If you find that you are not able to solve a problem without help from friends or family, and the issue is interfering with your life, it is likely that professional help is needed. Additionally, you might consider the following:
Frequency – How often does the problem occur? The greater the frequency, the more likely you need professional help.
Intensity – How severe is the problem? Problems of greater severity can be draining and exceed the abilities of individuals and family members to address. The greater the severity, the more likely professional help is needed. Duration – How long has the problem lasted? Enduring problems often reflect the person’s inability to resolve them. A recurring problem may indicate that problem-solving efforts by the individual have been inadequate or insufficient. The longer a problem has continued, the more it may require professional assistance.
How do I pay for therapy?
You can pay for therapy either by using your health insurance or paying out of pocket. Some employers offer a Health Savings Account or a Flexible Spending Account which can also be used to pay for therapy
Do you accept insurance?
I participate with the following insurance companies: For any insurance company not listed, I am considered an “out of network” provider. This means that you will be responsible for the entire cost of each counseling session. I will, however, provide you with information so that you can file a claim with your insurance company as many polices offer an out of network benefit. Additionally, I participate with many Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs).
How long does therapy last?
This is a common question and difficult to answer. The length of time an individual is in counseling depends upon the individual and the problem presented. The first 3 sessions are generally used for assessment. From there your therapist should have an idea of how long therapy might last.
How will therapy help me?
Therapy focuses on helping you overcome challenges, experience emotional growth and feel more confident. The counseling process might also assist you with building new and/or better problem solving skills. Likewise, you might also learn to view potential problem situations from a different perspective.
Is therapy confidential?
In most instances, therapy is completely confidential. However, confidentially may be broken if you are suicidal or homicidal, harm a child or an elderly person or if a court subpoena is received. Please review my Privacy of Information Policy form for a full explanation of when confidentially can be broken.
Do you prescribe medication?
If, during the therapeutic process, it is determined that you might benefit from medication, you will be referred to your primary care physician, a psychiatrist or a psychiatric nurse practitioner.
How does therapy work?
To be successful, therapy first and foremost requires your active participation. Therapists are not magicians and do not have “all the answers.” Unlike medical doctors, they also cannot simply prescribe medication to solve your problems (although, properly prescribed and monitored medication may be a part of your solution). Instead, therapists function more like coaches, helping you identify the potential source(s) of your problems and then suggesting ways that may help you solve them. Often times, this may require you to be willing to change comfortable but unproductive ways of thinking, looking at things, or responding to problems. Like most beneficial things in life, real success in therapy will likely mean hard work by both your therapist and you.