Is therapy a good fit for me or us?
We provide professional support to many different people, families and groups.
We spend the majority of our time working with individuals, families and couples. Our work focuses on promoting happy and healthy relationships.
Children, teens & families
Grief and Loss
Depression and Anxiety
Work or academic Issues
Parenting and adoption support
We have extensive experience working with children and adolescents facing challenges with academics, and family or peer relationships. We frequently find that getting to know the whole family is helpful in ways that are often surprisingly useful. Current and former clients include straight and same sex couples who are dating, living together, preparing for marriage, and married.
Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.
Most of us are constantly adapting and evolving through life's changes; marriage, divorce, kids arriving (or leaving the nest), blending families, work shifts and professional challenges, sometimes the list seems endlress. Many of us become excellent jugglers who from time to fime find there ar ejust too many balls moving too quickly to keep on top of it all. Sadly, sometimes life sideswipes us with the completely unexpected and unplanned. A nasty breakup or divorce, unemployment, financial distress, illness or even death can stress even the most resilient individual or family. Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, it can often prove very helpful to seek out some extra support when you need it.
A number of benefits are available from participating in therapy and the unique relationship that is created between a trusted therapist and client.
Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, 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:
Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
Developing skills for improving your relationships
Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
Improving communications and listening skills
Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. It is standard for therapists to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during therapy sessions. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts around fifty minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth.
Sometimes a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what's best for you. It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness.
Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?
To determine if you have mental health coverage, the first thing you should do is check with your insurance carrier. Check your coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions:
What are my mental health benefits?
What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
Is approval required from my primary care physician?
Is therapy confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client.
Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the police.
If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.