How do I choose a therapist who is qualified and right for me?

We offer free initial phone consultations.  Call the therapist of your choosing and talk with them for a ten to fifteen minutes. Inquire as to whether they work with your age group and types of concerns or problems.  We recommend you find a therapist with at least five years of practice after completing doctorate or a master's degree in mental health therapy.  Finally, describe your problem and ask whether the therapist feels he or she can help. When making your final decision, ask yourself whether the therapist seemed to listen carefully and respond in a clear and helpful way to your questions and concerns.  We strongly suggest using our initial consultation to establish a good fit before making an appointment.  If a therapist at any clinic does not make themselves available to speak with by phone, we suggest you will be better served to find another therapist.

 

How often will I be seen?

Typically, we see our clients once per week for at least two months in order to assess the problems and issues involved, develop a treatment plan with you and begin implementing that plan. After eight weeks, it is common to continue meeting weekly or shift to every other week, depending upon your needs. Over time and with progress, many clients will meet with their therapist every three or four weeks until all goals have been met.

 

How long are sessions?

45-50 minutes each.

 

How long does therapy last?

Therapy that is problem-focused and limited in scope may last three to four months in duration. Therapy that is comprehensive and involving many complex problems may last one or two years. Each client’s situation is highly unique. Our goal is to help you attain your goals in the most expeditious manner possible without “hurrying” the process.

 

Is this service confidential?

Your meetings are completely confidential unless you authorize us to provide specific information to others. There are a few legal exceptions to this policy, which your therapist will explain during your first meeting.

 

Can more than one therapy approach be used with a client?

Yes, depending upon the goals and history of each client. For example, cognitive-behavioral approaches may be used initially to reduce symptoms and address current life situations. Psycho-dynamic or interpersonal approaches may then be used to examine and transform certain dysfunctional patterns or long-term relationship problems that seem to have underlying causes. Brainspotting and somatic processing maybe used to lower strong emotional reactivity or break an addiction.  Of course, the level and extent of therapy is guided by the particular needs and desires of each client.

 

Will I need medication?

Medication is rarely recommended for people with mild symptoms. Medication is often discussed as an option when a person is experiencing moderate symptoms. It is usually recommended when a person is having severe symptoms that inhibit their daily functioning. Research has consistently found that people with moderate to severe symptoms typically improve the most when both medication and psychotherapy are utilized together. We also recognize that people differ greatly in their feelings and philosophies about medication use and strive to create an open dialogue in discussing the possible desire for medication.

 

Who will prescribe my medication if I need it?

Our psychiatrist, when warranted, will evaluate and provide medication recommendations as needed.