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions:
Is therapy confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a psychotherapist. Information is not disclosed
without written permission. However, there are number of exceptions to this rule. Exceptions include: