- 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
I believe that one of the most important things in therapy is that you feel comfortable enough to be honest and talk about what is going on. It will take a while for us to get to know each other, and it is normal for that to feel hard at first. We will develop goals together, but we will also check in regularly to make sure that we are "on track". I say to everyone that I am the right match for some, but not for all. Please know that it is ok to talk about this with me, and that we need to discuss if we are working on what feels important.
Why do people go to therapy and how do I know if it is right for me?
People have many different motivations for coming to psychotherapy. Some may be going through a major life transition (the birth or union with a child, unemployment, divorce, new job, 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 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.
The first session is usually more of a time to let me know what is happening in your life, discuss the intake information that you bring with you, and set some initial directions for our work together. We will probably not get through all your story the first time we meet, and it is important that you do not feel that you have to tell me everything the first time we get together. In subsequent sessions, we will get deeper into things.
- 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?
Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?