Why Therapy?

Beginning therapy is an acknowledgement that there is an issue in your life that you would like to deal with, rather than letting it get worse. It is a courageous step to decide to talk to a stranger about your life. But, keeping in mind that psychologists are trained to work with a variety of issues, it is a step that can be well worth it.

There are a number of good reasons why you may want to talk to a professional about your problems. If your life is not quite where you would it to be, if you are struggling with relationship or career issues and are trying to solve these problems yourself, or perhaps with the help of family and friends, you may be feeling stuck or misunderstood. Or perhaps that you are burdening others. Psychologist are bound by confidentiality which means what is said in the room, stays in the room.

There are times in life where some guidance or mentoring from an unbiased, impartial professional can be the boost you need. Talking through your ideas, problems, and feelings with a therapist who has the experience, training, and expertise to understand what you are going through can have tremendous value.

Why do people seek therapy?

People come into therapy for many reasons. Some need to respond to unexpected changes in their lives, while others seek self exploration and personal growth. When coping skills are overwhelmed by guilt, doubt, anxiety or despair, therapy can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping for issues such as depression, anxiety, lack of confidence, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, bereavement, spiritual conflicts, stress management, body image issues, and creative blocks. People seek psychotherapy to work towards self change, create greater awareness in their lives, and build actions that will get their needs met.

What can I expect in a therapy session?

During sessions you may wish to talk about the primary concerns and issues in your life. A session lasts 45 minutes, but some people request longer sessions. usually weekly sessions are best. Some people who are in crisis or extreme distress need more than one session per week, at least until the crisis passes. During the time between sessions it is beneficial to think about and process what was discussed. This works best as a collaborative process between the two of us.

What benefits can I expect from working with a therapist?

A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy. Often it is helpful just to know that someone understands. Therapy can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. Many people find therapy to be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, and the hassles of dally life. The benefits you obtain from therapy is not all on you; the space we will share is one in which you can always let me know how things are going between us. Some of the benefits available from therapy 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

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

If you aren't sure what your goals are for therapy, our first task is to figure that out together. It may take several sessions before a direction is clarified. During the course of therapy your goals may change. However, establishing a direction for therapy will help you get the most out of the experience.

Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work

There is a confusing array of insurance arrangements. I am currently on the Aetna and Corp Health panels, but please check with your
insurance carrier. Frequently, out-of-network coverage is liberal. Check your coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions:

  • Do I have mental health benefits? 
  • What is my deductible and has it been met?
  • 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?

Is therapy confidential?

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

  • Suspected child abuse or dependent 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 their cooperation in insuring their
  • safety. If they do not cooperate, further measures may be taken without their permission in order to ensure their safety.