THERAPY Q & A

Why do people come to therapy?
What are the benefits of therapy?
Is insurance accepted?
Is psychotherapy confidential?
When is couples/family therapy indicated?
What can be expected from a therapy session?

Why do people come to therapy?

People come to therapy for a myriad of reasons. Some are looking for an alternative response to unexpected changes in their lives, while others seek self-exploration, insight and personal growth. Therapy can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping for issues such as depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship issues, unresolved childhood issues, bereavement, spiritual conflicts, infertility, stress management, body image issues, postpartum adjustment and creative blocks. People seeking psychotherapy show a willingness to create greater awareness in their lives, take responsibility for their actions and thoughts and also work towards positive change and self-acceptance.

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What are the benefits of therapy?

Therapy provides a non-judging space for an individual to explore the sensations, thoughts, beliefs and feelings that arise in life. It can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem, normalize worrisome experiences; alleviating a feeling of isolation and open the space needed for solutions to surface. The benefits obtained from therapy depend on individual use of the process, the connection between client and therapist and the implementation of skills and insights into the rest of one’s life. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:

  • A feeling of connection to others; less isolation
  • Increased self-awareness and self-confidence
  • Richer relationships
  • Body awareness
  • Acquiring concrete skills to better manage: stress, depression and anxiety
  • Improved communications skills
  • More effective problem solving tools
  • Clarity in how to resolve old patterns

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Is insurance accepted?

Janelle accepts several kinds of insurance. Before an initial appointment, it is helpful to check one’s insurance coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions:

  • Do I have mental health benefits?
  • What is my deductible and has it been met?
  • How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?
  • How much does my plan cover for an out-of-network provider?
  • What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
  • Is approval required from my primary care physician?

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Is psychotherapy confidential?

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a psychotherapist. Information is not disclosed without written permission. However, there are number of exceptions to this rule. Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s. The therapist must notify the police and inform the intended victim.

If a client intends to harm himself or herself, the therapist will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in insuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, further measures may be taken without their permission in order to ensure their safety.

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When is couples/family therapy indicated?

In addition to individual psychotherapy, Janelle offers support for couples and families. In general, couples and family counseling is indicated when two or more people agree that the attention and insight of a compassionate yet objective “outsider” to the relationship might be of help. Couples     therapy and family therapy are best thought of as shared spaces for people     to talk comfortably and safely about what is and is not working, address the wounds their relationship has sustained, and learn better, more productive ways to be in relationship to one another. What unfolds in the shared space of couples therapy and family therapy is largely a product of both the therapeutic relationship and the particular concerns that are bringing people in for support.

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What can be expected from a therapy session?

There are as many different types of therapy as there are client/therapist dyads; making each session unique, however, always in service to the clients greatest benefit. During 50 minute sessions an individual is encouraged to express the primary concerns and issues that are arising in the moment. Occasionally, if needed, longer sessions are scheduled. Janelle normally meets with clients on a weekly basis, this gives the process a continuous presence in the flow of one’s life; while also making room for space and integration. Once the initial (often acute) phase of therapy is resolved some people prefer twice weekly, twice monthly or any time frame that feels appropriate to the process. During the time between sessions, it is beneficial to think about and process what was discussed. Janelle may suggest that you engage in certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as: journaling, body awareness, dream recording or reading a relevant book. For therapy to “work,” the individual is an active participant, both in and outside of the therapy sessions.

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