Common Questions

HOW CAN THERAPY HELP ME?

A number of benefits are available from participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing 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.

WHY DO PEOPLE GO TO THERAPY AND HOW DO I KNOW IF IT IS RIGHT FOR ME?

People have many different motivations for coming to psychotherapy.   Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well.  Some people need assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts and creative blocks.  Therapy can help provide some much-needed encouragement and help with skills to get them through these periods.  Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life.   In short, people seeking psychotherapy are ready to meet the challenges in their lives and ready to make changes in their lives.

WHAT IS THERAPY LIKE?

Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual.  In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session.  Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development.  Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly).

WHAT ARE YOUR RATES?

Fees are due at the time of service and range from $150.00 to $175.00 per 50-minute session.  This fee is the same for in office, tele-therapy (phone sessions).   If your therapist requests that you take our online assessments, additional fees will be charged depending on the assessment.  Please discuss the fees with your therapist during your session.  Therapy is an investment in self-care and is a process that takes time. You are expected to pay the full fee.  If you are facing serious financial hardship, please discuss the possibility of a sliding scale with your therapist.

DO YOU TAKE INSURANCE, AND HOW DOES THAT WORK?

We do not fill out forms or work directly with or on behalf of your insurance company.  However, upon request, we will be happy to provide you with a superbill so that you may file for reimbursement yourself.  If you are considering filing for reimbursement from your insurance company, we recommend that you contact your insurance company to determine your mental health coverage and benefits, prior to beginning therapy.

DOES WHAT WE TALK ABOUT IN THERAPY REMAIN CONFIDENTIAL?

Therapy is best experienced in an atmosphere of trust.  Thus, all therapy services are strictly confidential and may not be revealed to anyone without your written permission, with the exception of information relating to child abuse, or suspected child abuse, child pornography, elder abuse, dependent adult abuse, or intent to harm self or others, or unless mandated by a court of law.

MANDATED REPORTING OF INCIDENTS INVOLVING MINORS. A minor is defined as any person who is legally under the age of 18 years old.  Although we do not work with minors as clients, as mandated reporters, this means that if we learn of any incident involving minors and illegal sexual activity or abuse, we are legally required to report this to the proper authorities.

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