WHEN TO SEEK A THERAPIST
Therapists are trained to help you work through difficult periods in your life, or to overcome mental or emotional disorders. Many people are apprehensive about seeing a therapist, but there is absolutely no need to be. Seeking help is the first step towards recovery. Seeing a therapist shows that you are strong enough to face your problem head on. It is up to you to decide that you want to feel better, and a therapist is there to help you achieve your goals. You should see a therapist if you are struggling with personal issues, having family/marriage trouble, battling a mental or emotional disorder, struggling with change in your life, or any other situation where talking with someone can help.
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What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a method of treatment intended to improve the mental health of individuals, couples, or families. Psychotherapy (sometimes called counseling) can help people with ordinary everyday problems and it can also be used to help those with deep psychological pain.
Is It Normal To Be Nervous About Contacting A Psychotherapist?
Yes. Whatever you want to work on in psychotherapy is obviously important to you otherwise you would not consider investing your time, energy, and money.
Many people worry about being judged or misunderstood. Others worry that the therapist will not be able to help in any meaningful way. Frequently people find that their nervousness subsides during the initial session as the therapist treats their concerns with seriousness, respect, and compassion.
What Are Some Of The Ways Psychotherapy Can Help?
Psychotherapy may help you:
Make well-informed decisions regarding your career, relationships, and other important life choices.
Manage stressful situations or life transitions 0. Increase your capacity for intimacy
Mourn the loss of a loved one or a significant relationship
Resolve long standing emotional roadblocks
Foster awareness, compassion and forgiveness
Establish closer and more fulfilling relationships
Feel more capable in your studies or career
Overcome feelings of anxiety and depression
Experience greater pleasure in your day-to-day life
Make better use of your abilities
Gain greater freedom in your choices and actions
What is a Psy.D. and how does it differ from other mental health degrees?
Psy.D. stands for Doctor of Psychology and those with this degree are more focused on the practice of clinical psychology. Clinical Psychologists are the mental health professionals with the most training in therapy, assessment, and diagnosis. The training of a psychologist is more extensive than that of a counselor.
How long will I need to be in therapy?
I work efficiently and effectively to help resolve my clients challenges. Everyone's needs and personal situations are different, and the length of therapy depends on the complexity of the challenges for which you are seeking help.
Do I work with step/blended families and extended family members?
Yes, today's 'families' consist of various arrangements. For many blended families, there is a challenging period of adjustment to new roles and relationships. Family therapy can help each blended family member become clear of his or her role and how to communicate effectively within the new family.
How long are the appointments?
Session length may vary depending upon need. Sessions may be scheduled for between 45, 60, and 90 minutes.
How Do I Know Whether A Psychotherapist Is The Right One For Me?
The initial sessions not only allow the psychotherapist to get to know you, but also allow you to get to know the therapist. Specifically, you can assess how comfortable you feel with the therapist and how confident you feel that he or she understands you.
If you feel that your concerns are not being treated seriously and sensitively, you should look for a different psychotherapist. However, even a competent and experienced psychotherapist may not be the right one for you. As in any relationship, some people 'click' better than others. If you feel that the therapist might not be a good match for you, you should obtain additional referrals and meet with other psychotherapists
What can I expect in the first session?
A clarification of the issues and recommendations for treatment. It is an opportunity to determine if the working relationship feels right for going forward.
How Can I Make The Most Of Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy works best when you share your thoughts and feelings as openly and honestly as possible. Some people find this easier than others.
Most of us 'screen' our thoughts, often without realizing it. This may be because we find them inconsequential, embarrassing, painful, or inappropriate. Your therapist should help you feel more comfortable sharing your thoughts so that you can make the most of your treatment.
Will My Health Insurance Pay For Psychotherapy?
Health insurance policies can be very confusing, especially when it comes to psychotherapy coverage. Most insurance policies have a group of psychotherapists, called in-network providers, who will charge you a co-payment for each visit.
In addition, many insurance plans will reimburse a percentage of a psychotherapist's fee as long as the psychotherapist is a licensed mental health professional (e.g., a licensed psychologist, psychiatrist, or social worker).This allows you more flexibility so that you can find a psychotherapist who is right for you.
However, unscheduled brief telephone calls will be charged if longer than 15 minutes.
What is your cancellation policy?
All scheduled sessions require a 48 hour advance notice of cancellation in order to avoid a charge.
How do services intended for a child or adolescent differ from adult therapy?
Children and adolescents benefit from learning insights and coping skills that are presented by the therapist in an age-appropriate manner. In addition to working one-to-one with a child or adolescent, therapists may seek input from important adults, such as parents, caregivers and teachers. Most child/adolescent mental health professionals will coach parents on how best to address the needs of a child struggling with behavioral or emotional issues.
Cognitive - Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Many therapists use a combination of cognitive and behavioral therapies when working with patients. Cognitive therapy is focused on one's thoughts and beliefs. Discussing your thoughts and beliefs, what makes you think about certain things, and how these thoughts affect you are all discussed in cognitive therapy. The therapist is focused on helping you manage thoughts that cause anxiety, depression, and other mental and emotional problems.
Behavioral therapy is often used in conjunction with cognitive therapy to help the patient find a resolution to their problems. Behavioral therapy techniques such as relaxation and breathing exercises can help to curb negative thoughts and allow you to more easily discuss difficult subjects and deal with them calmly.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is helpful in treating many different emotional and mental disorders. Call us to find out how we can help you.