1. How long does therapy take?
The duration of therapy varies on a lot of factors such as what your symptoms are, how long they have been persisting, and the context of your presenting issues which all influences the length of the necessary treatment. During our first appointment we will discuss your goals and come up with a mutual plan for how long we can expect therapy to last.
2. How often do I need to come in for therapy?
How often you come to therapy will depend on how much your symptoms affect your daily life. During the first appointment we will discuss what therapy frequency is right for you. The most common frequencies for appointments are weekly, bi-monthly, and monthly.
3. What happens if I want to stop coming to therapy?
We will explore your reasons for ending treatment and proceed on what you think is right for you. If you feel like therapy is not working or that you could be better assisted by someone else you can discontinue therapy at any time.
4. Can therapists provide medication?
No. Therapists, clinical social workers, psychologists and professional counselors cannot provide medication to help alleviate psychiatric symptoms. Only Medical Doctors (including psychiatrists), physician’s assistants and some types of nurses are able to prescribe medication. If there is a need for medication to supplement your therapy, then a plan of action can be discussed during the first therapy appointment.
5. I don’t want anyone knowing I’m getting services. How do I know my information will stay confidential?
Confidentially is a very important part of seeking treatment. By Federal Law (HIPAA) your information can not be disclosed to others without your permission unless there is an exceptional circumstance (like imminent harm to yourself). If a family member, employer or a friend were to call and try to obtain any information about your treatment he or she would be unable to do so.