This is a great question. Anyone can benefit from therapy if they have a desire to learn about themselves and to develop emotionally. Some people however have highly stressful lives, suffer from past or current abuse, had poor role models for healthy relationships or using coping skills, or do not have friends and family they feel comfortable talking to or asking for help. That is where therapy can be extra helpful, in having assistance while navigating those extra little hurdles in life. One of the best parts about life is there is always more to know and we are constantly changing and growing. Therapy is a catalyst for that process no matter what stage of growth you are in.
No problem! Therapy is not for everyone. You can come and give it a try and if it still doesn’t feel right for you after a few sessions call it quits. No judgment!
Despite what the name Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) implies, an MFT can see anyone as long as they are operating within their scope of practice. For MFT’s their scope of practice consists of working with relationships and that can include a relationship with a partner, a friend, family member or yourself!
Medication can be very helpful in dealing with depression and anxiety, so short answer is yes. It is your choice to find out what works for you. Evidence has shown that the combination of medication and therapy prove the most effective in alleviating symptoms. Often, medication can mask the underlying cause. Therapy is the process whereby you can discover the root cause and work toward eliminating the problem and not just the symptom.
No, only as long as you want. Normally a client will start with weekly sessions, step-down to bi-monthly, then monthly, then have what I call “tune ups” or sessions for when things may get a little hectic again. Some clients feel so successful with the work they have done that they do not need to come back. Again, totally up to you! Therapy is a little like the stock market, the more you invest the higher the return.
At this time all sliding scale spots are filled.
There are a few reasons for this practice but most important is confidentiality and what I call the practice of labeling. Once you have been given a diagnosis (which you must in order to bill insurance) it will be a part of your record and can affect your future. It is your therapist’s preference to keep your sessions confidential and not attach a label to you that may show up later in life. You may ask for a Superbill at the end of each month that can be submitted to insurance for possible reimbursement. The Superbill will include a diagnosis, which we can discuss together and figure out if that is the best option for you.
This is another great question! As you’ve probably guessed it can involve a fair amount of talking and listening, but there is more than one way to tap into one’s emotional self. Other ways of doing so are through expressive art, journaling, or role-play. Don’t worry you will never be made to do anything you’re uncomfortable with. Keep in mind that one-hour a week is small in comparison to all the hours of your life. Applying the skills and techniques learned in therapy to your everyday life is paramount for success.
You may contact your therapist outside sessions for scheduling purposes. Due to the nature of therapy, and to respect your therapist’s boundaries, it is important that therapy takes place in person and during its regularly scheduled time. If it is an emergency please call 911 or mobile crisis unit at 1-800-838-1381. If it is not an emergency you are welcome to address the issue in your next session.
The Laws and Ethics for Marriage and Family Therapists state that they are not allowed to engage in a “dual relationship” with their clients. This means that a therapist is not permitted to have any kind of relationship with any client outside of the clinical setting. This includes social events, bartering services, and social media unless your therapist has specific social media dedicated to the business.