Your Questions About Therapy Answered
How Do I Know If I Need Therapy?
I generally tell people that not everyone needs therapy but anyone can benefit from therapy. So then, how to know if it is right for you? Trust yourself. Often times, we have experienced difficult situations in the past but have been able to manage them successfully up until now; but now the strategies we have used to cope in the past no longer seem to be working. Other times, we have been able to rely on our support systems for guidance and input; however, those in our lives cannot remain objective and therefore finding a non-judgmental and objective third party to share your experience with can hold immense value. Therapy can be of benefit to anyone looking to improve their well-being or to heal from past painful experiences or change dysfunctional habits.
How Long Does Therapy Usually Last?
The time spent in therapy is unique to each person. Some people wanting help with a specific situation or experience may stay for just a few months while others who have more long-terms goals for personal growth or complex concerns may choose to stay longer. Ultimately, you are the one with the power to decide when you would like to start therapy and when you would like to be finished.
What If I Want to Work on Something Not Listed Under Your Specialities?
Even though I have special training and experience in the areas listed, I work with many other issues and therapeutic goals. If for any reason I am not the best therapist to help you with your particular concern, I will help you find a qualified therapist that is equipped for your specific needs.
Is Therapy Really Confidential?
Yes. Therapists are held to both legal and ethical standards regarding communications between the therapist and a client, including the information shared in session. Generally speaking, most people are concerned that a family member, employer, or other third party will learn that they are in therapy and what is being discussed. Absolutely no information can be shared without the client's explicit written permission. That being said, there are a handful of exceptions that are in place for safety; these include:
Any suspected or known abuse of a child or dependent adult, or elder abuse. Therapists are considered mandated reporters which means that a therapist is legally obligated to report this to authorities immediately.
If a client is threatening serious injury to another person, to include active homicidal intent, a therapist is required to notify the police as well as warn the person in danger.
If a client intends to seriously injure or kill himself or herself then the therapist must make efforts to work with the individual to ensure their safety, and in some cases, this may include contacting family or emergency service personnel to protect client.
If you are concerned about or have questions surrounding confidentiality within our sessions, we will spend time addressing these exceptions in our first session and you can ask as many questions as you need to in order to understand how your confidentiality and privacy are maintained.
What If I Have Other Questions Not Addressed Here?
It's common to have questions about the therapeutic process and about the therapist you will be working with - in fact, I encourage you to ask as many questions as you need to feel comfortable. I value honest and direct conversation to ensure we are on the same page moving forward so give me a call and I will address whatever questions you have - you can reach out to me at (719) 679-8012.
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