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Common Questions


How can therapy help me?

     Many of my clients discover the valuable benefits from participating in the coaching and psychotherapeutic process.  I can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as, yet not limited to:  Relationship Troubles, Anxiety, Sadness, Unresolved Childhood issues, Grief/Loss, Stress-Management, Self-Esteem issues, and other Self-Improvement issues. 

     Many people seek guidance to manage Personal Growth, Interpersonal Relationships, Family Concerns, Marriage Issues, and the hassles of daily life.  By providing a fresh perspective on a difficult problem, I will guide you towards finding solutions as you gain inner-strength.  The benefits you obtain from my services depend on your efforts to change destructive patterns, your mind-set = negative versus positive self-talk, how much you practice what you learn, and how much you belief in your self-growth. 

    This is a brief list of some of the issues I can assist you:
 
          •    Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek help.
          •    Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals, and values.
          •    Developing skills for improving your relationships.
          •    Improve your outlook on life during and post-divorce. 
          •    Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety.
          •    Managing anger, grief, loss, sadness, stress, and other emotional pressures.
          •    Improving communications and listening skills.
          •    Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones.
          •    Finding goals you want to achieve, setting goals, and motivation you throughout this process.
          •    Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage.
          •    Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence.
          •    Learn ways to co-exist with difficult people in your life.
          •    Medical Diagnosis that impact you and your family in multiple ways.
          •    Work-related stress.


Do I really need Therapy or Coaching?  I can usually handle my problems. 
 
     Many people encounter challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, it’s acceptable to seek extra support when needed.  Having enough self-awareness to realize you need guidance, is an admirable quality, so be proud for taking this step.  By acknowledging where you are at this point in life, and making a commitment to change, you are acquiring responsibility to enhance your life.  Coaching and Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.  You deserve a life of fulfillment; take this opportunity to improve yourself and your relationships. 

Why do people seek help and how do I know if it is right for me?

     People have many different motivations for seeking professional assistance to change their lives and attain goals.   Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well.   Some people need assistance managing a range of other issues such as: - Relationship problems, Spiritual Conflicts, Care-taker issues, Family members experiencing stress with their loved-one in Recovery, and Work-Environment issues.   Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want more effective ways to reach their goals.   When you are ready to meet the challenges in your life, my job will be to provide you with knowledge, understanding, motivation, and skills while encouraging and supporting you through this transitional stage.
 
 
What is the "Therapy and Coaching Process"?
 
     Because each person has different issues and goals, my services will be different for each of my clients.   In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous session.  Depending on your specific needs, therapy or coaching can be short-term, for a specific issue.  Or the process of growth can take a longer time, because you are letting-go of difficult patterns that have obstructed the prosperity that you seek.  Usually, we schedule regular sessions - starting with weekly sessions in the beginning and then spread the sessions out to twice a month as you see the progress you've made. 
 
     It is important to understand that you will get more results if you actively participate in this process.   My purpose is to help enhance what you learn in session so that you can practice the techniques in your every-day life.   Therefore, beyond the work you do in our sessions, I may suggest some things you can do to support your progress - such as reading a pertinent book or article, use your creative strengths to come-up with new ideas, journaling on specific topics, watching videos from other professionals, noting particular repetitive behaviors, or taking action towards your goals.  People seeking my services are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives, and take responsibility for the changes they want to accomplish in their lives.  

 
What about medication vs. psychotherapy? 
 
     It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication.  Instead of just treating the symptom, talk-therapy and coaching addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb your progress.  You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness.   Working with your medical doctor and/or psychiatrist collaboratively, we can determine what's best for you, and in some cases a combination of medication and talk-therapy might be the best course of action.
 
 
Do you take insurance, and how does that work?
 
     To determine if you have mental health coverage through your insurance carrier, the first thing you should do is call them.   Check your coverage carefully and make sure you understand their answers.  Some helpful questions you can ask them:
 
          •    What are my mental health benefits?
          •    What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
          •    How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
          •    How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
          •    Is approval required from my primary care physician?
          •    Will Couples’ Coaching be covered under my plan?
 


Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
 
     Confidentiality is one of the most important components I adhere to.  Successful outcomes require a high degree of trust because of the sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere or with many people in your life.  I provide a written copy, to be signed by us all, of my Confidentiality Disclosure Agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in our session will not be shared with anyone.   This is called “Informed Consent”.   Sometimes, however, you may want me to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, Naturopath, Attorney, etc.), yet, by law I cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.  I will provide a “Signed Release of Information” form for us all to sign that will allow me to contact anyone on your healthcare team, providing you also sign their form. 
 
     ***However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:
          * Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
          * If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threatened to harm another person.



        ***Any other questions can be addressed prior to our first session, so please call so we can discuss these important issues.  Confidentiality cannot be guaranteed when we correspond by text or by email. 






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