Here are some answers to questions you may have about therapy.
What to Expect in Therapy
Therapy is a highly collaborative and interactive process between client and therapist. You will not be sitting on a couch with a silent therapist taking notes as is often depicted in the movies. The first point of contact should be a 10-15 minute phone consult to determine if one of our therapists feels like a good match for your issues. By the end of the second session, you will probably have a clear sense of whether you want to continue to work with the therapist.
Some people seek short term solution-focused therapy while other more complex issues may require several months or longer to resolve. Therapy is highly individualized depending on the client’s needs.
Usually the first session will include a deeper assessment of the current problem as well as your personal history, family history, significant relationships and other critical events in your life. Your therapist will also walk you through some basic policies and protocols so you can understand how the office works and answer any additional questions you may have.
Fees & Insurance
Please contact us individually for fee information. Currently, we do not accept insurance. However, we can provide you with a superbill to submit to your insurance provider in order to get reimbursed for your sessions.
24 hours notice is required before canceling a session. If it is a true emergency or medical emergency, we will do our best to reschedule for another time within a one week period. Phone sessions are available for clients who have an established relationship. If you are unable to provide 24 hour notice, you will be responsible for the missed session fee.
The information that you give during your therapy sessions is confidential and guaranteed to be so by California state laws as well as by ethical standards. This information can be released only with your written permission.
However, there are some exceptions to this confidentiality. The law requires therapists to report suspicions of child abuse, adult abuse, and dependent adult abuse to the appropriate agencies. In addition, if the client poses a danger to self or others, confidentiality can be breached. It is also the therapist’s ethical responsibility to support you during these stressful times.
What about the stigma of seeking therapy?
It’s part of the human experience to struggle. The vast majority of us go through difficulties in life…just as we go through physical issues. The stigma around getting mental health support is diminishing. Yet it can feel like you are admitting that you can’t handle things on your own. There is nothing wrong with you. You are not crazy. You just need support.