Healthy Change, One Boundary at a Time
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you’ve faced, there’s nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you’re at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.
What is therapy like?
Usually, it all starts with a phone call and setting up an appointment. When you call the office, you will either be greeted by me or, if I am in session with a client, you will leave me a voicemail. I will return your call as soon as sessions end. Next, we will discuss your needs. If you decide my expertise is a fit for your needs, we will schedule a counseling session.
In the first session, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your challenges. Towards the end of our first session, we will decide how often you should come to counseling.
Sometimes I will ask you to practice some of the tools we cover outside of the therapy session. This helps to maintain the work we do in sessions.
How long will I need to come to therapy?
Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term or longer-term. It all depends on the challenges you are facing and the severity in which it is impacting your life.
When challenges are more severe, it may take a bit longer to heal from. You will get better results from therapy if you actively and consistently participate in the process.
What about medication vs. psychotherapy?
When dealing with issues that threaten our mental and emotional wellness, medication alone is not always the best solution.
Often times, clients are recommended to seek counseling from a medical doctor. Both medical and mental health communities understand the benefits of collaboration to help the client achieve full wellness.
Are you in-network with insurance?
I am currently out of network with all insurance plans.
Do you keep what we talk about in therapy confidential?
Confidentiality is of the utmost importance to me as your therapist. I follow ethical and legal statutes as it relates to client confidentiality.
There are only a few reasons why I would have to break confidentiality:
1. If client may be an immediate danger to themselves or others.
2. If the client is endangering in child or elder abuse.
3. If I am ordered to release information by a judge in a court of law.