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    I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?

    Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some strengths that you’ve used before; but maybe, for whatever reason, aren’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming, which makes it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, I’ll help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now.

    What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?

    While family and friends may be good listeners and potentially a great support to you, a mental health professional has years of specialized training and experience in understanding human behavior, emotion, and complex problems. As your therapist, I can provide you with an objective level of insight that those closest to you may not recognize or feel freely able to share.  I can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, help you gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person, so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.

    Why don’t you take insurance?

    There are several reasons, but to name a few:

    • I would have to diagnose you in order to get reimbursement.  Insurance doesn’t pay for marital difficulties, or “having a rough time.” Diagnosing then places a label on you that becomes a part of your permanent record.  This may not matter to you if you receive medical benefits through your employer; but if you ever become self-employed or need to purchase private insurance, having a mental health diagnosis may impact your ability to gain preferred coverage, or affordable coverage at all.
    • Your care is determined by your insurer.  Regardless of your need, your insurance will likely give you an allotted number of sessions.  Insurance also requires a treatment plan from the therapist which fits the diagnosis given.  The problem with this is that you may then be given care based on what is required for reimbursement, rather than your specific or actual need.
    • Your records can be audited at any time.  Your private records submitted for reimbursement may be seen by any claims specialist determining to go through them.  This might not matter to you, but if you require high clearance for a job (in the government, armed forces, etc.), this may be important for you to know.

    If you still desire to seek assistance from your insurance, I do offer the option to receive a copy of the required documentation you need to seek reimbursement for your out-of-network benefits.  If you have any other questions on this, I would be happy to discuss this with you, and/or explain this further. 

    Why shouldn’t I just use medication?

    Medication alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is treat the symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals.

    Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy.

    How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?

    Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.

    How long will it take?

    Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.

    I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?

    I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other for a session a week. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.