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FAQ's on Therapy

Q: Is therapy confidential?

A: In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client.

However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:

 Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.

 If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the police.

 If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional safety measures may need to be taken.

Q: How do I know if the Therapist is right for me?

A: A therapist should be professional, trustworthy, empathetic, non-judgmental, and easy to communicate with. It is crucial for you to feel safe and comfortable with the therapist you choose, along with the importance of feeling understood. The quality of the relationship, the response you receive, and the comfort offered will be the best indicators to you in determining if the therapist is a right fit for you.

Q: Do I Need Therapy?

A: If you are considering therapy, trust your instinct. Indications that you will benefit from psychotherapy include:

 Motivation to change from a “stuck,” dissatisfied life and need for self-growth

 A sudden change in life circumstances, such as loss of a loved one, divorce, depression  or difficulty in navigating through a major life transition

 Unresolved abuse or trauma, from the past or in the present

 A need for unbiased support outside your regular family/friends circle

 If you are experiencing an addiction, eating disorder, financial struggles, or relationship difficulties.

 You desire a reliable and objective point of view to help you make a major life decision.

Q: Does Therapy Help?

A: Investing time in psychotherapy can be very beneficial. Therapy benefits can include:

 Treating depression and anxiety

 Overcoming fears and insecurities

 Coping in a healthy way with stress, and feeling more self-secure

 Healing past traumatic experiences

 Establishing stable, healthy boundaries for yourself

 Enhancing the overall quality of your life

Q: What Is Therapy Like?

A: Every individual therapy session is unique as it is geared towards specific treatment goals. A typical session covers the primary problematic issues in an individual’s life while utilizing different treatment methods to overcome them. Therapy sessions range from short-term to long term depending on how complex the issue is and the personal growth attained. For therapy to be effective, the individual must be an active participant, during and in between sessions. Often therapists will give homework and/or reading books that relate to the client’s issue between sessions to keep the client more invested in his/her’s personal therapy experience.

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Treatment specialization includes: Eating Disorders; Trauma in Teens as well as Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual, Physical, Emotional/Verbal Abuse; Depression and Anxiety; EMDR Therapy; PTSD; Adoption Related Issues; Phobias; Self Injury; Teen Issues; Grief & Loss; Attachment issues; Domestic Violence; Stress Management; Drug/Alcohol Addiction