Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. What is therapy or counseling?
  2. How can therapy help me?
  3. Do I really need therapy?  I can usually handle my problems.
  4. Why do people go to therapy and how do I know if it is right for me?
  5. What is therapy like?
  6. What about medication vs. psychotherapy? 
  7. Do you take insurance?
  8. What Forms of Payment are Accepted?
  9. What is Your Cancellation Policy?
  10. What is mind-body-spirit interaction?
  11. Will you communicate with my other doctors?
  12. Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
     

An approach used by a trained professional for the treatment of various life stressors and emotional concerns. Counseling is:
  • A safe, non- judgmental, supportive, creative time where you can be yourself,
  • Understanding innate and environmental factors that keep you from your goals, healthy relationships, and optimal well being,
  • Finding healthy alternatives to coping with life’s stressors and dissatisfactions.

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A number of benefits are available from participating in therapy. Therapists can provide 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. 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 from therapy include:
  
  • Use of mind-body-spirit education and practices for better health
  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships
  • Better parenting skills
  • 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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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 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. 

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Why do people go to therapy and how do I know if it is right for me?

People have many different motivations for coming to psychotherapy.   Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well.  Some people need assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts and creative blocks.  Therapy can help provide some much needed encouragement and help with skills to get them through these periods.  Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life.   In short, people seeking psychotherapy are ready to meet the challenges in their lives and ready to make changes in their lives. 

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Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual.  In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session.  Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development.  Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly).

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It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process.  The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life.  Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, 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 are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.   

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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 cause 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 wellness.  Working with your medical doctor you can determine what's best for you, and in some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. 

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Godsend Psychological Services PLLC is not aligned with any health insurance company. However, many health insurance plans will reimburse
for some out of network counseling/psychotherapy fees. You will receive receipts for your sessions which can be submitted for out-of-network reimbursement or flexible spending account, if you are eligible.

Fees and rates are based on time and types of services provided.

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What Forms of Payment are Accepted?
We accept cash, checks or credit card at the time services are rendered.

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What is Your Cancellation Policy?
If you do not show up for your scheduled therapy appointment, and you have not notified me at least 24 hours in advance, you will be required to pay the full cost of the session.

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What is mind-body-spirit interaction?

These three elements make our whole and interact with one another to foster health or disease.

MIND
Mind deals with thoughts, attitudes, belief systems. Thoughts can manifest in our physical bodies in the form of health or disease. Negative thoughts and emotions foster stress and play a role in heart disease, cancer, chronic pain, immune system suppression. Positive thoughts foster healing.
SPIRIT
Spirit deals with meaning and purpose in life, resentments, forgiveness, wisdom, peace, developing our spiritual relationship with the divine, God. Meditation and prayer and relationship with God can create health.
BODY
Deals with our organs, hormones, body chemistry, nutrition. Physical illness can affect one’s emotional and spiritual health and vice versa.

Some types of counseling focus on the mind only and some incorporate mind and body interactions to good effect. We are all products of mind-body-spirit interactions. At Godsend we work from the perspective that helping clients be mindful of how these three elements are interacting to affect their health and how they can bring them into balance helps clients reach their goals and live healthier, resilient, vibrant lives.

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Will you communicate with my other doctors?
At Godsend we seek to provide the best care for clients, which at times means coordinating care with other providers in your life. We will collaborate with other doctors, as needed and with your consent, to provide continuity of care.
 

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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 but the therapist's office.   Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone.  This is called “Informed Consent”.  Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, Naturopath, nutritionist), but by law your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.
 
However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:
 
 Confidentiality & Privacy Policy :
The law protects the relationship between a client and a psychologist, and information cannot be disclosed without written permission.
Exceptions include:
• Suspected child abuse/neglect for which a psychologist is required by law to report to the appropriate authorities immediately.
• If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, I must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
• If a client intends to harm himself or herself, I will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in insuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, I will take further measures without their permission that are provided by law in order to ensure their safety.

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