Is therapy right for me?
Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. Many people seek therapy when they sense something missing or "off-balance" in their lives and want to figure out what to do about it. If you feel lonely, unhappy or anxious; find yourself in relationships that seem to go nowhere or feel "stuck in a rut" professionally, therapy can help you work through your problems. During our sessions, I will be listening carefully, asking questions, making observations, and sharing thoughts & insights. Therapy is your time to reflect, explore and discover your unique self.
Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and there's nothing wrong with seeking extra support when you need it. For example, many people manage painful emotions in harmful ways, i.e. binge drinking, over-eating, abusing drugs and alcohol. While this may work for the short-term, problems avoided tend to resurface. Therapy can help to address these problems leading to lasting change for the better.
How can therapy help me?
It's a common misconception that therapy is only for those who are ill or perceived to be lacking in some way. On the contrary, it takes a great deal of courage to look at oneself openly and honestly. Some will find in therapy new ways of looking at and managing problems. Others will discover tips for healthy communication leading to more meaningful relationships. And still others will find therapy useful to work through unresolved grief or issues from the past that continue to hamper them.
Ultimately, therapy is designed to help you be the best "YOU" you can be.
What is therapy like?
During the initial session, I'll help you feel comfortable talking to me. Next we will discuss the sorts of problems you are experiencing and how these problems are affecting your life. I will tap into not just the problems but the strengths and coping skills that have helped you in the past and discuss how this can be useful in the treatment. Finally, I will consult with you about the various strategies we might use to make the treatment most beneficial to you.
When we agree to work together, we will set up a schedule of meetings and agree on a goal you want to achieve. We will tailor the treatment to work for you discussing options for short-term treatment to address specific problems vs. long-term treatment. While deeper work takes longer, the results are often more profound and long-lasting.
You can expect compassion and respect as a patient and a safe space to air your most intimate feelings and experience any emotion. While at times challenging, the experience of therapy can be extremely rewarding. You can decide what you wish to put in and take out of the experience in order to make it most meaningful for you.
Is medication a substitute for therapy?
In some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what's best for you. 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. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness.
Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?
I accept the following insurance: Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna. I see many clients on a private-pay basis, & will offer a sliding scale for clients if necessary.
I also accept out-of-network insurance. To determine if you have out-of-network benefits, first contact your insurance carrier. Check your coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions:
- 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?
Is Therapy Confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client.
However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the police.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.