Frequently Asked Questions
WHY DO PEOPLE GO TO THERAPY, AND HOW DO I KNOW IF IT’S RIGHT FOR ME?
Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life. The motivation for coming to therapy is individual and depends upon the person. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing issues, such as low self-esteem, addictive behaviors, relationship conflicts or problems with anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in life such as a divorce or work transition. Seeking support with personal exploration and growth is also motivation for therapy.
DO I NEED THERAPY?
Life challenges are universal, how they affect us is unique. While you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you’ve faced either on your own or with help from family and friends, engaging support from an unbiased person is a positive step in your journey. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to understand its merits and benefits. Our sessions can provide long-lasting benefits, give you tools to avoid triggers, redirect damaging or painful patterns, and help to overcome whatever challenges you face.
DO OUR CONVERSATIONS IN THERAPY REMAIN CONFIDENTIAL?
Yes. All our conversations are confidential as your right to privacy and trust are paramount to our success. It is also confidential information that you are meeting with a counselor. As a licensed social worker, I adhere to the ethical standards of the National Association of Social Workers. Only in rare exceptions when your safety or the safety of others is at risk can disclosure of confidential information take place. In accordance with HIPAA, a notice of privacy practices will be provided to you prior to our initial session and or can be found under the forms section. If you request that I share information with family, friends or other members of your healthcare team, I will have you sign a form authorizing the release of information, which can also be found in the forms section of this website.
DO YOU PRESCRIBE MEDICATION?
No, I don’t. However, if I feel medication is indicated, we can have a robust conversation about it. I will work in collaboration with your medical doctor or psychiatrist to achieve the greatest outcomes.
IF I COMMIT TO THERAPY, WHAT CAN I EXPECT AND HOW WILL I KNOW IT IS WORKING?
You will get the best results from therapy when you actively participate in the process. You can expect an open and safe environment where together we dialogue to cope with, manage and alleviate the issues that brought you here. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in our sessions back into your life. I can suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your progress. It’s all about you. As you progress, old thoughts and feelings will give way to new ideas. You may find that you sleep better, have a more positive attitude and most important feel like yourself.
HOW DO I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH YOU?
I welcome your call at 201-981-5366, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. I will get back to you within 24 hours.
WHEN ARE YOU AVAILABLE?
My hours are flexible.