Is Therapy the Right Option for Me?

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ometimes the decision to seek therapy is a difficult choice to make. People choosing to participate in therapy may do so for a number of reasons. For some, there may be long-standing psychological or physiological issues that have hindered their ability to live life to its fullest. For others, learning coping strategies to effectively maneuver through recent life changing situations may be the motivation that propels them to seek therapy. Essentially, choosing to engage in the therapeutic process is a personal choice. In working with a therapist, one can expect help with support, strategies, guidance, insight and motivation for many types of life challenges. Therapy can assist with numerous situations and issues as well as depression, anxiety, adolescent issues, stress, body image and self-mutilation issues. Therapy is the right choice for anyone willing to take responsibility for their current situation and wishing to work toward greater self-awareness.

What Are the Benefits of Therapy?

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he potential benefits of therapy can be vast and life-long. This process of self-discovery addresses numerous life challenges while providing support in a safe atmosphere. The impartiality of a professional therapist can lend a fresh perspective to long-standing issues while assisting in the development of effective coping strategies. Some of the possible benefits from therapy are:

  • Managing depression, anxiety, and/or stress
  • Effectively coping with stressful life events
  • Developing more effective communication and listening skills
  • Recognizing and changing ineffective behavioral patterns
  • Improving sense of self-worth and bolstering confidence
  • Enhancing self-awareness and setting new goals
  • Eliminating self-defeating behaviors and/or phobias
  • Anger management
  • Discovering new approaches for relational problem-solving

What Can I Expect in a Therapy Session?

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herapy sessions are uniquely specific to each individual client and their respective goals. Customarily, the therapist and client will discuss the principal issues and concerns that led the client to seek therapy. Sessions are usually scheduled weekly with each session lasting approximately 60 minutes. There can be exceptions to these customary scheduling practices dependent on the client’s immediate needs. Therapy may prove long-term or brief depending on the complexity of the issue. It is critical that any suggested outside activities, such as journaling, be attempted, as these assist the client and the therapist in monitoring progress.

Which Insurance Plans Are Accepted?

The following insurance companies are accepted in my practice.

  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield
  • Tricare

If you have questions regarding the level of mental health coverage from your provider, you should check with your respective insurance carrier. The following are a list of questions you may want to ask your provider.

  • Does my plan cover mental health benefits?
  • How many sessions are covered under my plan?
  • Does my plan cover the entire amount for each session?
  • Will my plan provide coverage for an out-of network provider?
  • Do I need to obtain provider approval prior to beginning therapy?
  • Does my plan provide for family therapy?

What Are the limitations of Confidentiality?

The confidential exchange between therapist and client cannot be broken unless one or more of the following exceptions occur.

  • The client signs a written release allowing the therapist to exchange information with a third party.
  • A client is intending self-harm or threatening physical harm to another person. In this situation, the law obligates the therapist to intercede to protect the well being of parties involved.
  • A suspicion of child abuse (physical or emotional). A report must be made to the authorities even if the victim is currently of adult age, but the incident occurred when they were a child and went unreported.
  • Suspected elderly or dependent partner abuse.