Common Questions

Why do many people seek psychotherapy?

People seek psychotherapy for a variety of reasons. Some need to respond to unexpected changes in their lives, while others seek self-exploration and personal growth. When coping skills are clouded by guilt, doubt, anxiety, or despair, psychotherapy can be beneficial. Psychotherapy may provide you with support, problem-solving skills and enhanced coping skills for a variety of issues like depression, anxiety, low levels of confidence, relationship difficulties, unresolved childhood trauma, bereavement, spiritual conflicts, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. People seeking psychotherapy are usually willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and the creation of enhanced awareness in their lives.

What can I expect in a psychotherapy session?

During psychotherapy sessions you are encouraged to talk about the primary concerns and issues in your life. A psychotherapy session generally lasts 45-50 minutes, but some people request longer sessions. Weekly sessions are usually the best as they will provide you with higher levels of support and advanced opportunity to reach desired goals. Some people who are in crisis or extreme distress may need more than one session per week. During the time between sessions it may be beneficial to think about and process what has been discussed. At times, you may be asked to complete homework assignments outside of psychotherapy sessions. For example, you may be asked to read a relevant article, watch a video or keep records of certain behaviors or tasks completed. In order for your psychotherapy experience to be successful, you must be an active participant, both during the psychotherapy session and outside of the psychotherapy session.

What benefits can I expect from working with a psychotherapist?

There are a number of benefits associated with psychotherapy participation. Often it is helpful just to know that someone cares, understands and is available for you. Psychotherapy can provide a fresh perspective on difficult problems and point you in the direction of healthy solutions. Many people find psychotherapy to be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns and the hassles of every day life. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you utilize the process and put into practice what you have learned. Some of the benefits that you may gain from insight oriented psychotherapy include:

  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself and your personal goals and values
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships
  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
  • Find new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Managing anger, depression, and other emotional pressures
  • Improving communications skills - learn how to listen to others, and have others listen to you
  • Getting "unstuck" from unhealthy patterns - breaking old behaviors and develop new ones
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems
  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
  • Learning healthy parenting skills and ways to enhance family function

What if I don't know what my goals are for therapy?

If you aren't sure what your goals are for psychotherapy, be certain to find out what they are. It may take several sessions before therapeutic direction may be clearly determined. However, the establishment of therapeutic direction for your treatment should stop any "spinning of the wheels" cycling patterns of life and help you obtain the most from your psychotherapeutic experience. A treatment plan that is developed through a joint partnership between you and myself is the change tool that identifies problems, long-term goals and steps and strategies to reach related goals and will be utilized throughout your treatment course.

Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?

Services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance plan or employee assistance benefit plan. Please check your insurance company carefully by asking the following questions:

  • Do I have mental health benefits?
  • What is my deductible and has it been met?
  • Do I have a co-payment? If yes, how much is it?
  • How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?
  • How much do you pay for an out-of-net provider?
  • Is there a limitation on how much you will pay per session?
  • Is primary care physician approval required?
Upon contacting our office for an appointment, we may complete a referral form with you and gather your information for prescreening purposes. For your convenience, we are in network with many health insurance plans and employee assistance programs.

Is therapy confidential?

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. Information is not disclosed without your express written permission. However, there are a number of exceptions to this rule. Exceptions primarily include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s. The therapist must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to enlist the cooperation of the client while attempting to secure their safety. If the client does not cooperate, the therapist has legal authorization to take the necessary steps to secure client safety with or without the permission of the client.

Do you offer bilingual therapy?

Yes, I have made provision for supportive Spanish-speaking interpretation of the psychotherapeutic session. This is an extremely important option, even for Spanish-speaking individuals who speak English, because during times of stress and/or trauma, most individuals prefer to speak in their native language. Interpretation for other languages may possibly be arranged as well.

How do you obtain your referrals?

  • Physician's Offices
  • Medical Centers and Hospitals
  • Family Clinics
  • Social Service Programs
  • Children and Youth Programs
  • Attorney's Offices
  • Psychology Today Website Inquiry
  • Insurance Companies
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Patient's Word of Mouth to Family and Friends

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