Common Questions

What does a therapy session involve?

  • Every therapy session is different and unique to each person’s individual needs and specific goals. During
    therapy sessions it is standard to talk about the primary issues and concerns in your life.  Therapy can be short-
    term, focusing on a specific issue or longer-term, addressing more intense and difficult issues or it can be
    ongoing to obtain personal growth. There may be times when it is suggested that between therapy sessions
    you read a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors or emotions. Between sessions it is
    helpful and important to process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life.

What benefits can I expect from working with a therapist?

  • Therapy can provide insight and new perspectives into life's challenges and can help create solutions to difficult
    problems. Many people find that working with a therapist can enhance personal development, improve
    relationships and family dynamics, and can ease the challenges of daily life. Sometimes, just having someone
    there to listen is helpful. Overall, people in therapy tend to have lower levels of anxiety and stress, decreased
    conflict, and improved quality of life.

  • Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
  • Developing new skills for handling stress and anxiety
  • Modifying unhealthy behavior and long-standing patterns
  • Attaining insight into personal patterns and behavior
  • Increasing confidence, peace, vitality, and well-being
  • Improving ways to manage anger, depression and moods
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems
  • Navigating life’s obstacles more effectively
  • Improving listening and communication skills
  • Enhancing the overall quality of life

Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?

  • To determine if you have mental health coverage, the first thing you should do is check with your insurance
    carrier. Check your coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions:
  •       Do I have mental health benefits?
  •       What is my deductible and has it been met?
  •       How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?
  •      How much does my plan cover for an out-of-network provider?
  •       What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
  •       Is approval required from my primary care physician?

Is therapy confidential?
    In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a psychotherapist.
    Information is not disclosed without written permission. However, there are number of exceptions to this rule.
    Exceptions include:
  •  Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required by law to report this
    to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  •  If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s. The therapist must notify the police
    and inform the intended victim.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to enlist their
    cooperation in insuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, further measures may be taken without their
    permission in order to ensure their safety.
Rosie Gianforte, LCSW