FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Therapy Questions, Answered for You
DO YOU OFFER FREE CONSULTATIONS?
Yes. It is important to make sure that there is a good-fit between you and your therapist. We invite you to schedule a free 20-minute consultation and learn how we can help you. Simply call us and request one.
WILL THE INFORMATION I TELL MY THERAPIST BE KEPT CONFIDENTIAL?
Confidentially is of the utmost importance and what is discussed in therapy remains confidential. This is one of the things that makes therapy a safe place to discuss any issue. There are a few exceptions to this rule as required by law (e.g., if an individual poses a danger to themselves or others). Confidentiality will be discussed in detail during the first appointment.
ARE ALL THERAPISTS CREATED EQUALLY? HOW DO I CHOOSE A THERAPIST WITH ALL THE DIFFERENT OPTIONS?
The following information is a guide for choosing a therapist and knowing how to make the most out of therapy.
There are many articles on the web about how to choose a therapist. Most of them focus on different degree levels (MA, MSW, Ph.D., Psy.D) types of training, titles (psychologist, psychiatrist, therapist, marriage counselor), and theoretical orientation (Cognitive-Behavioral, Psychodynamic, Mindfulness, etc), and matching these to your concerns (relationships, depression, anxiety, ADHD, relationship problems, bipolar, etc). Additionally, there are many psychologists, counselors, and therapists with any mix of these specialties and qualifications, making the choice more difficult.
So how do you pick? The best strategy is probably to explore the "fit" between you and the therapist. In more detail, that might mean that the person seems competent, professional, trustworthy, friendly, and has something to offer you. Like someone you feel good about entering into a personal/professional relationship with. Research has shown there to be a variety of reasons for this, most notably that the therapeutic relationship is the best predictor of success. This is why we offer a free initial consultation for you to meet with your prospective therapist to ensure you enter into the professional relationship with the highest level of confidence.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED HELP?
People typically present for help when they find that they are unhappy, anxious, or falling short of success, and what they have been doing to change their circumstances is not working. Some indicators that you might want to a see a therapist include: you know the problem is too big or complex to handle easily; others suggest you need to talk to someone or get help; you've tried numerous strategies over the years and have had some success with the issue but no real lasting or deep changes have occurred; or, you just don't seem to be reaching your full potential in your family, marriage, career, school, friendships/relationships, or hobbies.
HOW OFTEN DO I COME IN FOR THERAPY?
To make the most progress, we will typically begin with 1 session a week. But we are sensitive to your work or school schedule as well as other commitments outside of therapy. Some clients choose to come in every other week after the first few sessions of individual counseling or couples counseling.
Also, clients that attain and maintain their goals and are close to the end of therapy may reduce the number of sessions to bi-weekly or less. This gives you time to test your new tools and ability to maintain these changes with less assistance from your therapist. These sessions are important to the therapy process and allow for a healthy transition from therapy.
WHAT THERAPEUTIC TECHNIQUES WILL BE UTILIZED?
There are a variety of therapeutic techniques that can be helpful. Based on your specific needs, a treatment plan will be put together collaboratively. For example, interpersonal therapy techniques have been well supported in the treatment of mood disorders and relationship difficulties. Cognitive-Behavioral techniques can help you break out of self-defeating habits.
HOW LONG WILL I NEED TO BE IN THERAPY?
There is no set answer to this question. Some problems can be resolved in just a few sessions. Others take much longer. Therapy should continue as long as you are making progress and until the problems that brought you in are resolved to your satisfaction. It is always your decision to continue or discontinue therapy.
WILL I BE ABLE TO AFFORD THERAPY?
Psychological Wellness Center believes in having a strong community presence, meeting the needs of the members of the community, and allowing everyone access to high quality psychological services. For this reason, we offer a private pay system that’s structured to help make therapy affordable for a wide range of people. Please call for more details.