How can therapy help me?
A number of benefits are available from participating in therapy.
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 communication 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
Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem and 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.
Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my own problems.
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life. 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? How do I know if it is right for me?
People have many different motivations for coming to psychotherapy
May be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.)
Are not skilled at handling stressful circumstances well on their own
Need assistance managing a range of issues like low self-esteem, anxiety, addiction, relationship problems, and more
Want to learn more about themselves or be more effective with their life goals
Therapy can provide support and offer several effective skills to get anyone through these periods of life.
What are the benefits of Telehealth?
Thanks to today's technology, we're able to offer video therapy. This is very beneficial to on-the-job people with swing shifts/sets and tours that change continually. We can accommodate your rotation via Telehealth, no matter where you are in New York. We offer all the same services as if you were here with us in the office. We even offer specialized groups with a program that allows you to share your experiences with others in your field; whether Military/LEO/First responders. The video chat room is run by a therapist who has the same or similar background experiences.
Telehealth can accommodate anyone, anywhere regardless of situation. No more missed sessions due to weather or health issues - we can switch your in office visit to Telehealth in seconds. In addition to our office services, most insurance providers cover Telehealth.
What is therapy like?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will differ for each person. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and progress/insight from the previous therapy sessions. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or long-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or more personal development. It is most common to schedule weekly sessions with your therapist.
It is important to understand that therapy will be more effective if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you apply what you learn in-session into your life. Therefore, 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 must be ready to take responsibility and make positive changes in their lives.
How long should I expect to be in therapy?
Lengths of therapy can range between 12 and 52 weeks. Meeting with your therapist weekly for 45 minutes and applying coping mechanisms to your situation takes practice, insight and repetition. If you see your therapist for 12 weeks essentially that equates to 9 hours in the office. 52 weeks of therapy equates to 39 hours, essentially one full time work week. It has taken a long time to develop the behavioral patterns and thought processes you have. Sometimes years of training in the PD/Corrections/Military ingrain some of the issues that are affecting your personal life. 9 hours over 12 weeks in therapy is expected in the beginning so we can fully evaluate what's happening, how easily you can facilitate change, and how everyone around you reacts to those changes. Therapy is not a quick fix but a permanent change that will last throughout your life.
What about medication vs. psychotherapy?
It's well established that the long-term solution to mental/emotional problems cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavioral patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. In some cases, a combination of medication and therapy is the best course of action. Working with your medical doctor can determine exactly what's best for you.
Do you take insurance and how does that work?
To determine if you have mental health coverage, the first thing you should do is call your insurance carrier. Check your coverage carefully and make sure you understand their answers. Here are 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?
Does what I 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 else. Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, stating that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent”. You may want your therapist to share some information with someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, Naturopath, Attorney). However, by law, your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written consent.
State law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality EXCEPT for the following situations:
Suspected past or present abuse/neglect of children, adults, and/or elders
If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming themselves
If the client has threatened to harm another person
As mandated reporters, therapists are required to disclose the above three circumstances to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.