Commonly Asked Questions

 

Is therapy right for me?

There are many reasons why people come to therapy.  Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing issues.  Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one's life such as a divorce or a work transition.  Many seek the services of a counselor as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth.  Working with a therapist can help provide you with insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges.  Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of life by taking responsibility in creating greater self-awareness, and working toward improving the quality of their life and their relationships.

 


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 make change.  Therapy can provide long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to change unhealthy patterns and to feel less overwhelmed by whatever challenges life brings you.

 


How can therapy help me?

Psychotherapy can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, childhood issues, grief, stress management, and creative blocks.  Many people also find that working with a counselor can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marital 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 include:

 

  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and your values

  • Developing skills for improving your relationships

  • 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 healthier new ones

  • Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage

  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence

  • Finding ways to move forward through life's challenges

 


What is therapy like? 

Every therapy session is unique to each individual and his or her specific goals.  Therapists will focus on the issues and concerns that brought you to therapy.  Sessions are usually scheduled weekly and last about fifty minutes.  As therapy progresses it is common to schedule sessions less often.  Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth.  For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions.  People seeking psychotherapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and greater self- awareness.  Here are some things you can expect from the experience:

 

  • Compassion, respect and understanding

  • Perspectives to illuminate persistent patterns and  feelings

  • Real strategies for enacting positive change

  • Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance

 


Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?

To determine if you have mental health coverage, the first thing you should do is check with your insurance carrier.  Rona is an out-of-network provider. Check your coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions:

 

  • What are my mental health benefits?

  • Do I have out-of-network mental health/behavioral health benefits?

  • Do I have coverage for out-of-network individual and/or family therapy?