What is therapy?
Therapy, also called psychotherapy or counseling, is the process of talking to a trained professional about a wide range of life challenges: emotional distress, anxiety, family difficulties, mood problems, grief and loss, or relationship problems. It can also be used to aid in personal growth, meet personal goals, and improve the ability to cope with stress and everyday problems.
What can I expect?
Your first appointment will be primarily a time for your therapist to begin to understand what your concerns are, what your goals for therapy are, what treatment options are available, and for the therapist to make recommendations based on his or her evaluation of your situation and issues. You and your therapist will set treatment goals together, reviewing these goals as you go along. Therapy goals may be successfully accomplished in just a few months, but in some cases, long-term treatment may be indicated. This will be discussed with your therapist in the first few sessions. You may ask your therapist at any time during the therapy about his or her approach, what the goals of treatment might be, how long therapy will last, and what to do in a crisis. Each session will last 50 minutes to one hour, and each therapist maintains his or her own schedule.
How do I pay for services?
You can pay for services with cash, check or credit cards. Some HSA cards are also accepted. You can ask for a statement to turn into your insurance company if you would like to be reimbursed.
How can I get the most out of my therapy sessions?
You can maximize the progress you make in therapy by being actively involved in the work you and your therapist are doing. Some suggestions include:
Try not to miss any of your scheduled meetings
Between sessions, make time to think about the things you have discussed with your therapist
Invest in following through on any homework assignments your therapist has suggested for you
Be as honest and open with your therapist as possible
What if I can’t make my appointment?
There is a 24 hour cancellation policy. If you are unable to make your appointment due to illness or situations beyond your control and unable to cancel in 24 hours your fee can be credited to a future appointment.
How can therapy be helpful?
Therapy provides a confidential, supportive atmosphere in which to reflect on various issues. In therapy, you may learn a number of things such as:
How to better understand yourself and those around you;
Ways to make healthy life choices which enhance your personal growth and effectiveness;
How to build on and expand your adaptive coping skills, so that you can make the most of your time in college.
Why do people go to therapy and what happens when you get there?
Therapy can help individuals cope more effectively with many problems that arise in daily life, including some that may interfere with relationships. Individuals bring a wide range of issues to therapy, and anything which is a concern to an individual is important. Some experiences frequently brought to therapy include loneliness, stress, relationship problems, anxiety, grief, depression, eating concerns, coping with transitions, sexual identity, and many others.
How does it work?
The therapy process involves a relationship between you and a therapist who will help you clarify your feelings, make your own decisions, and resolve your concerns. As part of this process, your therapist will ask you to share personal information about yourself and your life. You may find that some of the questions asked, especially in the first session, seem far from your specific experience. This is because therapists need to ask a range of questions in the process of getting to know you. They will not make assumptions, as every person is unique and has their own way of experiencing themselves and others. At times, discussing this information with your therapist may be difficult or even distressing. However, your therapist will support you in this process, and can help you address any discomfort if it does arise. The most effective therapy results from a collaborative partnership between the therapist and client as they work together towards the goals of treatment.