Why do people seek therapy?
People come into therapy for many reasons. Some need to respond to unexpected changes in their lives, while others seek self-exploration and personal growth. When coping skills are overwhelmed by guilt, doubt, anxiety, or despair, therapy can help. Therapy can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping for issues such as depression, anxiety, lack of confidence, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, bereavement, spiritual conflicts, stress management, body image issues, and creative blocks. People seeking psychotherapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives.
What can I expect in a therapy session?
During sessions, you can expect an active dialog between all participants. By listening, re-framing, teaching, challenging, and empathizing, I will seek to make a difference in your life. A session lasts 50 minutes and sessions are usually scheduled weekly at first. As progress is made, the time between sessions is often increased. Between sessions, you can practice new skills and think about what was discussed. At times, I may ask you to do some "homework", such as reading a relevant book or keeping records. Therapy is most beneficial when all participants are active, both in and outside of the therapy sessions.
What benefits can I expect from working with a therapist?
A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy. Often it is helpful just to know that someone understands. Therapy can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. Many people find therapy to be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, and the hassles of daily life. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself and your personal goals and values
- Developing skills for improving your relationships
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
- Find new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Managing anger, depression, and other emotional pressures
- Improving communications skills - learn how to listen to others, and have others listen to you
- Getting "unstuck" from unhealthy patterns - breaking old behaviors and develop new ones
- Discovering new ways to solve problems
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
What if I don't know what my goals are for therapy?
If you aren't sure what your goals are for therapy, I will help you to figure that out. Most people are finding some aspect of their life uncomfortable when they call to schedule. I will help clarify what is not working in your life and where this unease is coming from. During the course of therapy, your goals may change. I will keep the process fluid to accommodate the changes that may occur in your life.
Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?
There is a confusing array of insurance arrangements. Check with your insurance carrier to see what benefits you have. I will also verify the benefits. I will file the insurance forms and procure the necessary authorizations. I am on the preferred provider panel for most insurance companies. I will do everything I can to maximize the benefits you are entitled to.
Is therapy confidential?
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 a number of exceptions to this rule. Exceptions include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. I am required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s. I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself. I will make every effort to enlist your cooperation in ensuring your safety. If you do not cooperate, further measures may be taken without your permission in order to ensure your safety.
Are you married? Have you raised children?
I married Phillip in 1980. We have three sons, three daughters-in-law, and 4 grandchildren.