I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, we’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. We tailor our therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
How many sessions will I need to come for?
This varies for each person we help based on many different factors. Compared to other approaches to therapy, with CBT we really try to recommend things to be thinking about or doing in between meetings that can help move the process along more proactively. Many of the people we help start to feel they are making progress within a few meetings.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
It’s great that you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions and improving your life! In combination with our expertise, the motivation you bring is a key component to success in therapy.
We encourage our clients to 1) clarify the goals you want to achieve in therapy, 2) identify the ways in which any challenges, symptoms, or habits may have delayed achieving those goals to date, 3) attend appointments punctually and consistently, 4) reflect and communicate honestly in therapy, and 5) follow up on recommendations or homework we suggest in between sessions.
A helpful book to consider might also be I’m working on it in therapy: How to get the most out of Psychotherapy by Gary Trosclair.
Do you accept insurance, and what are your fees?
As an independent group practice, we do not have a contract with any insurance networks. All of our services are paid for privately. If you have a PPO insurance plan or any out of network benefits, you may be eligible to receive reimbursement for a portion of our service fees, and we can give you the appropriate paperwork to submit for that. We strive to help anyone who can benefit from our services, and typically begin valuing our level of training and expertise at $150 per appointment, ranging upwards from there among our staff.