Here are some of the frequently asked questions we get about the therapy & counseling services, the process, eligibility of the patient, and confidentiality. Click on each question to know more. You may directly contact us for further questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you’ve faced, there’s nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you’re at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns and overcome whatever challenges you face.
Therapy is different for everyone. In general, you can expect to discuss what’s going on in your life, explore your personal history as it relates to your issue, and report progress or any insights from the previous therapy session. Based on your needs, therapy might be short-term and cover a specific issue, or longer-term to address difficult patterns or on-going personal development. Either way, it’s common to see your therapist on a regular basis–often weekly or biweekly.
Keep in mind that therapy is an undertaking where you get more results if you actively participate in the process. We may suggest things you can do outside of therapy to support your process: reading a book, journaling, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals. People who are successful in therapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives, and are ready to take responsibility for their lives.
Medication is often effective in treating symptoms, but is unlikely to provide a long-term solution to mental and emotional issues alone. Therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress.
Sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being are supported by an integrative approach to wellness. Work with your medical doctor to determine the best course of treatment for you. In some cases, a combination of medication and therapy is the best course of action.
Confidentiality is one of the most important parts of the relationship you have with your therapist. Your therapist will provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent.” Sometimes, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician or Attorney), but by law your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.
However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to report the following situations:
- Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
- If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threatened to harm another person.
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