How Can Treatment Sessions Help Me?
There are a number of health benefits available to those who choose to participate in sessions
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals, and values
- Developing skills for improving your relationships with yourself and others
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek treatment
- Learning new ways to cope with challenging situations
- Improving communication and listening skills
- Discovering new ways to solve "problems" and generate solutions
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, independently, there's nothing wrong with seeking out a little extra support and help when you need it. In fact, sessions are for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they do possess a need for support in the first place, which is truly something to be admired. You are taking responsibility and embarking upon the first step to "recovery", recognition that a problem even exists. By accepting where you are in life and making a commitment to change what you can about a situation, you are moving towards education, growth, and development. Treatment provides long-lasting benefits and support when the tools you will learn, acquire, and practice are applied consistently in and out of the treatment sessions.
People have many different motivations for coming to receive treatment. Some people may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, death in the family, death of a close friend, other life changing events, etc.), while still others may simply be struggling to cope with a time limited set of stressful circumstances. Whatever the case may be, treatment can help provide some much needed encouragement and support and the relief you may be seeking. Clients are able to learn new skills necessary to overcome obstacles and navigate through these difficult periods and challenging situations.
Because each person faces different issues and challenging situations, the treatment path may look differently for each individual, depending on the individual and the person's interests and needs, as well as goals. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to any issues you may believe you are experiencing, and to report progress (or any new insights gained) since the time of your last treatment session. Depending on your specific needs, treatment can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to help cope with more difficult situations or your desire for more personal growth and development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your specialist based on what is needed/ preferred. I do not believe in forcing services unless your conduct is a danger to yourself or others. I have made many referrals concerning the conduct of individuals who following a careful assessment, do end up needing changes in their current "placements."
It is important to also understand that you will get more results from the treatment you opt to receive if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of our sessions together is to help bring what you learn back into your real life, thus integrating your learning into your day-to-day interactions with others, yourself, and the world around you. Change can be hard for some. It is important to remember that while others may have difficulties coping with decisions you choose to make, it is important to have compassion for their experiences, yet to remember to still stay focused on your life, so you can find and follow your own path in life. Therefore, beyond the work you do during our sessions, it would not be unusual for me to suggest some things you can also do to help supplement, extend, and reinforce the progress you are making outside of the sessions so as to continue to help support your process - and progress- such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors, or taking action towards your goals. People seeking help and support are generally ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives, and are willing to take personal responsibility for the direction their lives are heading. Learning how to set boundaries and maintain them with others is absolutely essential to maintaining your own mental and behavioral health, as well as your physical and spiritual health and wellness. It can also help maintain your financial health and wellness, too.
You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being using integrative approaches. It is important to remain the driver in all aspects of your health care. Health care professionals can make recommendations. We do not usually force our patients or clients to receive treatment, particularly when it is not needed. In addition, all patients are able to say no to treatment, opt out of treatment, and are able to withdraw from treatment at any time. Their consent is necessary to proceed with any form of treatment as well. With children, it is especially important to become an empowered parent who ensures their children also have not only privacy protections in place but so that you can be their voice and/or include others who can speak on their behalf if they are not able to do so. At 14, all children have a right to help drive their own education planning and development as well as their own health care, including mental and behavioral health care. Working together with you, your medical doctor, and other members of your health care team, or other professionals, family members, or others who may be involved, for any reason, with your consent, together, we can help determine what's best for you. In some cases, a combination of medication and treatment or other approaches is the right course of action to take. I am not against most approaches so long as there is reliable data to support them and their effects are evaluated on the individual with whom has consented to the treatment. Following a careful assessment and evaluation with a properly trained professional, of course it remains your right to refuse this treatment. This does not mean you or others are not immune to the effects of your decision to refuse this treatment. We have worked with many properly trained, licensed, and certified professionals over the years who specialize in med-management only. I am always happy to refer clients to alternate, designated contacts, providers, or groups, depending on the needs.
Do you take insurance, and how does that work?
- Private Pay/ Self- Pay Options are available.
- If you are looking to receive reimbursement through your insurance/ managed health care company, questions like, How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider, might be helpful to pose to your insurance company, directly. Usually your care coordinator or social worker can also help you work with your insurance company to receive reimbursement for medically necessary services, if you choose to move in this direction. I can help explain the pros and the cons with moving in this direction at the time of your intake appointment.
- You might wish to check whether approval or prior authorization may also be required from your primary care physician.
Finally, Confidentiality is vital to maintaining any healthy client-clinician relationship. Successful treatment requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive information that is usually not discussed anywhere but the clinician's office since this can jeopardize not only rapport but other aspects of the therapeutic process. Every specialist should also provide a written copy of their confidentiality disclosure agreement and statement at the time of an intake appointment (a general therapist disclosure is available on the site or can be obtained at the Service Center). You can usually expect that what you discuss in our sessions will not be shared with anyone else without you consenting and being fully aware/ without your permission. At the present time, I am continuing to be monitored still against my own wishes, let alone with my consent. I have shared this information as many places as I can. Out of respect for my own work, other professionals who have also worked as hard as I have to protect their clients and their work, and for my clients, I am continuing to only maintain very limited office hours and operations at the present time and continue to be even more limited in terms of the scope of those services I am currently able to provide for a number of reasons, including business interruption and the aforementioned. I am very against sharing information that is not something you would choose to share, let alone monitoring, in any form, without consent. I also helped write the codes on privacy protections, in a court of law, and in accordance with some of the boards who are to govern the professional practices of licensed and certified professionals in their respective discipline areas.
The process of obtaining “Informed Consent” is not something I take lightly. Any participant, whether in sessions, research, or in any other area I formerly practiced, always has the right to withdraw at any time without fear of prejudice, retaliation, harassment, discrimination, abuse, in any form, or judgement.
There may be times you may want your information to be shared with someone else on your healthcare team or another professional, group, family member, friend, entity, (I.E. your Physician, Social worker, Care Coordinator, Naturopath, Attorney, Sister, Spouse, government agency, official, organization, company, etc.), but by law, your specialist cannot release this information without first obtaining your written permission and consent. Your privacy is your right and will continue to be my guarantee.
State laws and professional ethics require mental-behavioral health professionals to maintain confidentiality under most conditions. These are described on the enclosed form.