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Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and
psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive
subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist's office. Every
therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and
you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shard with anyone. This is
called "informed consent". Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share
information or give update to someone on your healthcare team (Physician, Naturopath
Attorney), but by law your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining
your written permission.
However, state law and professional ethics require therapist to maintain confidentiality
except for 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 threaten to harm another person.
What about medication vs. psychotherapy?
It is well established that the long-term solution to mental
and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be
solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the
symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the
behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best
achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with
an integrative approach to wellness. Working with your medical
doctor you can determine what's best for you, and in some cases a
combination of medication and therapy is the right course of
Why do people go to therapy and how do I know if it is right for me?
People have many different motivations for coming to psychotherapy. Some may be going
through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling
stressful circumstances well. Some people need assistance managing a range of other issues
such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual
conflicts and creative blocks. Therapy can help provide some much needed encouragement
and help with skills to get them through these periods. Others may be at a point where they
are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life.
In short, people seeking psychotherapy are ready to meet the challenges in their lives and
ready to make changes in their lives.
Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.
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.
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These FAQs are designed to provide a better understanding on counseling
Do you take insurance, and how does that work?
To determine if you have mental health coverage through your insurance carrier, the first thing you should do is call them. Check your coverage carefully and make sure you understand their answers. Some helpful questions you can ask them:
What are my mental health benefits?
What is therapy like?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the
individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal
history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy
session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term
to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development.
Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly).
It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the
process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life.
Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest some things you can
do outside of therapy to support your process - such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific
topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals. People seeking psychotherapy are ready
to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.
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