FAQ about therapy
What can therapy help people with?
There are many reasons people come to therapy. Sometimes it’s to deal with longstanding issues with depression, anxiety, or past emotional hurts or grief. Other times it can be helpful to address on-going relationship turmoil with family members or partners. Many people also find therapy to help them with life transitions such as: divorce, marriage, death, family planning, or work. When you don’t have other supports in place that you can consistently rely on, therapy can be a huge help with these transitions. In other words, you don’t have to be “crazy” for therapy. Many people who have never been to therapy, assume that you have to have something “wrong” with you. This couldn’t be further from the truth; the reality is, sometimes we all just need more support.
What if I’m used to dealing with issues on my own?
Anyone can benefit from therapy. It can help to have a non biased person help you create more coping skills to deal with those issues.
What is a therapy relationship?
A therapy relationship is between a therapist and the client. It can have similarities to other relationships, however it is also very unique. It’s a relationship that is exclusively focused on your struggles, goals, and needs which is what makes it so powerful. At times it can feel like a friendship especially if you have little support in your life. However, therapists have ethical boundaries that they follow to create a safe therapeutic relationship.
What will my first appointment be like?
In the first appointment we will meet, get to know you and your struggles and strengths through questions about your background and current experiences. With this we create a plan together focused on what you want to achieve in therapy. Here, you may begin to notice if it is a good fit and move forward.
Please bring: Insurance card and/or session payment.
What type of therapists are employed here?
There are many different educational paths a professional takes on their way to becoming a therapist – here there are independently licensed counselors and social workers.
Both types of providers are adequately trained to be competent therapists as they each undergo their own extensive training.
Feel free to ask your therapist about their training background & what specific training they have received. It’s your right as a client to know about where your therapist is competent in and to decide if you feel comfortable working with them.
How do I get the most out of therapy?
You get what you put into therapy. Being transparent, willing to try new things, & share about the different parts of your inner world is how therapy can be transforming. There is no “magic wand” to make anyone’s issues quickly go away. Therapy can feel difficult at times which is understandable due to the work that we do together.” We can not sugarcoat that with growth comes grief. However, it will get more manageable as you continue on.
How do I find a therapist that is a good fit for me?
Finding a therapist that’s a good fit can sometimes be hard and we want to make that process easier. That is why we offer free consultations to feel out if we might be a good fit for you before you come in. It’s important to feel comfortable and heard by your therapist and have a sense that your therapist is a partner in helping you achieve your goals. However, know that it can take between 1-4 sessions before you really start to know. You are encouraged to discuss any concerns you have with your therapist.
What if I don’t want to talk about the deeper reasons bringing me to therapy at first?
That’s okay! We want to make you feel comfortable and move forward at your speed. Let us know about that and when you are ready to discuss it further, we’ll be ready.
How long will I need therapy?
There is no set timeline for therapy. You and your therapist will discuss this when making your treatment plan and checking in with how you feel about your progress as therapy continues. Each client is different in their needs and experiences.
I had a bad experience with therapy before and I’m worried what will happen if I try again.
We’re so sorry this has happened. We understand that coming to therapy and discussing issues with a stranger is already an uncomfortable and vulnerable experience. We appreciate your courage to even think of trying therapy again. Utilizing our free consultation could be a really good start so you can consider how you feel with us; and ease the anxiety if you do decide to meet for an appointment.
FAQ about insurance
What forms of payment do you take?
We take most insurances and self pay. Learn more under each individual therapist’s profile as we are individually paneled with insurance companies.
What if my insurance is out of network and I still want to see a therapist here?
We can help you figure this out! Your insurance may have out of network benefits and we can help you walk through this process. The other option is self pay.
So if I’m using insurance, what can I expect to pay per session?
Each insurance has a different “contracted rate” with each provider so that is why it is hard to answer this question. We suggest that you call your insurance beforehand to find out what your mental health plan benefits are. Most insurances have deductibles and copays and this would be useful to ask about.
What are the differences between copays and deductibles?
Copays are a small per session fee that you pay and the insurance covers the rest. Usually a copay begins when you have met your deductible or if you have no deductible. A deductible is where you might have to pay the full contracted rate until you meet your deductible amount for all of your medical expenses for the year. To also add to the complexity, some people’s deductibles start over at different times of the year. For example it could start over January 1st or July 1st. After you meet your deductible amount, you might have a copay or no payment at all. Each plan is different and we encourage you to call your insurance beforehand so that you are prepared.
If I have no insurance, what options do I have?
Your option would be to self pay for services. Each therapist has their own set rate and is willing to discuss your options with you. If we cannot figure out a solution, we will offer referrals to places that can provide competent help and also fit your budget.