ANSWERS TO COMMON THERAPY QUESTIONS
What is therapy like?
Therapy is a way to process, heal, learn + grow from your struggles, pain and negative experiences. Our first few sessions will be spent getting to know each other and determining what you’d like to gain from coming to counseling. After that, each session may vary in content and focus, though our established therapy goals will serve as our guide. We will look at what is (and is not) working in your life and determine if these are things you’d like to change. As the therapist, my role is to help you better understand yourself and help you identify what is contributing to your current difficulty.
How do I know if I need therapy?
Ask yourself— is this issue creating emotional distress for me? Does it consume too much time in my day, every day, week after week? Am I noticing this problem/issue/behavior/emotional distress impacts multiple areas of my life (i.e., at home, socially, professionally)? Do I need relief? If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, you will likely find therapy beneficial.
How can I get the most out of our sessions?
Evoking long-term changes requires active effort, motivation and commitment on your part. In order for the therapy to be most successful, you will have to work on things we talk about both during our sessions and at home. Not only that, but consistency in attendance is key– your absences may negatively influence the progress of your therapy. You’ve got to show up for it to work.
How long are sessions and how often do I attend?
Therapy sessions last 50 minutes and typically occur every week; however, length and frequency may vary according to your individual needs. Weekly sessions at the onset of therapy is recommended as a strong therapeutic relationship between the client and therapist is essential to the process.
How much does it cost and do you have sliding scale rates?
We will discuss fees over the phone and during the initial consultation/intake appointment. I have a limited amount of sliding scale slots available for those without insurance coverage.
Do you accept insurance?
Yes! I accept BlueCross BlueShield, Allegiance, Cigna, Pacific Source and First Choice Health.
What is your cancellation policy?
A 24-hour cancellation is required. If a session is missed or cancelled without 24-hours notice, you will be responsible for paying a cancellation fee.
Is what I share confidential?
Absolutely. What you share with me in our sessions is completely confidential except in the case of 1) immediate threat of harm to self or other, 2) suspicion of child or dependent elder abuse, 3) in the case of a court subpoena. We’ll discuss all of this and my other office policies during your initial intake session.
Will you participate in legal/custody disputes?
I do not testify in court, nor am I qualified to do psychological assessments for any purpose, such as child custody cases or visitation recommendations. Because the client-therapist relationship is built on trust with the foundation of that trust being confidentiality, it is often damaging to the therapeutic relationship for the therapist to be asked to present records to the court, testify whether factual or in an expert nature, in court or deposition. I generally do not provide records or testimony unless compelled to do so by a court.
What is your emergency policy?
I do not provide emergency or crisis response services at my practice. In the event of an emergency, please contact the Help Center (a local, free, 24-hour crisis line) at 586-3333 or for immediate assistance or call 911. Although I check my messages regularly, if you call me during a crisis, I cannot guarantee I will be able available.
How do I contact you?
Phone or email contact is great! Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 406-414-7552.