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Common Questions


How can therapy help me?
 
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
 
 
 
Do I really need therapy?  I can usually handle my problems.  
  
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. 


Why do people go to therapy and how do I know if it is right for me?

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. 
 
  
What is therapy like?
 
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.   

 
How is online therapy conducted? 

The group sessions and classes are conducted via a secure video platform. The individul sessions and the evaluation consultation are offered via that same platform or by telephone. The evaluation results and summary report can also be emailed to the client, if preferred.
 
 
Why should I try online therapy over traditional face-to-face therapy? 


Individuals turn to online therapy for many reasons. I have listed a few below.

   The convenience of being able to engage in therapy from your home or whatever location you choose.

   It removes the travel obstacles for those who are homebound, living in remote areas, without childcare, or simply no means of  transportation.

   Privacy. Some individuals want help but for various reasons do not want to be seen visiting a therapist.

   No travel time for the client and many therapist will hold sessions at unconventional times do to the freedom of place.

 

Is online therapy as effective as traditional face-to-face therapy?

Yes. Studies have found that online therapy can be just as effective as traditional therapy when conducted by a competent therapist.

 
Do you take insurance, and how does that work?

I do not accept insurance but you can pay with your credit or debit card using Stripe via our secure site.


Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
 

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 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 threated to harm another person.