What can I expect from counseling?
Each person has their own experience when going to a counselor. The sessions are a way to learn about yourself, about your thought process and emotions, and about your relationships. The way to get the most out of the sessions is to attend them regularly, be active and participate, and do any actions assigned. The most important thing to remember is to be open and honest with your counselor. When you and the counselor are working with the truth, that’s when you can gain the most benefit from the work you put into the sessions.
Please know that everything you say in any counseling session will be held confidential. All information will be confidential and stay between you and the counselor. The only exception may be if you appear to be a danger to yourself or to other people. In that case, the counselor may seek additional outside help for you.
My symptoms aren’t that severe. Can I still benefit from counseling?
Most people find that counseling can improve their lives. Even mild anxiety can keep you from fully enjoying your life. Counseling can help you to identify those areas in your life that you could improve to have a more fulfilling life.
How much does therapy cost?
Its important to keep in mind that therapy is an investment for a better life. In a lot of the cases it is a lifelong change.
If you have an Health Spendings Account, HSA, or an Flexible Spendings Account it can be used towards your or your family's therapy.
I am generally considered an 'Out of Network Provider'. I do however provide my clients a Superbill. A Superbill is a financial statement that can be submitted to your Insurance company for possible reimbursement. Please contact your insurance company for your specific reimbursement rates.
How long will treatment take? How will I know it is completed?
Therapy is a very individualized process and there is no standard answer to this question. The length of treatment depends on the severity and type of challenges presented as well as your commitment to complete the homework in between our sessions. In general, you and your therapist will work out treatment goals (which can change through the course of treatment). Treatment is complete when you’ve reached your goals to your satisfaction.
Ultimately, it is your decision when to terminate.
Will what I disclose to my therapist remain private?
The law protects the communication between a therapist and patient. In most situations, a therapist can only release information about your treatment to others if the client signs a written authorization form, or for the purposes of Insurance payments.
The following represents situations in which therapists are required to disclose information without your consent:
▪When a patient threatens to harm himself/herself or is otherwise unable to care for him/herself, a therapist may be obligated to seek hospitalization for the patient, or contact others who may help ensure safety.
▪When there is reason to suspect that a child is the victim of abuse or neglect, a therapist may be required to file a report with the appropriate agency.
▪When there is reason to suspect physical or monetary abuse of an elder or dependent adult, abandonment or abduction, the therapist must report the suspected abuse.
▪When a patient or family member communicates a threat of violence against someone, a therapist must take protective actions including warning the potential victim and contacting law enforcement or any other person/agency deemed important for protecting the safety and well-being of the identified person.
▪Clinical records are occasionally subject to legal subpoena. In those unusual instances a therapist is not obligated to release the records and may claim confidentiality. If however a legitimate Order of the Court is issued, release of records or summary of records may be required even without consent.
Please be aware that the above circumstances are rare and that disclosures without your consent only take place in extreme situations, and usually only to protect you or others.
If you are under 18 years of age, your parents or guardians generally have the right to ask and know what goes on in therapy. However, I always ask that parents/guardians respect the privacy of the therapy (except for safety issues like those listed above) and realize that trust can be particularly difficult with teens, so the treatment should remain private. I also ask parents to discuss treatment with the child/teen present, so the communication is transparent to the teen. Usually parents will go along with this request.
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