Is Therapy Right for Me?
I understand how difficult it can be to reach out and ask for help. It is actually a sign of strength; one many do not have the courage to pursue. 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 stress, anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in life such as a divorce, a significant loss, a move, or work transition. Many seek the advice of counsel as they pursue their own personal growth and exploration. Working with a skilled therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking a proactive approach to finding purpose and passion, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.
Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.
At one time or another we all go 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 or as a preventative measure. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they may 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 any challenges you may face.
How can therapy help me?
There are numerous benefits from participating in psychotherapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, stress, anxiety, burnout, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, and creative blocks. Many people also find that therapists can be a tremendous asset to managing personal and spiritual growth, interpersonal relationships, family and parenting concerns, professional development and hassles of daily life. Therapist 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:
Gaining a better understanding or yourself, your values and goals
Improving your self-esteem and boosting your self-confidence
Developing skills for improving your relationships
Learning to set and maintain healthy boundaries
learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
Managing depression, grief, anger 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 and other relationships
Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy.
Is therapy confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentially of all communications between a client and her psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client. However, there are some exceptions to this rule that are required by law. Exceptions include:
Suspected child abuse or dependent 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 herself or himself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional meausres may need to be taken.
What are your fees?
The initial 90-minute intake is $225
Regular 60-minute sessions are $160
The time allocated to you is reserved especially for you. Being on-time is greatly appreciated and I do my best to arrive promptly for every session. If you arrive late we will use the remaining scheduled time and you will be charged for a full session.
Do you take insurance?
I’m considered an out-of-network provider for all insurance companies; however, some insurance companies will reimburse some percentage of your therapy directly to you. Working with me gives you the freedom to engage in therapy without the typical constraints of insurance-based care.
It’s a good idea to call your insurance company to find out if your plan covers reimbursement for psychotherapy. I will provide you with the specific type of bill, called a superbill, that your insurance company requires. You submit that form and then the insurance company will reimburse you as covered.
You can also use your HSA/FSA to cover therapy costs.