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FAQs

Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues, or problems with anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one's life such as a divorce or work transition. Many seek the advice of a therapist as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, body-image issues, and general life transitions. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.

Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. During therapy sessions it is standard to talk about the primary issues and concerns in your life. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts 50 minutes. Sometimes individuals who are going through a particularly difficult challenge may request more time per session or more than one session per week. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. Between sessions it is important process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life. For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions.

Therapy can provide insight and new perspectives into life's challenges and can help create solutions to difficult problems. Many people find that working with a therapist can enhance personal development, improve relationships and family dynamics, and can ease the challenges of daily life. Sometimes, just having someone there to listen is helpful. Overall, people in therapy tend to have lower levels of anxiety and stress, decreased conflict, and improved quality of life.

Some of the benefits available from therapy include:

  • Developing new skills for handling stress and anxiety
  • Modifying unhealthy behavior and long-standing patterns
  • Attaining insight into personal patterns and behavior
  • Increasing confidence, peace, vitality, and well-being
  • Improving ways to manage anger, depression and moods
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems
  • Navigating life’s obstacles more effectively
  • Improving listening and communication skills
  • Enhancing the overall quality of life

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a psychotherapist. Information is not disclosed without written permission. However, there are number of exceptions to this rule.

Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse, for which the therapist is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another, the therapist must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself, the therapist will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in insuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, the therapist must take further measures without their permission that are provided to them by law in order to ensure their safety.
  • If the therapist receives a court order signed by a judge.

We offer a free one-hour consultation where we will discuss pricing options, and the take time to ensure we are a good fit for your healing and self-discovery process.  The free one-hour consultation does not apply to those receiving sliding scale.

Partial scholarships (sliding scale) are available and based on need and circumstances. Eligibility is based on family income and family size with fees based on current Federal guidelines. Proof of income may be required for any clients who wish to apply for a reduced fee. Please contact us for an application or for more information.

We are able to provide a receipt as an out-of-network provider. Due to the importance and sensitive nature of therapy and the fact that insurance companies have varying standards of privacy we do not take insurance. Although we do not file, we are able to create a receipt that maybe submitted to your insurance for reimbursement. Please contact your insurance carrier for more information.

We take all major credit cards, checks, PayPal, Cash App, Venmo, or cash including many health savings accounts.  Clients often chose a variety of options over the course of counseling.  Payment is expected prior to or at the beginning of each session so as to not interfere with the therapy process.

This answer varies depending on the presenting issue the client(s) brings to counseling, as well as, the extent of the previous issues (example – trauma). It ranges from 3 sessions to ongoing counseling. The average client usually attends 6 to 10 sessions to see significant results, as long as they are putting in the work outside of our session as well.

Session lasts 50 minutes. Additional time may be included if discussed prior to session.

We have a 24-hour cancellation policy. Clients are responsible for full fee of service if cancelation is made prior to 24-hour. We are happy to work with your schedule but we do need adequate time to fill any spot that has been vacated.

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