Why do people seek therapy?
People come into therapy for many reasons. Some need to respond to unexpected changes in their lives, while others seek self-exploration and personal growth. When coping skills are overwhelmed by guilt, doubt, anxiety, or despair, therapy can help. Therapy can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping for issues such as depression, anxiety, lack of confidence, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, bereavement, stress management, body image issues, among other issues. People seeking psychotherapy are hoping to heal, find change and create greater awareness in their lives.
What can I expect in a therapy session?
During sessions you are expected to work on your primary concerns and issues. The first session is diagnostic and can last at least an hour, any following sessions last 45- 60 minutes. Usually weekly sessions are best; however, people who are in crisis may need more than one session per week. It may take several sessions before your goals are clarified. It is also common to continue altering and adding goals as your therapy progresses. During the time between sessions, it is beneficial to think about and process what was discussed. At times, I may ask you to complete certain actions (or homework) such as reading a relevant book , keeping records and practicing techniques.
What benefits can I expect from working with a therapist?
A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy. Often it is helpful just to know that someone understands. Therapy can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. Many people find therapy to be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, and the hassles of daily life. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself and your personal goals and values
- Developing skills for improving your relationships
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
- Find new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Managing anger, depression, and other emotional pressures
- Improving communications skills - learn how to listen to others, and have others listen to you
- Getting "unstuck" from unhealthy patterns - breaking old behaviors and develop new ones
- Discovering new ways to solve problems
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?
I am a PPO BlueCross/BlueShield provider of most states. However, please take a moment to check with your insurance carrier. Check your coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions:
- Do I have mental health benefits?
- What is my deductible and has it been met?
- How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?
- Do I have out-of-network benefits? (for those wishing to submit to other plans)
- Is there a limitation on how much you will pay per session?
What is Play Therapy?
Play is the universal language of children. Play therapy is defined as "the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development."
What is Animal Assisted Therapy?
A goal-directed intervention in which an animal becomes a part of your treatment process. It can facilitate improvement in social, emotional and cognitive functions. The animal interaction has been shown to enhance empathy skills, promote nurturing and self-acceptance, and reduce stress. If you are interested in utilizing this technique, please ask me for further information as it is not suited for all therapy issues nor for all animals.
What is Sensorimotor Psychotherapy?
SP is a method that brings together body and sensory messages with cognitive and emotional processing in the treatment of trauma.