FAQs

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM THERAPY?

Therapy (also referred to as counseling) is a collaborative relationship between a client and therapist (also referred to as a counselor). Therapy provides a safe space to explore and identify thoughts, feelings and relationship patterns. You can expect to gain increased understanding and insight into your unique strengths, challenges and life experiences while also learning new ways of managing, responding to or thinking about life stresses. 

IS ONLINE COUNSELING A GOOD OPTION FOR ME?

Online counseling (also called telemental health therapy, virtual therapy or teletherapy) is a convenient solution for those who may have difficulty getting to an office for a therapy appointment. Online counseling is an ideal modality for those who are comfortable using technology. A secure telehealth platform allows you to access counseling support in the privacy or your home or office. Research is showing that online counseling can be just as effective as in-office therapy for many issues.

WHY SHOULD I CONSIDER SELF-PAYING FOR THERAPY?

There are quite a few compelling reasons to consider self-paying for therapy. When you do not use insurance, your treatment information remains private, since no diagnosis information is sent to your insurance provider for review by insurance representatives or other medical providers. You and your therapist also have the freedom to determine the number of sessions and modalities to be used in therapy, rather than your insurance company making these decisions and setting predetermined limits based on an assigned diagnosis. By choosing to self-pay, you also have more choice of therapists because you are not limited to in-network providers. Additionally, many therapists who only accept self-pay clients are highly specialized and take on fewer clients so that they can provide the best quality service to their clients.

WHAT IS EMDR?

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy was originally developed to relieve distress for those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). EMDR therapy facilitates the processing of painful traumatic memories in order to bring these memories to a more adaptive resolution. EMDR can eliminate or reduce distress related to trauma and facilitate reformulation of associated negative beliefs. During EMDR, bilateral stimulation (e.g. eye movements or tapping) is used while the client simultaneously focuses on the traumatic memory for brief segments. EMDR uses a three-pronged approach which addresses past trauma, current triggers and future rehearsal. Click here to watch an informative video about EMDR.

WHAT IS CBT?

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is a structured, present-focused therapeutic approach which has been shown to be effective in treating a number of common mental health problems. CBT is based on the premise that our thoughts and interpretations of situations are more powerful in determining our emotional responses and reactions than the situations themselves. In CBT, we learn how to change unhealthy thinking patterns in order to achieve improved mood and remove mental barriers which may prevent us from reaching our goals.

WHAT IS DBT?

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. DBT therapy techniques are based on the key concepts of mindfulness and acceptance. The practice of DBT techniques improves and strengthens emotional regulation, healthy coping skills and interpersonal relationships.

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