What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a method of treatment intended to improve the
mental health of individuals, couples, or families. Psychotherapy
(sometimes called counseling) can help people with ordinary every
day problems and it can also be used to help those with deep psychological
Is It Normal To Be Nervous About Contacting A Psychotherapist?
Yes. Whatever you want to work on in psychotherapy is obviously
important to you otherwise you would not consider investing your
time, energy, and money.
Many people worry about being judged or misunderstood. Others
worry that the therapist will not be able to help in any meaningful
way. Frequently people find that their nervousness subsides during
the initial session as the therapist treats their concerns with
seriousness, respect, and compassion.
What Are Some Of The Ways Psychotherapy Can Help?
Psychotherapy may help you:
Make well-informed decisions regarding your career, relationships,
and other important life choices.
Manage stressful situations or life transitions 0. Increase your
capacity for intimacy
Mourn the loss of a loved one or a significant relationship
Resolve long standing emotional roadblocks
Foster awareness, compassion and forgiveness
Establish closer and more fulfilling relationships
Feel more capable in your studies or career
Overcome feelings of anxiety and depression
Experience greater pleasure in your day-to-day life
Make better use of your abilities
Gain greater freedom in your choices and actions
How long will I need to be in therapy?
I work efficiently and effectively to help resolve my clients
challenges. Everyone's needs and personal situations are different,
and the length of therapy depends on the complexity of the challenges
for which you are seeking help.
Do I work with step/blended families and extended family
Yes, today's 'families' consist of various arrangements. For many
blended families, there is a challenging period of adjustment to
new roles and relationships. Family therapy can help each blended
family member become clear of his or her role and how to communicate
effectively within the new family.
How long are the appointments?
Psychotherapy appointments may be scheduled for between 40 and
75 minutes. Longer sessions can be arranged. Sessions can be scheduled
weekly or biweekly as needed and agreed upon.
How Do I Know Whether A Psychotherapist Is The Right One
The initial sessions not only allow the psychotherapist to get
to know you, but also allow you to get to know the therapist. Specifically,
you can assess how comfortable you feel with the therapist and
how confident you feel that he or she understands you.
If you feel that your concerns are not being treated seriously
and sensitively, you should look for a different psychotherapist.
However, even a competent and experienced psychotherapist may not
be the right one for you. As in any relationship, some people 'click'
better than others. If you feel that the therapist might not be
a good match for you, you should obtain additional referrals and
meet with other psychotherapists
How Can I Make The Most Of Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy works best when you share your thoughts and feelings
as openly and honestly as possible. Some people find this easier
Most of us 'screen' our thoughts, often without realizing it.
This may be because we find them inconsequential, embarrassing,
painful, or inappropriate. Your therapist should help you feel
more comfortable sharing your thoughts so that you can make the
most of your treatment.
Will My Health Insurance Pay For Psychotherapy?
Health insurance policies can be very confusing, especially when
it comes to psychotherapy coverage. Most insurance policies have
a group of psychotherapists, called in-network providers, who will
charge you a co-payment for each visit.
In addition, many insurance plans will reimburse a percentage
of a psychotherapist's fee as long as the psychotherapist is a
licensed mental health professional (e.g., a licensed psychologist,
psychiatrist, or social worker).This allows you more flexibility
so that you can find a psychotherapist who is right for you.
How do services intended for a child or adolescent differ
from adult therapy?
Children and adolescents benefit from learning insights and coping
skills that are presented by the therapist in an age-appropriate
manner. In addition to working one-to-one with a child or adolescent,
therapists may seek input from important adults, such as parents,
caregivers and teachers. Most child/adolescent mental health professionals
will coach parents on how best to address the needs of a child
struggling with behavioral or emotional issues.