FAQs & Resources

FAQs & RESOURCES:

FAQs
Is therapy right for me?

Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues, or problems with anxiety or depression. 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 counsel 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 their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.


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.


How can therapy help me?

A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:

  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships
  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
  • Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
  • Improving communications and listening skills
  • Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence


What is therapy like?

Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. It is standard for therapists to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during therapy sessions. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts around fifty minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues 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. It is important to process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life between sessions. For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions. People seeking psychotherapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives. Here are some things you can expect out of therapy:

  • Compassion, respect and understanding
  • Perspectives to illuminate persistent patterns and negative feelings
  • Real strategies for enacting positive change
  • Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance


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?

To determine if you have mental health coverage, the first thing you should do is check with 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.


Will my insurance company pay for TeleHealth Counseling?

Most insurance companies now offer TeleHealth counseling. Please call our office and someone one on our administrative staff will contact your insurance company to inquire as to if your insurance policy will allow for TeleHealth. In addition, during this present crisis of the Coronavirus, most insurance carriers are allowing TeleHealth counseling for a 90-day period of time.

Links & Resources

Mental Health Links 
The following links are listed to provide you with additional online mental health care information and counseling resources.

Addiction and Recovery 
Alcoholics Anonymous 
Alcoholics Anonymous Recovery Resources 
Center for On-Line Addiction 
Habit Smart 
SAMHSA's Substance Abuse/Addiction 
SAMHSA's Treatment and Recovery 
Web of Addictions

Anxiety Disorders 
Answers to Your Questions About Panic Disorder 
National Center for PTSD 
Obsessive Compulsive Information Center

Associations & Institutes 
American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy 
American Counseling Association 
American Psychiatric Association 
American Psychological Association 
American Psychological Society 
Canadian Mental Health Association 
Center for Mental Health Services 
National Institute of Mental Health 
National Mental Health Association 
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 
ADDA - Attention Deficit Disorder Association 
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, NIH 
Born to Explore: The Other Side of ADD/ADHD

Child Abuse and Domestic Violence 
Childhelp USA® 
SAMHSA's Children and Families 
SAMHSA's Protection and Advocacy 
Questions and Answers about Memories of Childhood Abuse 
The National Domestic Violence Hotline Website 
Women, Violence and Trauma

Chronic Fatigue 
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Depression 
Bipolar Disorder News - Pendulum.org 
Depression and How Therapy Can Help 
Depression Screening 
Depression Test, Symptoms of Depression, Signs of Depression

Developmental Disorders 
Asperger's Disorder 
NeuroWeb 
Pervasive Developmental Disorders

Diagnosis 
DSM-IV-TR: Diagnoses and Criteria

Dissociation and Traumatic Stress 
Sidran Foundation Home Page

Eating Disorders 
American Dietetic Association 
Something Fishy

Journals & Magazines 
ADHD Report 
Anxiety, Stress and Coping 
Autism 
Childhood 
Contemporary Hypnosis 
Dementia 
Depression and Anxiety 
Dreaming 
Drug and Alcohol Review 
Dyslexia 
Early Child Development and Care 
Eating Disorders 
Educational Assessment 
Journal of Gambling Studies 
Journal of Happiness Studies 
Journal of Mental Health and Aging 
Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy 
Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology 
Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment 
Language and Cognitive Processes 
Loss, Grief & Care 
Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities 
Metaphor and Symbol 
Neuropsychological Rehabilitation 
Parenting 
Personal Relationships 
Personality and Individual Differences 
Psychiatric Bulletin 
Psychology of Men & Masculinity 
Psychology Today 
Stress and Health 
Studies in Gender and Sexuality 
Substance Abuse 
Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior 
Trauma, Violence & Abuse

Medications and Health Supplements 
Drug Interactions, Alternative, MotherNature 
Drug Interactions, DIRECT 
Medical Dictionary 
Medications, FDA 
Medication, Internet Mental Health 
Medications, PDR 
Medline, Comparison 
Multivitamins 
SAMHSA's Psychiatry and Psychology

Mental Health Care General Links 
CounsellingResource.com 
GoodTherapy.org 
Internet Mental Health 
Let’s Talk Facts, APA 
Mental Health Counselor Resources, About.com 
Mental Help Net 
Mental Illnesses/Disorders 
PsychCentral.com 
University of Michigan Health Topics A to Z 
Web Sites You Can Trust, Medical Library Association

Personality Disorders 
Mental Help Net - Personality Disorders 
Personality Disorders - Focus Adolescent Counselor Services

Suicide Awareness and Hotlines 
SAMHSA's Suicide 
Suicide Awareness Voices of Education 
Suicide: Read This First

Additional Mental Health Care & Counseling Resources 
Disaster/Trauma 
HIV/AIDS 
Interpretation of Dreams 
Keirsey (Myers-Briggs) Temperament Sorter 
Signs of Menopause, Symptoms of Menopause

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