Counseling may feel like a risk. You may be wondering, Is it worth my time and money? How will it feel to talk to a stranger about such sensitive topics? Many clients share your hesitation at first but soon find they look forward to weekly appointments. Are you wrestling with any of the following questions?
A common misconception is that therapy is reserved for those who are weak or flawed. On the contrary, the modern counseling movement grew out of a wellness mindset. Counseling is for those who feel stuck and want more out of life. Going to counseling means you accept that we all need the help and support of others. It is also a declaration of your resolve to understand yourself more fully so you can make better decisions. Couples who seek counseling are essentially saying, we want to find each other; we’re tired of the distance.
Rate of change varies with each client or couple. Though you may notice a positive difference after a few sessions, lasting change may take longer, depending on your commitment level, past experiences, circumstances, personality, and individual strengths.
Social support is a part of overall well being, so it’s wonderful to have trusted friends or family members in whom you can confide. However, the counseling relationship is different. I’ve been trained to track emotion and understand the human experience. Through open-ended questions, I’ll guide you to new insight. The therapeutic process empowers you to change; it’s more than just venting or seeking advice.
Consistency is key. Change doesn’t just happen in our weekly session; you must pursue change every day. I will, at times, recommend reading to develop your insight or assign homework to challenge your habitual patterns. Journaling is always encouraged, and I like to remind clients of the importance of self-care, like healthy sleep habits, joyful movement, proper hydration, sunlight/nature, and regular meals.
Because insurance companies require therapists to make a mental health diagnosis for reimbursement and dictate clinical decisions, such as length and frequency of treatment, I do not accept insurance. I find private pay ensures the flexibility and privacy that is in the best interest of my clients.
I am, however, happy to provide you with a super bill, which is basically a receipt you to show your insurance to be paid back for the session. The amount they pay you back depends on your plan. Contact your insurance for details on their process, including how to submit a super-bill for reimbursement.
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