Frequently Asked Questions
How is therapy different from talking to a friend?
While friends are an important part of your support system, they are not professionally trained to treat mental health concerns. A therapist can help you to see your situation from new perspectives, learn ways to cope with difficult emotions, heal past traumas, and will listen to you without judgment. Therapy is also confidential by law, which means you'll never have to worry about someone sharing your business.
How long does it take?
The answer to this question is impossible to predict. Everyone has their own goals for therapy, and healing is not a linear process. However, within 1-3 sessions of Accelerated Resolution Therapy, you can expect relief. With Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, progress comes gradually. Relief from symptoms can be experienced after 8 sessions. Some people are ready to be done after a few sessions, and some need support for longer periods of time. There is no "normal".
Are medication and therapy interchangeable solutions?
It is widely accepted by medical professionals and mental health providers alike that medicine alone cannot address the emotional pain and mental distress that accompanies living with mental illness or facing challenging life circumstances. In some cases, medication and therapy together can provide the best outcome. You can discuss psychotropic medication options with your doctor. Therapy provides insight into the problem as well as behaviors that prevent progress, which empowers you to take control of your health and achieve long-term well-being.
Who can benefit from therapy?
Anyone. To benefit from therapy, you must be ready to commit to making changes outside of therapy sessions. The changes you put into practice are the foundation of achieving your therapeutic goals. If you're ready to take responsibility for your health, learn new ways of thinking and behaving, and receive compassionate feedback, therapy can help.
Is there any benefit to paying privately instead of using my insurance benefits?
There are two reasons why you may choose to pay for your treatment privately. The first is that it's completely private. When insurance is billed for a therapy session, they have access to information about your mental health. When you pay for therapy privately, you can ensure complete confidentiality. The second is that therapy should be flexible. Insurances only reimburse for certain methods and very specific time frames. They always require a formal diagnosis. If you wish, I can work with you in a way that is specifically tailored to your needs and isn't being dictated by a third party. You are more than a label.