I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some strengths that you’ve used before, that for whatever reason isn’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, I’ll help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
The difference is between someone who listen and have an opinion, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is treat the symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals.
Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other for a session a week. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.
Do you take insurance?
I am an Aetna, Anthem BC/BS and United Health Care (UHC) provider at this time. If you have other private insurance, I will be able to give you a bill called a Super Bill which you can submit to your insurance for an Out of Network provider and you may be reimbursed for some of your counseling bill. I am not a Medicaid or Medicare provider.
Do you see people in your office or by video?
I see people in the office at this time, using Covid-19 screening questions and requiring masks in the common areas of the building. My office is large enough to maintain social distancing when appropriate. You will be asked to text when you arrive and I will escort you into the office and through the Waiting Room which is not in use at this time. Some decide to be seen in a combination of in-office and video.
I also see people via video who live in the State of Indiana, using Google Meets, which is a secure site and is HIPAA compliant for therapy sessions. When we set up your appointment you can let me know which venue you prefer. If you are using video as your preferred option, you will need to have a private, quiet and distraction free area for your sessions. I will send you a video link that you can access on your phone, tablet, or computer.