Why do I need therapy?
Therapy can be a pivotal step towards living the life you want to live. Therapy can help provide problem-solving skills, coping skills and ways to communicate better in relationships. A lot of our client tell us that they would recommend friends and family to attend therapy due to the positive impact in has on their life. Therapy isn’t necessarily a walk in the park. Sometimes you may come in angry and leave session still feeling anger. Sometimes you will even leave therapy sessions in tears. This is all apart of the process of therapy. We have to sort through problems, emotions and issue that arise in order to develop insight into our own behaviors.
For more information about the benefits of Psychotherapy, read this article by PsychologyToday.com!
Why do people need therapy?
People seek psychotherapy for numerous problems they face in their life. They may be going through a crisis, a major life transition, feelings of anxiety, feelings of depression, or have a lot of stress in their life. If you break your leg, most likely you’ll go to the doctor to get help. A lot of people put off mental health treatment because they feel like they can handle it on their own. Sometimes people can cope with adversities in healthy ways, others do not. Putting off treatment can cause strain in your relationships, added stress in your daily life, missing time from work or school, etc. Neglecting your mental health could be costly.
What Can I expect from therapy?
Psychotherapy is different for each individual. Some people come individually, other bring their significant others or family. At Willow Tree, we provide individual, couple and family therapy to adults, teens or children. Each treatment modality is different. During your first initial visit you will sign paperwork with your therapy and your therapy will be discussing things such as mental health and physical health history, symptoms your experiencing and what you’d like to accomplish by attending therapy. You will also discuss frequency of treatment (normally beginning weekly). Throughout this process you will work directly with your therapy to develop a treatment plan to help guide the path to your personal goals you want to accomplish.
I always hear the debate between medication and psychotherapy, what is your view of this?
Simply put, “pills aren’t skills”. Medication will help in the beginning to help get you to a place where you able to develop insight into behavior and learning better coping skills. In the long-term we’d like to see patients ease off or discontinue medication whenever possible. However, sometimes individuals struggle from mental illness that long term medication use is necessary or needed to prevent decline in social or occupational life. With your permission, your therapist will work closely with your doctor if you are currently taking medication or need medication in order to provide better wrap-around services.
How do I know if you office takes my insurance?
You can check out our section about insurance here. We take a variety of insurance, even insurance that isn’t specifically listed on our insurance page. The best way to find out is to either call our office and speak with someone about your specific insurance or you can call you insurance company to ask if you have outpatient mental health benefits available. At our office, we will help determine your health coverage benefits before your first appointment. Sometimes call insurance companies can be time consuming, confusing or frustrating. We will help you in this process!
Is what I say to my therapy confidential?
Confidentiality is both legally and ethically important to our therapists and you. In order for positive outcomes in therapy to be achieved you must have a sense of trust in your therapist. Everything you say to your therapy is considered protected privileged information. We are only able to release your information if you allow us to do so in writing.
However, Kansas law, federal 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.
If you have any questions or concerns about therapy, we will be more than happy to answer your questions over email or telephone. Please head over to our contact page for more information.
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