A number of benefits are available from participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, minority stress, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that therapists can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, parenting, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of 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:
People have many different motivations for coming to psychotherapy. Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, transition to parenthood, new job, gender related, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well. Some people need assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts, traumatic events, minority stress, and creative blocks. Therapy can help provide some much needed encouragement and help with skills to get them through these periods. Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life. In short, people seeking psychotherapy are ready to meet the challenges in their lives and ready to make changes in their lives.
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report 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 with your therapist (usually weekly).
A session is generally 50 minutes in length with 10 minutes for record keeping. EMDR, couples and family therapy sessions are generally 80 minutes.
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 reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals. People seeking psychotherapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.
Although we are not on any insurance service panels, services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan. Please check your coverage carefully by asking the following questions:
We will supply receipts/superbills for our sessions that you may use for reimbursement by your insurance company if you are covered for treatment by an outside provider. In rare cases a single case agreement may be possible with an HMO insurance company who is willing to contract with us.
Cash, check and all major credit cards accepted for payment. Credit card payments are processed through Square. We also offer prepaid packages of sessions for a discounted rate.
Reduced fee services may be available on a limited basis.
Some proof of gross annual income may be required to be placed on the sliding fee scale.
Should your financial situation improve, we would encourage you to remunerate the remainder of your fee. This will allow us to continue to serve everyone in the best possible way regardless of financial situations.