Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I really need therapy?
It is a little different for everyone. Some signs that you might need some help from a professional are when the way you feel begins to negatively impact your sleep, your job, appetite, relationships with friends and loved ones, or your decision-making abilities. If you find that you feel “blue” a lot, or that things just aren’t getting better or even that things seem hopeless – these are also pretty strong indicators that it’s time to seek out a trained professional to help.
Why should not I try to just work through this on my own.
It is easy to put off seeking out help for something that is negatively impacting the way we feel. In fact, the decision to get help can actually be extremely difficult for many people. Often times we dismiss feelings of anxiety, emotional pain, relationship stress, or depression as “just life” – even to the point of encountering real difficulty in normal day-to-day functioning. Deciding to take responsibility for your mental wellbeing is an empowering first step. It takes courage, but it puts you back in control of your feelings and wellbeing. Even this small action step of reaching out can have a surprisingly positive effect on your outlook!
What does professional counseling provide?
Professional counseling gives you an opportunity to share, but also to gain new understanding and perspective. Life can be hard at times, and difficult circumstances are sometimes beyond our control, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Counseling helps you set achievable goals, and begin to make lasting changes to help you reach them. Through getting to the root of the issues and learning techniques for changing your unhealthy behaviors, you are equipped to both regain control and practice healthy patterns for long-lasting improvement.
What happens in a counseling session?
Since the needs and goals of every client are different, counseling sessions vary in format and approach. Sometimes clients come with an agenda or specific things they would like to talk about. Other times, people have a success story, an emotion that is bothering them, or just a vague feeling or thought they cannot shake. Sessions progress based on the needs of the client at the time, but active participation and collaboration is important. In addition to in-session discussion and activities, we might encourage an outside activity or assignment that we discuss later (like reading a book, or keeping a journal). Ultimately, the goal is to identify the areas where change or help is needed, set realistic objectives, and to equip you with resources and strategies for both near-term and long-term success.
Do I have to share things I do not want to?
Certain topics or stories can be difficult to share, and that is normal and OK. You do not have to share anything you do not want to, or that makes you uncomfortable. It is important to build a trusting relationship between therapist and client, but our sessions always progress at a pace that you feel ready for.
How long does it take?
Because counseling is tailored to a specific person, and the goals and challenges that person is facing, there is no pre-defined period of time for on-going therapy sessions. Sometimes incredible progress is made in mere minutes, but it is not uncommon for therapy to span several sessions over a period of weeks or months. Individual sessions are generally about 53 minutes in length.
Is this covered by my insurance?
I do NOT accept insurance; however, your coverage varies greatly, and my services may be covered in part or in full by your insurance provider. Please contact your HMO or health insurance plan to learn more about the details of your Out-of-Network Benefits and what information/forms you will need to submit for those Out-of-Network Benefits. Below are some questions that may be helpful to ask:
Do my insurance benefits include Out-of-Network Mental Health Services?
What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
Will I be reimbursed after I submit my claim for my Out-of-Network benefits?
What forms do I need to fill out and submit for my Out-of-Network benefits?
Is there a limit to the number of sessions per year my plan covers for Out-of-Network benefits?
What is my Out-of-Network deductible?
Do I need to get approval from my primary care physician?
What if I need to cancel my appointment?
If you need to cancel your appointment, please contact us at least 24 hours in advance of your session. Sessions canceled with less than 24 hours notice will not be refunded.
Are counseling sessions confidential?
Yes. Your privacy is important to us, and you can trust that our sessions, as well as any of your personal information, is always held in the strictest of confidence.
Confidential information disclosed in private therapy sessions is legally protected. However, there are some exceptions to this, including but not limited to instances of suspected child or elder abuse, or when a client presents a serious danger of violence toward himself or herself or another person. If you would like to learn more about our ethical standards and privileged communication exceptions, our office can provide additional information.