Common Questions: Is therapy right for me? Seeking psychotherapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons people choose to seek 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. Some seek 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 to improve 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 his/her life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working toward achieving personal goals.
Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems on my own. Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there is 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 a trait to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you are in life and making a commitment to improve 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 coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many individuals also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset with enhancing 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, as well as your goals and values * Developing skills for improving relationships * Finding resolutions to 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 communication and listening skills * Changing negative behavior patterns and replacing them with healthier behaviors * Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage * Improving self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
What is therapy like? Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and his/her 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, with each session lasting 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 daily life between sessions. For therapy to be most effective, you must be an active participant both during and between sessions. Individuals experience higher levels of success when they are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives.
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 session? * How many therapy sessions does my plan cover? * 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.