There are many misconceptions and unknowns about therapy and we think it’s important to first dispel some of the common misunderstandings and fill you in on what therapy actually is.
It’s not easy for people to ask for help, but just because you might need help sometimes doesn’t mean you’re crazy, and it certainly doesn’t mean we think you’re crazy. We believe that anyone who seeks therapy can benefit from it in some way. Many people who seek therapy may be experiencing some discomfort in a new job, or the loss of a relationship, etc., while others may experience major distress due to trauma, the death of a loved one, etc. Either way, everyone has a unique story and reason for seeking help, and any obstacle takes some time and effort to overcome.
Trusting your therapist will be an important part of therapy. In order to get to the stuff that really ails you, you have to be able to feel comfortable with them and feel like you “click.” If this doesn’t happen for you, it’s okay and perfectly understandable. Not every therapist “clicks” with every client. Please let us know if this occurs and we can help you to seek out a different therapist.
We are not here to judge you or to “analyze” you. We are here to try our best to understand you and your situation. We don’t claim to have all of the answers for why you are the way you are or why your life is the way it is, but we may have some insight that we will willingly share with you.
Yes, therapy is about feelings. Therapy is a perfect place for you to express your feelings or learn to express your feelings if you are not used to discussing them. It really is important to use this space to try out new feelings and ways of being as it can help you in your relationships with others outside of therapy. If we cannot voice our hurts, we cannot manage our emotions and our relationships in a healthy way. This includes voicing your feelings about your therapist and the therapy process. If you are angry with your therapist, feel free to voice it, if you are dreading our sessions, tell us. If you quit therapy, you won’t learn how to work through these feelings and you may repeat your same problematic patterns. This is the opportunity for you to change it.
Therapy is not always easy, and it’s not always quick. Change takes time, and sometimes changing is really hard work. Although the process can be difficult, we have never had a client regret the work they’ve put in. We’ll be here for you throughout the process, but we can’t “fix” your problems. We can work together to sort through them, make sense of them, and come up with a plan of action.
Fees for Therapy
Each individual therapy session lasts 55 minutes. We are providers with most insurance companies. We also see clients using their Employee Assistance Program (EAP) sessions. If you have insurance, you may use it to help cover therapy costs if you have mental health coverage. You may still owe a copay, coinsurance, or deductible depending on your plan.