Frequently Asked Questions
What is psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy, commonly referred to as therapy, is a process wherein a consumer or client seeks to find understanding, and often solutions to struggles both current and historic through a therapist. These can be issues ranging from poor self-esteem, mood instability, anxiety, depression, psychosis, marital struggles, identity transitions, and issues pertaining to certain diverse identity groups. As we talk and process, we come to a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world around us--often improving our overall mood and functionality. EK Counseling provides evidenced-based treatment approaches to many of the above issues.
I can usually handle my problems. Do I really need therapy?
I don't think you would be looking at this page if you thought the above were true....
What is the length and frequency of therapy?
When we meet, we will decide together the ideal length and frequency of future appointments. Most therapy sessions are 45 minutes in length, but we can plan longer or shorter sessions if better suited to your needs. In some cases, we may meet weekly, in some cases, biweekly or even less frequently, again according to your needs and preferences. The frequency of the sessions may change as the process goes along and you become increasingly able to take what you've gained in session out into your own life.
Is therapy confidential?
Yes, therapy is completely confidential both in the room, as well as protected written communications between therapist and client. Clients under the age 15 cannot consent to their own mental health treatment without the additional consent of their legal guardian.
Is medication a substitute for therapy?
EK Counseling believes that medication and therapy work symbiotically, not in place of one another. Although a person may not need one or the other, they may enhance and quicken the process of healing for certain individuals. Medication gets a bad rap, however, many people find it very helpful in making their lives more manageable. Many people worry it will alter their brain chemistry permanently, or that they will never be able to stop medication once they start--these worries are unfounded and simply untrue.
Do you accept insurance?
We do not accept insurance.
We must assign you a mental health diagnosis for insurance reimbursement. Sometimes these are not the most accurate reflection of what issue is present in therapy. For those whose issues are subclinical in nature, this is especially relevant as insurance may not provide coverage.
The diagnoses assigned to you stay on your permanent health record which can impact future opportunities.
We must share private health information with your insurance company compromising the confidential nature of the therapeutic relationship.
Many insurance companies allot a certain amount of sessions for outpatient therapy or per diagnosis. We must then justify ongoing treatment in order for the coverage to continue taking away from direct client care.
How do I find the right therapist?
Some questions you might ask the potential psychotherapist include:
Are you a licensed therapist?
Tell me about your education and training background.
What is your specialty?
How much experience do you have working with people who have my problem, condition, or concern?
What is your treatment approach?
How is this intervention (e.g., Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) supposed to work?
Is this intervention effective for my problem/condition? On average, how long does the treatment take? How should I assess whether the treatment is working?
What are your fees and related costs? Do you have reduced fee/sliding scale slots available?