What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a method of treatment intended to improve the mental health of children, adolescents, couples, or families. Psychotherapy (sometimes called counseling) can help people with ordinary every day problems and it can also be used to help those with deep psychological pain.
Is It Normal To Be Nervous About Contacting A Psychologist?
Yes. Whatever you want to work on in psychotherapy is obviously important to you otherwise you would not consider investing your time, energy, and money.
Many people worry about being judged or misunderstood. Others worry that the therapist will not be able to help in any meaningful way. Frequently people find that their nervousness subsides during the initial session as the therapist treats their concerns with seriousness, respect, and compassion.
What Are Some Of The Ways Psychotherapy Can Help?
Therapy can help children resolve current problems, as well as provide tools to cope with life challenges later on.
When Does Your Child Need a Therapist?
As a parent, you are likely to be the first to recognize changes in your child’s behavior. According to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, there are warning signs that indicate that your child is having difficulty, and may benefit from a psychiatric evaluation. Some of these signs are:
* Changes in school performance, such as dropping grades, missed homework, and skipping school
* Excessive worry or anxiety
* Loss of interest in usual activities
* Change in sleeping habits or frequent nightmares
* Mood changes, including temper tantrums, depression, anger, and aggression
* Dangerous and/or illegal behavior, including:
o Use of alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs
o Inappropriate sexual behavior
What is a Psy.D. and how does it differ from other mental health degrees?
Psy.D. stands for Doctor of Psychology and those with this degree are more focused on the practice of clinical psychology. Clinical Psychologists are the mental health professionals with the most training in therapy, assessment, and diagnosis. The training of a psychologist is more extensive than that of a counselor.
How long will I need to be in therapy?
I work efficiently and effectively to help resolve my clients challenges. Everyone’s needs and personal situations are different, and the length of therapy depends on the complexity of the challenges for which you are seeking help.
Do I work with step/blended families and extended family members?
Yes, today’s ‘families’ consist of various arrangements. For many blended families, there is a challenging period of adjustment to new roles and relationships. Family therapy can help each blended family member become clear of his or her role and how to communicate effectively within the new family.
How long are the appointments?
Psychotherapy appointments may be scheduled for between 40 and 75 minutes. Longer sessions can be arranged. Sessions can be scheduled weekly or biweekly as needed and agreed upon.
How Do I Know Whether A Psychologist Is The Right One For Me?
The initial sessions not only allow the psychologist to get to know you, but also allow you to get to know the therapist. Specifically, you can assess how comfortable you feel with the therapist and how confident you feel that he or she understands you.
If you feel that your concerns are not being treated seriously and sensitively, you should look for a different psychotherapist. However, even a competent and experienced psychotherapist may not be the right one for you. As in any relationship, some people ‘click’ better than others. If you feel that the therapist might not be a good match for you, you should obtain additional referrals and meet with other psychologist.
How Can I Make The Most Of Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy works best when you share your thoughts and feelings as openly and honestly as possible. Some people find this easier than others.
Most of us ‘screen’ our thoughts, often without realizing it. This may be because we find them inconsequential, embarrassing, painful, or inappropriate. Your therapist should help you feel more comfortable sharing your thoughts so that you can make the most of your treatment.
Will My Health Insurance Pay For Psychotherapy?
Health insurance policies can be very confusing, especially when it comes to psychotherapy coverage. Most insurance policies have a group of psychotherapists, called in-network providers, who will charge you a co-payment for each visit.
In addition, many insurance plans will reimburse a percentage of a psychotherapist’s fee as long as the psychotherapist is a licensed mental health professional (e.g., a licensed psychologist, psychiatrist, or social worker).This allows you more flexibility so that you can find a psychotherapist who is right for you. I accept Tricare, Medicare, and Cash/Credit Card payments.
How do services intended for a child or adolescent differ from adult therapy?
Children and adolescents benefit from learning insights and coping skills that are presented by the therapist in an age-appropriate manner. In addition to working one-to-one with a child or adolescent, therapists may seek input from important adults, such as parents, caregivers and teachers. Most child/adolescent mental health professionals will coach parents on how best to address the needs of a child struggling with behavioral or emotional issues.