There are many ways you can benefit from therapy. You will find my therapeutic approach is geared towards treating the “whole person”. What this means is that I will work with you and not just your symptoms. By coming to therapy, you will learn certain skills and strategies to not only address the issue you want to work on but also address your overall well being.
It’s also important to note that you don’t need a “psychological disorder” to attend therapy. Many clients come to therapy because they’re looking for personal or spiritual growth. It’s a way of taking time out of their very busy life to work with someone who is dedicated to helping them discover and become their “best self”.
During your first session I will meet with you to help you identify issues you want to work on in therapy and goals to be accomplished. Some clients come to therapy ready to get to work. Other clients may need more time to decide if I am the right person to help them move forward. Either way, my goal is to meet you where you’re at. I believe that trust is earned by allowing you to go at your own pace.
Friends are a great source of support, love and kindness. In fact, we might even consider some of our friends as family.
But why is it clients with a great support network still feel the need to seek therapy?
First and most important, our sessions are completely private. You don’t have to worry about someone accidentally spilling the beans to family or friends.
Second, by seeing a therapist, you are working with someone who is trained to diagnose and/or point out patterns of behavior that might be detrimental to your overall well being.
Finally, most friends want to support you, not hurt you. Therefore, often times friends tell you what you want to hear, rather than what you need to hear. The power of therapy is discovering your own solutions that teach you to remember your path to enlightenment so you can find it again when you need it.
The relationship between therapist and client is protected by law and information cannot be disclosed without written consent. The only exceptions are if and when there is suspected child abuse/neglect or when the client threatens serious harm to self or others, in which case every effort is made to ensure the safety of those affected as required by law.
Treatment decisions are often decided by guidelines enforced by insurance reviewers who often do not have an understanding of your specific needs. Unfortunately, mental health care is often subject to coverage limits that are a fraction of the coverage provided for other illnesses. For example, if we determine a psychiatric evaluation or ongoing psychotherapy is the best treatment option, you’ll most likely need the approval of a disengaged third party who is detached from day-to-day psychological/psychiatric care.
Furthermore, in order for insurance to be utilized, the therapist is often required to provide a diagnosis to justify ongoing treatment which may become part of your permanent medical record. Additionally, managed care organizations and insurance companies can require detailed information about your psychiatric history as a condition of payment. I fundamentally believe being mandated to provide private and confidential information to insurance companies violates the confidence and trust between the therapist and client.