A number of benefits are available from participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
- Developing skills for improving your relationships
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
- Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
- Improving communications and listening skills
- Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
- Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
- 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, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you're at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. 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.
People have many different motivations for coming to psychotherapy. 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 low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts and creative blocks. Therapy can help provide some much needed encouragement and help with skills to get them through these periods. Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life. In short, people seeking psychotherapy are ready to meet the challenges in their lives and ready to make changes in their lives.
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. 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 therapy session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly).
It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life. Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process - such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals. People seeking psychotherapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.
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, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our 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 you can determine what's best for you, and in some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action.
Do you take insurance, and how does that work?
Currently, I participate with the following insurance companies:
CDPHP, MVP, TricareCigna, Additional Network Benefit Plan/W500 Directory, Choice Advanced, Choice Plus Advanced (HMO), Choice Plus Plan with HSA, Compass Rose Health Plan FEHP FFS (PPO), Core POS, Doctors Plan HMO / Doctors Plan Plus HMO, Doctors Plan Plus (HMO), Heritage Choice, Heritage Choice Standard, Heritage Plus, Heritage Premier, Heritage Select Advantage, Heritage Select EPO, Heritage Select POS, Navigate EPO, Navigate Plus PPO, OCI HMO, OCI Preferred POS
United Behavioral Health, UnitedHealthcare Choice, UnitedHealthcare Choice HMO/Choice Plus HMO, UnitedHealthcare Choice Plus, UnitedHealthcare Core, UnitedHealthcare Multi-Choice, UnitedHealthcare Navigate, UnitedHealthcare Navigate Plus, UnitedHealthcare Navigate/Navigate Balanced, UnitedHealthcare Options Non-Differential PPO, UnitedHealthcare Options PPO, UnitedHealthcare Passport Connect Choice, UnitedHealthcare Passport Connect Choice Plus, UnitedHealthcare Passport Connect Options PPO, UnitedHealthcare PPO (Choice Plus), UnitedHealthcare Select EPO, UnitedHealthcare Select HMO, UnitedHealthcare Select Plus HMO, UnitedHealthcare Select Plus POS, UnitedHealthcare Select Plus PPO, W500 Emergent Wrap
Alternative Medicine, Freedom Plan (POS), Freedom Plan Access, Freedom Plan Classic, Freedom Plan Direct, Freedom Plan HSA Direct, Freedom Plan Laurel, Freedom Plan Laurel Select, Freedom Plan Metro, Freedom Plan Metro Access, Freedom Plan PPO, Freedom Plan Select, Freedom Plan Value Option, Healthy New York (HMO), HMO (Freedom Network), HMO (Liberty Network), HMO Select (Freedom Network), HMO Select (Liberty Network), Liberty Plan, Liberty Plan Access, Liberty Plan Classic, Liberty Plan Direct, Liberty Plan EPO, Liberty Plan Metro, Liberty Plan Metro Access, Liberty Plan PPO, Liberty Plan Select
Navigate Oxford Plan, Oxford Ease (Freedom Network), Oxford Ease (Liberty Network), Oxford EPO (Freedom Network/Liberty Network), Oxford EPO (Metro Network), Oxford EPO HSA (Freedom Network/ Liberty Network), Oxford EPO HSA (Metro Network), Oxford Exclusive Plan, Oxford Exclusive Plan Metro, Oxford Exclusive Plan Metro (Freedom Network) (EPO), Oxford Exclusive Plan Metro (Liberty Network) (EPO), Oxford Metro Network, Oxford PPO HSA (Freedom Network/Liberty Network), Oxford USA, POS Flex (Freedom Network - Non-Gated), POS Flex (Liberty Network - Gated), POS Flex (Liberty Network - Non-Gated), Primary Advantage (Liberty Network), Select Plan EPO HSA (Liberty Network), Additional Network Benefit Plan/W500 Directory, Choice Advanced, Choice Plus Advanced (HMO), Choice Plus Plan with HSA, Compass Rose Health Plan FEHP FFS (PPO), Core POS, Doctors Plan HMO / Doctors Plan Plus HMO, Doctors Plan Plus (HMO), Heritage Choice, Heritage Choice Standard, Heritage Plus, Heritage Premier, Heritage Select Advantage, Heritage Select EPO, Heritage Select POS, Navigate EPO, Navigate Plus PPO, OCI HMO, OCI Preferred POS
Oscar Health – Optum, Classic Gold, Classic Platinum, Classic Silver, Market Bronze, Market Gold, Market Platinum, Market Secure, Market Silver, Oscar Bronze (EPO), Oscar Circle Gold $2000, Oscar Circle Platinum $0 Option 1, Oscar Circle Plus Bronze $4000, Oscar Circle Plus Bronze $6650 HSA, Oscar Circle Plus Bronze $7900, Oscar Circle Plus Gold $0, Oscar Circle Plus Gold $1500, Oscar Circle Plus Gold $2000, Oscar Circle Plus Gold $5000, Oscar Circle Plus Gold $750, Oscar Circle Plus Platinum $0, Oscar Circle Plus Silver $0, Oscar Circle Plus Silver $2700, Oscar Circle Plus Silver $3000 HSA, Oscar Circle Plus Silver $3500, Oscar Circle Plus Silver $4500, Oscar Circle Plus Silver $7900, Oscar Circle Silver $3000 HSA Plan, Oscar Classic Gold Option 1, Oscar Classic Gold Option 2, Oscar Classic Silver CSR 150, Oscar Classic Silver CSR 200, Oscar Classic Silver CSR 250, Oscar Classic Silver Off-Ex Only, Oscar Gold $2400, Oscar Gold (EPO), Oscar Platinum (EPO), Oscar Saver Bronze, Oscar Saver Gold, Oscar Saver Silver, Oscar Saver Silver CSR 150, Oscar Saver Silver CSR 200, Oscar Saver Silver CSR 250, Oscar Silver (EPO), Oscar Silver PPO, Oscar Simple Silver CSR 150, Oscar Simple Silver CSR 200, Oscar Simple Silver CSR 250, , Oscar: Circle Platinum $0 Option 2 Plan, Oscar: Circle Silver $3000 Option 1 Plan, Silver Ded (Off Exchange), Silver HDHP (Off Exchange), Simple Bronze, Simple Gold, Simple Platinum, Simple Secure Plan (EPO), Simple Silver, Simple+ Gold, Simple+ Platinum, Simple+ Silver
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?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist's office. Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent”. Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, Naturopath, Attorney), but by law your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.
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 requires therapists to report 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.