Why do people seek therapy?
There are many different reasons people come to therapy. Perhaps the most common are difficulty dealing with change or loss, unexpected or overwhelming life experiences, relational problems, and self-understanding and discovery. Therapy can be a safe place to get support, learn new coping strategies, get antidotes to old messages, get help with negative feelings and inaccurate self-esteem, and embody a new perspective on life. Most people coming to therapy are motivated to make some changes in life.
What Can I Expect From Therapy?
For therapy to work, you must be an active participant. You will be expected to talk about your concerns, and I will guide you by asking questions that will help you explore and challenge your problems. Although therapy is present and future oriented, sometimes exploring the past is helpful in understanding why you are the way you are. You may be asked to read outside of a session or to keep a log or journal of a certain aspect of your life. A therapy session is typically 50-minutes, and most clients come between two and four times a month.
The benefits of therapy can be profound.
- Improved relational skills
- Accurate sense of self
- Better understanding of self and others
- Resolution to long-standing problems and concerns
- Management of depression, anger, and anxiety
- Healing of old wounds
- Feeling unstuck and freed from old, destructive patterns
What Can We Expect From Therapy as a Couple?
If you have never been involved in couple’s therapy, it may be helpful to understand a few things that differentiate it from individual therapy. Click here to learn more.
Do You Take Insurance?
As you probably already know, the world of insurance is complex and complicated. I will always provide you with a receipt for services. Many people chose to file these with their health savings accounts. If you are clergy or seminarian, please speak with my office manager about what your insurance benefits are. Also, please be advised that in order to file insurance I have to give you a mental health/illness diagnosis. You may want to consider that this will be a part of your permanent medical record. I have a secretary who handles all insurance and billing and she will be happy to discuss this with you.
The best way for you to find out about your insurance is to call your company and ask for the mental health benefits. Ask if there is a deductible, if the provider has to be in-network, and what the out-of-network coverage is.
I will work with you and your insurance company to the best of my ability. However, ultimately, you are responsible for the bill.
How much does therapy cost?
My fee is $130 per 50-minute session.
Is therapy confidential?
With the exceptions listed below, all therapy is totally confidential. I can not talk about the contents of your session with anyone else without your signed permission. I can not even let anyone know that you are a client of mine. The exceptions to this are:
- Suspected child abuse/neglect or dependent elder abuse: If there is even reason to suspect this, I am required by law to report this to the local agencies. It is not my job to do the investigating.
- Threatened harm to another person: I am required by law to notify the police as well as the potential victim.
- Threatened harm to yourself: I always work with a client to obtain the proper level of care and support. Most clients, if they are significantly depressed or suicidal, will be asked to see a physician to be assessed for the need for medication. If a client is uncooperative in getting help, I may have to take other action to keep the client safe.