Frequently Asked Questions
This is my first time in therapy. What should I expect on the first session?
Prior to any session taking place, you will need to schedule an intake. An intake helps the therapist conceptualize presenting problems to better tailor the therapeutic needs of the client. The therapist will ask the client a host of questions and conduct outcome measurements to gather a baseline of where the client currently is. From that point, goals and objectives will be set, based off what the client wants to work on. Based off the goals and objectives set, the therapist will facilitate sessions to keep on track towards progress.
Do you offer sliding scale rates?
Sliding scale fees are offered, on a case by case basis. Please inquire with Therapist. You will need to submit proof in order to utilize this service.
How long does each therapy session take?
Sessions generally take approximately 50 minutes. To cater to the needs of the client, the amount of time spent for each session may vary.
Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usally not discussed anywhere but the therapist's office. Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called "Informed Consent." Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team, but by law, your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.
However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:
*Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral source.
* If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threatened to harm another person.
What about medication vs. psychotherapy?
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. In working with your medical doctor, you can determine what is best for you and in some cases, a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action.