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Common Questions

 


Is psychotherapy right for me?
Do I really need psychotherapy?
How can psychotherapy help me?
What is psychotherapy like?
Is medication a substitute for psychotherapy?
Do you accept insurance or Employee Assistance Program coverage?
Is psychotherapy confidential?


 

Is psychotherapy right for me? 

Seeking out counseling is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to counseling. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues, or problems with anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one's life such as a divorce or work transition. Many seek the advice of a licensed psychotherapist as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a counselor can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Psychotherapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, body-image issues, and general life transitions. Counseling is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.

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Do I really need psychotherapy? 

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, counseling is often most successful for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need help, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility for the quality of your life by accepting where you are and making a commitment to change the situation by asking for help. Psychotherapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to realize greater happiness and peace of mind.

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How can psychotherapy help me? 

A number of benefits are available from participating in counseling. A licensed, credentialed, Masters Level psychotherapist (MA, LPC, NCC) can provide highly competent 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. Psychotherapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you toward a solution. The benefits you obtain from counseling depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from counseling 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

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What is psychotherapy like? 

Every session is unique and addresses each individual and their specific goals. It is standard for psychotherapists to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during therapy sessions. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts around fifty minutes. However, clients need to decide which frequency (i.e., weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or some other schedule) is best for them. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. It is important to process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life between sessions. For psychotherapy to be most effective you need to be an active participant, both during and between sessions. People seeking a positive and successful psychotherapeutic experience need to recognize that, ultimately, THEY are responsible for being open to thinking and behaving differently, and learning how that happens.

Here are some things you can expect:

  • Empathy, compassion, respect and understanding
  • Perspectives to illuminate persistent patterns and negative feelings
  • Real strategies for enacting positive change
  • Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance

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Is medication a substitute for psychotherapy? 

In some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what's best for you. It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the root causes of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to good mental health.

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Do you accept insurance or Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Coverage? 

Psychotherapy With An Edge does not accept insurance. This is primarily for confidentiality reasons, as insurance companies require more client treatment disclosure than I feel comfortable with. However, I am an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider with: Mines & Associates, ComPsych, Triad, and Profile EAP. Check with your employer to see if you have EAP coverage, and who your EAP provider is. EAP typically covers the client for 3-5 sessions, though each EAP program may differ in this regard. This is a great way for clients to "try" counseling, see if a therapist might be a good fit, and address concerns at no cost because EAP covers 100% of each session.

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Is psychotherapy confidential? 

In general what you, the client, share with me and what we discuss are absolutely confidential. Both law and ethics protect this vital compact. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client.

However, there are some exceptions required by law & ethics to this rule:
   

 

  • If a client presents an imminent intent to harm self or others (i.e., suicidality or homicidality).
  • If a client discloses personal knowledge of ongoing abuse to someone else--child, elder, or someone under another's care are all common instances.
  • By Court Order/Subpoena signed by a judge/magistrate. Even in this case, the psychotherapist has an ethical duty to maintain confidentiality to the greatest reasonable extent, while abiding by State/Federal laws.

 

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