Jamison and Joe here to help answer some common questions regarding therapy, prices, insurance concerns and how to know when therapy is right for you.
How do I know when it is time to see a therapist?
When the symptoms have become problematic and cause “significant distress or impairment.” Part of that is subjective to the client.
How can I tell if I've been 'traumatized' and need professional help?
You will experience one or more of the following symptoms: flashbacks of the event (and there are many types of flashbacks); nightmares; sleep disturbance (too much or too little); depression or anxiousness symptoms; relationship problems; exaggerated startle response; difficulty concentrating or focusing.
What if (I think) my partner - or we both - need counseling, but s/he refuses?
You can still go in yourself for your own struggles in the relationship and try to work on things on your end. Hopefully, the partner will come around.
What is group vs individual therapy?
Vastly different! Individual therapy is one-on-one with the counselor and group therapy is when you are with other clients and there is a facilitator (counselor). There are different types of groups such as psychoeducation, process groups, and more.
When is addiction counseling appropriate?
That all depends on the extent of the “addiction.” The diagnostic manual (DSM V) doesn’t actually use the term “addiction.” It looks at substance use and dependence. A person has to meet that criteria in order to have a disorder (again, there must be significant impairment or distress). If it is affecting their daily living, then treatment is warranted.
What makes you different than other therapists?
We meet our clients where they are and help them to reach their own specific goals while helping them to regain control of their lives, and we do so at the pace of our clients; pushing only when deemed appropriate. Other therapists base their treatment on uncomfortably pushing their clients in a direction that the therapist sees as healthy without taking into account clients’ cultures, beliefs, motivations, and supports. This results in clients relying on therapists and losing more control of their own lives.
How will I know you are the right therapist for me?
The best way to answer that is how well the therapeutic relationship is developed. 40% of the variance of therapeutic change is accounted for by the therapeutic alliance. It all depends on how comfortable you feel with me and me with you.
What are the benefits of therapy?
I believe that therapy can provide perspective and self-awareness to promote continued lifelong growth and/or recovery from trauma or underlying concerns.
What happens in a therapy session?
That’s a tough question to answer. It depends on the session. I typically review the past session and anything that happened. I also review the past few weeks and then we begin working on the treatment plan goals. You can expect the unexpected in sessions, because no two are alike.
How long are the sessions?
How long does therapy last?
Typically 4 to 12 months (depending on the client and situation, though).
Do you take my insurance?
Jamison typically take Blue Cross, MH Net (Altius), Aetna, EMI, and a few others. It just depends on the type of insurance. We also work with other 3rd party payers. So give us a call and we can discuss your options.
Do you give prescriptions for medication?
No. We are not licensed for that. That requires medical training. However, we can provide referrals for that if interested.
How do I get started?
Just give us a call 🙂