Is therapy right for me?
There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing feelings of frustration, disappointment, possible anxiety or depression, or relationship difficulties. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one's life such as a divorce or work transition. Many seek the advice of a therapist as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, body-image issues, and general life transitions. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working toward change in their life.
Do you do "marriage counseling" with non-married couples?
Yes. Couples who have been living together for more than a few months are dealing with the same challenges as couples who have been through a wedding ceremony. I consider marriage counseling to be in order for any couple that wants to improve their relationship..
Do you do pre-marriage counseling?
Yes. Couples that are anticipating marriage are wise to consider seeing a counselor.
Do you facilitate PREPARE/ENRICH Assessments?
Yes. For more information about PREPARE/ENRICH please see my PREPARE/ENRICH page or visit their website at www.prepare-enrich.com
What can I expect in a therapy session?
Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. During therapy sessions it is standard to talk about the primary issues and concerns in your life. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions. Sometimes individuals who are going through a particularly difficult challenge may request more time per session or more than one session per week. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue or longer-term, addressing more complex patterns or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. Between sessions it is important to process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life. For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions.
What benefits can I expect from working with a therapist?
First, you can expect understanding, acceptance and respect. Such an environment is crucial to your feeling safe and free to openly explore and express your thoughts and your feelings. Therapy provides insight and new perspectives into life's challenges and can help create solutions to difficult problems. People find that working with a therapist enhances personal awareness, acceptance and development, and improves relationships and family dynamics, thus easing the challenges of daily life.
Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
- Feeling accepted, understood and respected
- Developing new skills for handling stress and anxiety
- Modifying unhealthy behavior and long-standing patterns
- Attaining insight into personal patterns and behavior
- Increasing confidence, peace, vitality, and well-being
- Improving ways to manage anger, depression and moods
- Discovering new ways to solve problems
- Navigating life’s obstacles more effectively
- Improving listening and communication skills
- Enhancing your overall quality of life
Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?
Most insurance companies pay for a significant percentage of therapy. I have working relationships with most insurance companies and EAP administrators. Two insurance companies that I do not work with are IHC and Altius. To determine how your insurance company will assist you, call their customer service department. The phone number is usually on the back of the insurance card. When you call them ask the following questions:
- Do I have mental health benefits?
- What is my deductible and has it been met?
- How much will my copayment be?
- How much does my plan cover for an out-of-network provider?
- Is preauthorization necessary?
- Does my insurance cover marriage and family counseling?
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:
- Suspected abuse of a child or dependant adult . I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If a client intends to commit suicide. I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in insuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, further measures may be taken without their permission in order to ensure their safety.