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Common Questions

How can therapy help me?
Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, relationships, family concerns, and daily life. Therapists can provide a neutral perspective on what is troubling or concerning you and help you resolve your concerns.  The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you put into practice what you learn.

Some of the benefits from therapy include:
  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself
  • Improved relationships
  • Finding resolution to the issues / concerns that led you to seek therapy
  • Increased coping skills
  • Improved communication skills
  • Changing old behavior patterns
  • Improved self-esteem

Do I really need therapy?  I can usually handle my problems.  
My belief is that everyone goes through a period of time in their life when they could benefit from speaking with a therapist or counselor.  Not everyone is strong enough to seek it out, however.  Therapy can provide long-term and life-changing results.
What is therapy like?
In the first and second session, we address what has brought you to therapy at this time and some background history to help put your concerns into perspective.  From there, we will discuss your concerns until we can resolve them to your satisfaction.  Counseling usually begins once weekly.  For some individuals, twice weekly is better-suited and can be discussed after the second session. 
What about medication vs. psychotherapy?  

When needed, medication works best when in conjunction with therapy.  If medication is felt to be needed, I will discuss it with you and refer you to a psychiatrist.

Do you take insurance, and how does that work?

I  accept insurances on an out-of-network basis.  Contact your insurance company for information on your out-of-network coverage.




Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
Yes, however, there are some exceptions to the privilege of confidentiality.
* Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders.
* If a client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threatened to harm another person.


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