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FAQ's

FAQ's

How can therapy help me? 

Do I really need therapy?

What is Therapy like? 

What about medication vs. psychotherapy? 

Do you take insurance?

How can Therapy help me?

A number of benefits are available from participating in counseling and psychotherapy. The therapeutic relationship can provide a safe, supportive environment to explore different strengths-based skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationships, communication, unresolved childhood issues, grief, loss, trauma, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks.

The therapist/client relationship can provide a positive connection to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. The therapist can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult issue or collaborate with you to discover a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:

       Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values

       Finding resolution to the issues/concerns that led you to seek counseling

       Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety      

       Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures             

       Improving communication and listening skills

       Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones

       Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage

       Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence


Do I really need therapy?

Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking additional support and input when you need it.

Therapy is for anyone with the self-awareness to realize when another objective perspective can often be helpful. Taking responsibility and accepting where you are in your life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy is a positive, self-validating action.

Therapy provides lasting benefits and continuing support by providing you helpful strategies to minimize emotional triggers, re-direct negative response patterns, and better meet and manage whatever life changes show up.


What is therapy like?

Each one of us has different issues and goals for therapy. Every person has a unique life experience growing up in their family of origin. Generally, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and share 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 in the beginning with your therapist as you get to know each other (usually weekly).

It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life. Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process such as trying different behaviors or taking action on your goals. People seeking psychotherapy are usually ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.


What about medication vs. psychotherapy? 

Therapy addresses the root neurobiological/behavior causes of our relational/environmental stress and the reactive patterns that slow our progress to wellness. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to mental health. 

I do not, cannot, prescribe medications. I can offer referrals to professionals who are licensed to provide medical assistance should it become an appropriate consideration.

Working with your medical doctor, a psychiatrist or a nurse practitioner can determine what's best for you, and in some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action.

Do you take insurance?

I do not process client insurance claims.To determine if you have mental health coverage through your insurance carrier, the first thing you should do is call them. Check your coverage carefully and make sure you understand their answers. 


CONFIDENTIALITY AGREEMENT:

Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist's office. Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent”. Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team and by law your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.

Texas state law and NASW professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:

EXCEPTIONS TO CLIENT CONFIDENTIALITY (MANDATED REPORTER in Texas):

* Any information which is shared or discussed in the course of therapy that contains or pertains to suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, disabled adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection Services, Adult Protection Services and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.

* If the therapist has reason to suspect, and/or the client self-reports intentions to harm themselves and/or another person this information must be reported to the appropriate authorities.

* If a supoena issued by a judge or a legal court of law requesting information and records of therapeutic content the supoena must be answered.

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