How can therapy help me?
A number of benefits are available from participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Often times, clients find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy also depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn.
Some of the benefits available from therapy might include:
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
- Developing skills for improving your relationships
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
- Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
- Improving communications and listening skills
- Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
- Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
Do I really need therapy?
Not everyone comes to therapy because they need therapy or have a serious problem. But, if this is a question you are considering, this might best be answered by you and your therapist.
Life is filled with opportunities and challenging situations. While you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy can be very beneficial for individuals who have a sense of increased self-awareness and posses the ability to self-reflect; all qualities to be admired. Therapy can provide both short-term support and long-lasting benefits. Therapy can also give you the tools you need to recognize, re-direct, cope or sometimes avoid damaging triggers or patterns.
Why do people go to therapy?
more effective with their goals or relationships in life. Sometimes individuals seek therapy while going through major life transitions such as returning to school, unemployment, divorce, adjusting to a new occupation or job promotion. Some clients seek therapy because of difficulty with handling stressful circumstances or sometimes need assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts and creative blocks. Therapy can help provide some much needed encouragement and help with skills to manage through these occasions more successfully.
People have many different motivations for coming to therapy. Clients sometimes enter therapy when exploring new ideas and perceptions. Some may be in a place of growth or on a personal journey. Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be
What is therapy like?
Because each person has varying objectives and goals for therapy, the experience will be different for each individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your goals, and report progress or any new insights gained from the previous therapy session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer to deal with difficult patterns and the desire for more personal development. Either way, you can expect to coordinate a treatment plan with your therapist pinpointing specific goals. It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. It is most common and effective to schedule weekly sessions with your therapist.
The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life. Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process - such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals.
Medication vs. therapy?
Although, medication can at times be both necessary and helpful, it is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Medication can effectively assist with treating symptoms, but therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what's best for you, and in some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action.
Do you take insurance, and how does payment work?
LiveWell Therapy Services, LLC does not participate with insurance companies. If you pay out of pocket, often times insurance companies will provide some reimbursement. At the end of each session, when payment is due you will be provided with a billing statement that you can submit to your insurance company. LiveWell Therapy Services, LLC accepts check or cash payment.
First please determine if you have mental health coverage through your insurance carrier.
Check your coverage carefully and make sure you understand their answers.
Some helpful questions you can ask them:
- What are my mental health benefits?
- Are there certain mental health services that are not covered?
- What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
- How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
- How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
- Is approval required from my primary care physician?
- Do I have a deductible?
Is therapy confidential?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and therapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with sometimes highly sensitive subject matter. Every therapist should provide a copy of their privacy practices and disclosure agreement. Sometimes, however, you may request your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team such as your Physician, or Psychologist. For your review, please see LiveWell Therapy Services, LLC Notice of Privacy Practices and Authorization to Release Information located under Helpful Forms on this website. Please feel free to ask any questions regarding these practices or forms.
What if I see my therapist outside the office or at an event?
The rules of confidentiality apply in this situation as well!! While in public, it is at the client's discretion whether or not to say hello. It is the policy of LiveWell Therapy Services, LLC not to approach clients while in public.
What if someone sees me walking into your office?
Because your comfort, confidentiality and the work we do is of great importance to LiveWell Therapy Services, LLC much consideration and planning has gone into the office space. LiveWell Therapy Services, LLC is located off the street with a private entrance, waiting room, and many options for parking. Likewise, The company name LiveWell Therapy Services, LLC itself is a bit ambiguous with the intention of being discreet as to not disclose the nature of the services provided. Additionally, you will not be greeted by a large neon sign when you enter the office or waiting room.