Common Questions

Do I Really Need Therapy and How Can It Help Me?

Sometimes we all go through challenging or difficult situations in life, and even though you may feel that you can handle your issues, you should always utilize all resources available to you – such as psychotherapy.  Psychotherapy can provide you with support and long lasting benefits, various tools as well as coping skills, and problem solving skills to help you overcome challenges.  Therapy can also be utilized for personal understanding, self-growth, and health.  In addition, therapy is conducive to improving your relationships.

What Is Therapy Like?

Therapy may be different for each person, depending on the individual’s style, goals, issues and needs.  However, you can expect to typically discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue and address progress on insights gained.  You will also gain some knowledge and information that can be helpful for the particular issue or concern that brings you to therapy.  Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term or longer-term.  Either way, it is common to schedule regular sessions – typically weekly.

What Is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)  is a theoretical orientation or model of treatment which focuses on the interrelatedness and interconnectedness of your thoughts, emotions and behaviors.  Basically, your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors all influence each other.  Therefore, “CBT” treatment focuses on these three core aspects.

What Is The Difference between a Psychiatrist and a Psychologist?

Psychiatrists prescribe medication, but don’t do psychotherapy.  Psychologists do psychotherapy but do not prescribe medication.  The long-term solution to mental and emotional health cannot be solved solely by medication.  Instead of just treating the symptom, psychotherapy addresses the cause of the issue and/or distress and the behavior patterns that curb progress.  Sometimes an integrative approach with therapy and medication is best to achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being or wellness.

Is Psychotherapy Covered By My Medical Insurance?

Almost all insurance carriers cover you for “Mental” or “Behavioral Health.”  You can call your medical insurance provider and ask them about your Mental Health Benefits and they will tell you all of your benefit information, such as copayments, deductibles, and whether or not that portion of your coverage is carved out to another carrier, which is sometimes the case.