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Q&A

What is therapy like?  Do you just listen to our problems?
The therapeutic experience is subjective.  Therefore, you have to experience it for yourself.  The article included in the new patient forms section gives you an idea of some things to consider when choosing a therapist and how to get the most from the experience.  Click on "New Patient Forms" and read the article, as each individual will experience therapy differently.  Here's what some had to say:    Some say they find it hard to describe the experience to others.  Others say it's noting like they thought it would be.  A few have found that its more than just talking to someone.  Many have said they wished they would have known "it was like this" a long time ago.  So if this is your first time, or even if you've been to therapy before, give us a call or click on "book appointment" and schedule an appointment today.  

Do I need therapy as I usually handle my own problems? 
While you may have been successful in navigating some or most of your circumstances on your own, there may come a time when a particular situation is too overwhelming or the burden seems too hard to bear alone.  Maybe the nature of the situation makes it hard to let family and friends in, leaving you feeling all alone in the world with no one to turn to.  Its times like these when having a safe place, a listening ear, and wise counsel becomes your saving grace.  Consider giving us a call and an opportunity to become a resource for you whether you're feeling stuck, feeling low, or just need a safe place to share what's going on with you.  Click on "book appointment" and schedule an appointment today. 

How can counseling help me?
It depends.  As the saying goes, "you only get out what you put in".  Therapy can be helpful in a number of ways.  Finding out more about you and the reason(s) you are considering therapy can help us determine how we may be of assistance to you.  Click on "book appointment" and schedule an appointment today. 

Is it a sign or admission of weakness to seek counseling?
While we know this is a prevalent belief that exist in some commununities/cultures, it is considered a misconception.  First, healthcare is from head to toe and mental health is part of healthcare,  No one asks this question when it comes to going to the doctor, dentist, or podiatrist.  Therefore, to say its a sign of weakness to have your mental health assessed is a good reason to seek counseling.  Secondly, sometimes you're too close to the problem making it difficult to receive from family and friends.  Finally unless you believe the captain should go down with the ship, its probably a good idea to go ahead and grab the life line.   
  

Why should I choose you as my therapist?
Good question.  One approach we use involves the concept of  "creative processes",  These processes are like "steps you take" each session to assist you in reaching your therapy goals.  They are specifically designed in accordance with your assessment, your goals, and your resources.  Progress can occur more quickly with these processes because the sessions are more focused, structured, and productive than some of the traditional methods.  Therefore, you'll have a clear picture of how to move from point A to point B.  Secondly, we go beyond "talk" therapy and offer our clients various types of interventions according to their learning style and level of motivation (ie., videos, workbooks, articles, role plays, take home assignments, etc.).  In addition, we provide a buffet of ideas, suggestions, and perspectives to choose from.    Finally, we perceive you as the expert in matters pertaining to you.  Therefore, we take the time to get to know you and we allow time for you to feel comfortable with us.

Will medication be suggested?
Only your physician or psychiatrist can advise and determine a need for medication.  We have observed both scenarios in that there are clients who know they need medication and have accepted it, and there are clients who need medication but are not ready to admit their truth.  Therefore, we find those who have accepted a need for medication will usually ask questions, while those who are not interested will avoid inquiries.  If you are on medication or if you are being prescribed medication, we will share the research with you that suggest there are greater benefits when you add therapy along with it.  Some say pills don't solve problems.  In other words, pills are for relief and therapy is for resolution.     

Do you accept insurance?  How does insurance work?
Yes, we accept most major insurance.  We highly recommend you verify your coverage benefits for "mental health outpatient" prior to your first appointment to avoid being invoiced for services.  Knowing your deductible and copay amounts is helpful too.  We submit claims to your insurance company for you as a courtesy and convenience.  However, you are still responsibie for payment until they pay the claim and if for some reason they don't pay the claim.  

Are the sessions confidential?
Yes, no information will be disclosed to anyone for any reason without your consent in writing.  However, some limited information is provided to your insurance company in order for them to process your claims for reimbursement purposes, such as name, address, id#, date of service, etc.  In addition, there are certain limitations of confidentiality which are explained within the informed consent document you will receive.