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Is therapy right for me?
Every individual goes to therapy for a different reason. Perhaps you are dealing with long-standing psychological issues, or you may be having issues with anxiety or depression. Therapy can help you deal with these problems.

Therapy is also very useful when someone’s live has suddenly changed. People often struggle to deal with divorce or transition at work and therapy enables them to understand these changes. Moreover, with advice from a counselor they will be better prepared to pursue their own personal exploration and growth.

When you work with a therapist you gain insight in how to lead a more balanced life, with new strategies tailored to suit a wide range of life challenges.

In essence, therapy is for anyone who is determined to get the most out of their life. This is achieved by taking responsibility, creating greater self awareness, and working towards achieving real change.

Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.
Life is full of challenging situations. In the past, you may have successfully dealt with some very difficult life circumstances. Many people simply try to fight through it, but it’s important to remember that if you’re going through a particularly tough period in your life, you should not be ashamed to seek out some extra support. In fact, it shows great courage and self awareness for someone to admit that they need a helping hand.

Seeking therapy means you are taking reasonability for your life, and you’re ready to do all you can to remedy the situation. With therapy you gain long lasting benefits and support that enable you to avoid familiar triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome the challenges that have been putting your life on hold.

How can therapy help me?
Therapists provide

  • Support
  • Problem Solving Skills

Coping Strategies for

  • Depression
  • Stress/Anxiety
  • Relationship Issues
  • Childhood Issues
  • Grief
  • Body Image issues
  • Creative Blocks

Counselors also provide invaluable assistance on managing your personal growth. Day to day life has a habit of creating a wide array of issues that many people struggle to cope with. This can include family concerns, marriage issues, or just about any interpersonal relationship in your life. The role of a therapist is to provide an original perspective on a difficult problem that may have eluded you. The people who benefit most from therapy are the ones who embrace the process and put into practice what they learn.

What is therapy like?
A therapy session is dictated by the needs of each individual and it is adapted depending on their specific goals. Generally, it would be common for therapists to discuss the main issues and concerns in your life during therapy sessions. Therapy is best suited to multiple sessions every week, with each one taking about fifty minutes. The full length of your therapy will be determined by the specific issue you are facing. Therapy can be short term if you are aiming to tackle a specific problem, or more long term for a more complex issue that needs addressing or if you are seeking ongoing personal growth. Therapy doesn’t end when your session ends and there may be times when certain steps outside of the therapy sessions are needed, such as a reading a book pertaining to your issues or keeping records to track certain behaviors. It is essential that you attempt to integrate into your life what has been discussed in sessions. People who fully embrace psychotherapy and are willing to take responsibility for their actions, by working towards changing themselves and creating greater awareness in their lives will benefit the most. What you will gain from therapy:

  • Compassion, respect and understanding
  • Unique ways to deal with persistent thought patterns and negativity
  • Real strategies for enacting positive change
  • Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance

Is medication a substitute for therapy?
In certain instances, a combination of medication and therapy can be the most effective solution. You will need to work with your doctor to establish the best course of action. However, it has long been acknowledged that medication alone is not a long-term solution to mental and emotional problems. Therapy doesn’t just treat the symptom, but investigates what causes the distress and focuses on the behavior patterns that curb our progress. In truth, the most effective way of achieving sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being is through an integrative approach to wellness.
Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?
Check with your insurance carrier to see if they cover mental health. Ensure to examine your coverage closely to answer the following questions:

  • What are my mental health benefits?
  • What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
  • Is there a certain amount of therapy sessions that my plan covers?
  • How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?

Is therapy confidential?
Mostly yes, but there are also some exceptions. In general, all communication between a client and a psychotherapist will not be disclosed. Information will never be disclosed without written consent from the client.

The exceptions to this rule, as required by law, are listed below:

  • Any information regarding child abuse or dependant adult abuse must be reported to the relevant authorities immediately.
  • The therapist is responsible for notifying the police if a client is threatening to cause serious bodily harm to another person.
  • If a client is intending to harm themselves, the therapist will do everything possible to ensure their safety. However, if they do not receive full cooperation, additional measures may need to be taken.

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