Is therapy right for me?

Seeking out therapy is a personal choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues or trauma. Other times, it is in response to unexpected changes in one’s life such as a divorce or a work transition. Many seek the advice of a therapist as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy can help address many types of issues and is tailored for the client’s specific needs and treatment goals. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards positive change in their lives.

What can I expect in a therapy session?

Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and his/her specific goals. During therapy sessions, it is standard to talk about the primary issues and concerns in your life; however, when it serves the client, alternative forms of expression – music, art, guided meditation, etc. – can be effective and powerful techniques. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts approximately 50 minutes. Sometimes, individuals who are going through a particularly difficult challenge may request more time per session or more than one session per week. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. Often, certain actions are recommended for outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. Between sessions, it is important to process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life. For therapy to be most effective, it is important to work at your own pace, but to be as active as possible in treatment.

What benefits can I expect from working with a therapist?

Therapy can provide insight and new perspectives into life’s challenges and can help create solutions to difficult problems. Many people find that working with a therapist can enhance personal development, decrease the effects of trauma, improve relationships and family dynamics, and can ease the challenges of daily life. Sometimes, just having someone there to listen is helpful. Overall, people who utilize psychotherapy in any of its forms tend to have lower levels of anxiety and stress, decreased conflict, and improved quality of life.

Some of the benefits available from therapy include:

  • Developing new skills for handling stress and anxiety
  • Modifying unhealthy behavior and long-standing patterns
  • Attaining insight into personal patterns and behavior
  • Increasing confidence, peace, vitality, and well-being
  • Improving ways to manage anger, depression and moods
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems
  • Navigating life’s obstacles more effectively
  • Improving listening and communication skills
  • Enhancing the overall quality of life
  • Re-establishing connection between self and loved ones, passions, goals, etc.

Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?

Connective Counseling currently accepts Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Medical Mutual and CareSource.   I am working with other major carriers in the area to establish billing relationships in the near future.  Please check back for updates.

Is therapy confidential?

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a psychotherapist. Information is not disclosed without written permission. However, there are three major exceptions to this rule. Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s. The therapist must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in insuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, further measures may be taken without their permission in order to ensure their safety.