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The Help Center

Frequently Asked Questions

Can therapy help me?

There are always risks and benefits from participating in therapy. These benefits include a space that can provide support, problem solving skills, coping tools for specific symptoms of depression, symptoms of anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, stress management, and overall effective communication skills.

People find that Therapy can support personal growth, professional growth, managing interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues,  and hassles of daily life. Therapy can provide an unbiased perspective on a difficult problem or a concern, and point you in the direction of a solution that is best fit for you!

The benefits you obtain from therapy depends on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. 

What can I do to make therapy effective?

It's 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 bring what you've learned in session back into your life. Beyond the work you do in these therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process: such as, reading a helpful book, journaling on specific topics, noticing 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.

How is therapy more helpful compared to talking to my close friends or family?

While talking to your friends and family can offer a sense of relief and often a short term solution. Therapy provides a safe space to help you maneuver through difficult or challenging situations in life, and provide a long term effective solutions. Therapy is for people who realize they 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 are in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy.

Medication Vs. Psychotherapy?

Therapy addresses the cause of our distress, and the behavior patterns that curb our process. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrated approach to wellness. Working with your medical doctor can help you determine what is best for you, and in some cases a combination of medication and psychotherapy is the right course of action.

What is therapy like?

Therapy is different for every individual. Everyone comes to therapy with a different goal, desire or concern that they wish to address. In general, you can expect to discuss current events happening in your life, opinions, thoughts and solutions 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 long term to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule weekly sessions with your therapist.

Do you take insurance? How does it work?

We do not accept insurance, as our practice is self-pay only. This means clients are responsible for payment for each session. A super-bill can be provided upon request. A super-bill is a document that shows a list of services you received from a healthcare provider. Some insurance companies allow patients to submit a super-bill to your insurance company to receive reimbursement of services. Be sure to contact your insurance company to best understand their policies for obtaining psychotherapy services from an out-of-network provider.

What is the difference between therapy and life coaching?

Therapy and life coaching are two distinct fields that have some overlapping areas, but they also have some key differences. Here are a few key differences between therapy and life coaching:

  • Focus: Therapy tends to focus on addressing psychological and emotional issues, while life coaching focuses on helping people achieve specific goals and make positive changes in their lives.

  • Approach: Therapy typically involves exploring past experiences and emotions, and may involve addressing underlying psychological issues or diagnoses. Life coaching, on the other hand, tends to focus more on the present and future, and is more action-oriented, with a focus on helping clients develop strategies and take steps towards achieving their goals.

  • Setting: Therapy is typically conducted in a one-on-one or group setting while life coaching is typically conducted in a one-on-one setting.

  • Length of engagement: Therapy may involve a longer-term commitment, with sessions occurring weekly or biweekly over an extended period of time. Life coaching may involve a shorter-term commitment, with sessions occurring less frequently and lasting a few months or less.

​​Overall, while therapy and life coaching may have some similarities, they are two distinct fields with different approaches, settings, and goals. It is important to understand the differences between the two and choose the approach that is right for you based on your specific needs and goals.

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