Your Questions About Therapy Answered
How Do I Know If I Need Therapy?
Trust yourself. Often times, we have experienced difficult situations in the past but have been able to manage them successfully up until now; 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 support persons 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, to heal from past painful experiences, or change dysfunctional patterns.
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 are invested in long-term personal growth or have complex concerns may choose to stay longer. As with the rest of our therapy, determining when to end therapy is discussed collaboratively. Ultimately, though, you are the one with the power to decide when you would like to start and end therapy.
Do You Accept Insurance?
I do not work with any insurance companies, including Medicaid. For those wishing to use Out-of-Network benefits, under certain circumstances I am able to provide an invoice for services to you that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement should you choose to do so. However, please note that if you are on Medicaid, Colorado does not allow you to pay for services out-of-pocket so you will need to find a therapist paneled with Medicaid for your therapy needs.
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 effectively work with many other issues and therapeutic goals. If after we meet, 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 fully 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 in our work together, so give me a call and I will address whatever questions you have. You can reach out to me by phone at (719) 679-8012, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by using the Contact Form of this site.