FAQsYour Therapy Questions Answered
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Therapy Services
Q: Why should I consider therapy services?
A: Therapy services allow individuals to control troubling symptoms, allowing you to function on a higher level while accelerating healing and well-being. A national survey of psychotherapy clients suggests that about 75 percent of people who participate in therapy services experience relief in their symptoms and improve their quality of life.
Q: What should I expect in a typical therapy session?
In a therapy session, you’ll share what’s been going on in your life, what may be troubling you and what’s been on your mind lately, as well as any goals you’d like to achieve. The therapist will listen closely, taking notes as needed, allowing you to speak without judgment or criticism. Every client and every session is unique, but regardless of the approach, the therapist will listen and try to help clients find solutions to the challenges in their lives.
Q: How will talking to a therapist help me?
A: You’ll find new ways to solve some of the main problems and overcome the main obstacles in your life that are keeping you from achieving your goals. You’ll often find you’re able to communicate better, alleviate some of the stress you experience on a daily basis, and keep your emotions more in check.
Q: How long will treatment last?
A: Everyone’s symptoms and challenges are different. In some instances, we might see clients once for testing and evaluation. Most of our clients achieve their goals in 8 to 12 sessions of therapy, but your individual treatment goals may require shorter or significantly longer treatment length. You’ll work directly with your therapist to development a treatment plan that’s best for you.
Q: How will I be matched to a therapist?
A: When making your initial appointment, our intake team will listen carefully to your needs. We do our best to match you with the appropriate therapist for your initial evaluation. In most cases, this will be the therapist you continue to work with during treatment.
Q: What if I don’t feel comfortable talking with my therapist?
A: Trust and comfort with your therapist are important aspects of treatment. If you do not feel comfortable discussing your symptoms or challenges with your therapist, it’s OK to tell them directly. You can also let the Clinical Director or administrative staff know and we’ll be happy to re-assign you.
Q: Will the information I share with my therapist be kept confidential?
A: We are ethically and legally bound to protect your privacy. Mental health professionals who violate confidentiality risk losing their ability to practice in the future. We are also legally obligated to report certain information to authorities for the protection and safety of others. For example, abuse, exploitation or neglect of children, the elderly or people with disabilities, or if you plan to harm yourself or others. Remember that your sessions will be most effective if you are open and honest about your private thoughts and behaviors. With written permission, your mental health professional can share all or part of your discussions with other physicians, teachers or anyone else if you choose. Please be aware that we RECOMMEND SHARING information relevant to your treatment with the referring physician. We view this communication as an important aspect of your health and well-being. If you have specific questions or concerns about confidentiality, please discuss it with your therapist.
Q: How often can I see my therapist?
A: Every client’s treatment plan is different. You’ll work closely with your therapist to determine what the best approach will be. Typically, our clients schedule sessions once per week and then taper as treatment progresses.
Q: Do you offer group therapy?
A: Yes, we offer a growing selection of group therapy sessions. Many individuals and couples find group therapy a great option. Visit our site regularly for updates on the different group therapy options available.
Q: How much will the therapy sessions cost?
A: Every client’s insurance plan varies. When you contact our office, we’ll discuss your insurance and help you understand what coverage you have and what you can expect the plan to cover.
Q: Will my insurance cover my therapy sessions?
A: Kent Psychological Associates accepts most major insurance plans, but be aware that not all services are covered by insurance. Contact us today to discuss your specific situation.