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:
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
- Developing skills for improving your relationships
- 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
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.
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.
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).
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.
Some couples and families will benefit from Emotion Focused Therapy, or EFT as it is often referred. EFT is used for couples and families to work on their connection/bonding or, specifically, attachment. The primary loved one in a person in one's life - be it romantic partner or, for a minor child, the parent - helps one feel emotional safety, experience relational security, and co-regulate emotions.
A secure and safe relationship is available, responsive, and engaged: A,R,E. (Sue Johnson, DVD lecture on using Emotion Focused Therapy).
From one of the seminal researchers in the attachment field is John Bowlby who wrote in his book A Secure Base: parent-child attachment and healthy human development, "No concept within the attachment framework is more central to developmental psychiatry than that of the secure base" (163). Doctoral student, at the time, Sue Johnson, and her dissertation supervisor, Les Greenberg, created Emotion Focused Therapy. Sue Johnson wrote a book called Hold Me Tight: seven conversations for a lifetime of love. On the concept of Secure Base, she writes, "Attachment theory teaches us that our loved one is our shelter in life. When that person is emotionally unavailable or unresponsive, we face being out in the cold, alone and helpless. We are assailed by emotions - anger, sadness, hurt, and above all, fear" (30).
For more information please visit www.drsuejohnoson.com and read Ten Tips for a Strong and Vibrant Relationship (C) 2013 by Dr. Sue Johnson
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.
To determine if you have mental health coverage through your insurance carrier, the first thing you should do is call them. Check your coverage carefully and make sure you understand their answers. Some helpful questions you can ask them:
- What are my mental health benefits?
- What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
- How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
- How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
- Is approval required from my primary care physician?
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 or electronic 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, Attorney), 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:
* Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
* If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threated to harm another person.
Fig Tree Counseling has voice dampening devices professionally installed in the counseling room and in the hallway to ensure confidentiality.
Privacy is defined as your right to determine i) What you choose to share; ii) With whom you choose to share it; iii) When you choose to share it; and iv) How much you choose to share when you do share it. All of this is protected with confidentiality.
Because of the convenience of 24 hour booking, all scheduling communication must be efficiently conducted in the event of the inevitable scheduling conflict.
Should such a conflict arise, please email me at: [email protected] Follow this with a text message to (972) 965 - 1450. This is appreciated.
The ideal time to do so is as soon as the conflict arises to allow other clients the 24 hour courtesy notice to fill the spot openned by a rescheduled appointment.
Again, please provide a 24 hour advancded notice when rescheduling. This will allow me to apply your payment to the next session you have coming up. Otherwise I will have to collect payment for a late cancellation of a session.
If a non-emergency no call/no show occurs, client will be resposible for the fee.
Emergencies arise, and in the spirit of flexibility and understanding, each case will be taken into consideration individually. Please use (972) 965 - 1450 in the case of emergency to cancel by text if unable to email. Both means are helpful.