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People seek therapy because they need assistance with problems in daily living. These problems can be persistent and frequently interfere with routine functioning. Some important signs are excessive anxiety, depression, loneliness, guilt, and low self-confidence.
Anyone can be a candidate for therapy, because we all are subject to problems with daily living. Those who seek therapy are generally motivated by a desire to improve the quality of their lives. They are typically interested in problem solving, understanding themselves, enriching their relationships, along with growth and development.
Therapy is a collaborative effort involving a therapist and a client. A client can be an individual, couple, or family group. It is a communications and healing process which helps you develop insights and solutions as you talk openly about your problems. It is designed to thoughtfully evaluate problems and to foster constructive changes, enabling you to take more responsible control of you life.
There are several steps involved in choosing a therapist that's right for you. First, check on the therapist's qualifications. Second, evaluate your therapist's understanding of and response to your particular problems. Your feelings of trust and comfort with your therapist should be weighed heavily since such confidence is important in the personal sharing that therapy requires. Lastly, make sure your therapist participates with your insurance company. You can find this out by contacting your insurance company or asking the therapist.
Therapy usually lasts until you and your therapist agree that you have finished the work you set out to do. For some problems, short-term treatment (10-12 sessions) is customary. When problems have persisted on a chronic basis, longer-term therapy may be indicated. After several sessions, you and your therapist will most likely be able to estimate the duration of your treatment.
Successful therapy requires assurances that your therapist is fully committed to preserving your privacy. The information you give your therapist will not be transmitted to others without your consent as required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. A copy of the Notice of Privacy Practices is available upon request.
Appointments are usually scheduled once a week for 50 minutes. More or less frequent sessions can be arranged as needed. It is very important for you to keep your appointments and be on time so therapy can work. An appointment should be cancelled only in the case of an emergency.
If medication appears to be an important adjunct to your therapy, your therapist will refer you to a psychiatrist who will determine your particular need so there can be coordination with an overall treatment plan.
This time has been reserved for you. If you miss or cancel an appointment, the time will be billed to you unless you give us notice 24 hours ahead of time.