Is therapy right for me?
Seeking out therapy is an individual or couples decision. There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues, or problems with anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to marital conflict, an affair, or unexpected changes in one's life such as a divorce or 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 including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, body-image issues, and general life transitions. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life or relationships by tacanking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.
How can Gottman Couples Therapy help?
Gottman Couples Therapy is based on 35 years of marital research by Dr. John Gottman. Dr. Gottman is responsible for much of what we know today about what makes marriages succeed or fail. Gottman Couples Therapy is based on the premise that removing roadblocks to success and then teaching skills for success can turn even the most troubled relationship around. Having been trained by Drs. John and Julie Gottman, I am a Certified Gottman Couples Therapist. Find out more at Gottman.com.
How can Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy help?
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy or EFT was formulated by Drs. Sue Johnson and Les Greenberg in the early 1980's. A substantial body of research demonstrating the effectiveness of EFT now exists. Research studies find that 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery and 90% of couples show significant improvement in their relationship. The major contra-indication for EFT is ongoing violence in the relationship. The goals of EFT are to expand and re-organize key emotional responses--the music of the attachment dance; to create a shift in partners' interactional positions and initiate new cycles of interaction; and to foster the creation of a secure bond between partners. Find out more at www.iceeft.com.
What can I expect in a therapy session?
Every therapy session is unique and caters to each couple and their specific goals. During therapy sessions we talk about the primary issues and concerns in your relationship. It is common to schedule a series of weekly or bi-weekly sessions, where each session lasts 80 minutes. Sometimes individuals or couples who are going through a particularly difficult challenge may request 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. For couples, therapy is geared towards changing the underlying patterns which cause distress in their relationship. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book, practicing a skill, 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 you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions.
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, improve relationships and family dynamics, and can ease the challenges of daily life. Sometimes, just having someone there to listen is helpful. Overall, people in therapy 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
- Imroving your relationships
Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?
While I do not participate in most insurances, to determine if you have mental health coverage, the first thing you should do is check with your insurance carrier. Check your coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions:
- Do I have mental health benefits?
- What is my deductible and has it been met?
- How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?
- How much does my plan cover for an out-of-network provider?
- What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
- Is approval required from my primary care physician?
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 number of exceptions to this rule. Exceptions include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependent 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.