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, 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 (usually weekly).
It is important to also understand that you will get more results from the treatment if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of the treatment sessions is to help bring what you learn back into your real life, thus integrating your learning into your day-to-day interactions and functioning. Therefore, beyond the work you do during your treatment sessions, it is not unusual for a specialist to suggest some things you can do outside of the sessions 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 treatment are generally ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives, and are willing to take responsibility for the direction their lives are heading.
You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. Working together with you, your medical doctor, and other members of your health care team, together, we can help determine what's best for you. In some cases, a combination of medication and treatment is the right course of action, if needed.
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.
- You might wish to check whether approval or prior authorization may be required from your primary care physician.
Confidentiality is vital to maintaining a 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. Every specialist should provide a written copy of their confidentiality disclosure agreement (a general therapist disclosure is available on the site or can be obtained at the service center). You can expect that what you discuss in our sessions will not be shared with anyone else. This is called “Informed Consent”. Sometimes, however, you may want your information to be shared with someone else on your healthcare team (I.E. your Physician, Social worker, Care Coordinator, Naturopath, Attorney, etc.), but by law, your specialist cannot release this information without first obtaining your written permission. Your privacy is your right and will continue to be my guarantee.
State laws and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality under most conditions. These are described on the enclosed form.