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Therapy Questions and Answers

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. Many people also 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 depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy 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?  I can usually handle my problems.  
  
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and 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 is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you're at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face. 


Why do people go to therapy and how do I know if it is right for me?

People have many different motivations for coming to psychotherapy.   Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well.  Some people 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 get them through these periods.  Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life.   In short, people seeking psychotherapy are ready to meet the challenges in their lives and ready to make changes in their lives. 
 
  
What is therapy like?
 
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual.  In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, 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-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development.  Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly).
 
It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process.  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. People seeking psychotherapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.   
  
What about medication vs. psychotherapy?  
 
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. Instead of just treating the symptom, 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 we offer medication is it is necessary.

Yes we have a psychiatrist at our office for psych evaluations and follow ups whenever it is necessary to speed up healing or decrease complications. 
 
Do you take insurance, and how does that work?
 
To determine if you have mental health coverage through your insurance carrier, the first thing you should do is call them.  Check your coverage carefully and make sure you understand their answers.  Some helpful questions you can ask them:
 
  • What are my mental health benefits?
  • 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? 
 
Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
 
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist's office.   Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone.  This is called “Informed Consent”.  Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, Naturopath, Attorney), but by law your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.
 
However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:
 
* Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
* If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threated to harm another person.

What is Biofeedback? 
Training the Brain

Training the brain to function at it's maximum potential is similar to the way the body is trained, toned and maintained. Instead of muscle, brain training exercises the neural pathways that allow the brain to have better function in areas such as concentration and focus.  Biofeedback helps to improve cognitive functions.  It is a highly effective treatment modality as it helps individuals gain a measure of control over many issues.

The focus of biofeedback is to improve memory, increase attention span, improve problem solving, improve speed, learning, and increase the flexibility of the brain.  This can help students learn more effectively, thus enabling the student to reach their potential.

This can also improve the cognitive ability for all ages dealing with excessive stress, extreme anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, and many other complications of the brain.  It teaches and empowers control of physiology thus reducing or eliminating stresssful symptoms and illness.   It works well with psychological as well as physical complications.

Biofeedback is effective with Anxiety Disorders--Panic Attacks--PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder)--Phobias--Depression--Insomnia--Sleep disorders--Chronic Pain--Migrane Headaches--Tension Headaches--Sports Injuries--TMJ (Temporal-Mandibular Joint Pain)--Bruxism--Autoimmune Disorders--Chronic Fatigue Syndrome--Fibromyalgia--Lupus--Diabetes--Gasstronintestinal Disorders--Urinary Incontinence--COPD--Asthma--Raynauds Syndrome--High Blood Pressure--Fast Heartbeat--Irregular Heartbeat

Biofeedback is often covered by insurance.

Biofeedback/Nuerofeedback Introductory Special
Biofeedback/Nuerofeedback evaluation           $80.00
Session (45 min)                                               $75.00

What is Nuerofeedback?
  Brain Training


Nuerofeedback also referred to as EEG Biofeeback specifically focuses on Brainwaves to produce a signal that can be used as feedback to teach self regulation of brain function.  It is affective with ADHD--ADD--Autism--seizure Disorders--Stroke

    What is Acupunture?

   Traditional Chinese medicine explains acupuncture as a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force--known as qi or chi (CHEE)--believed to flow through pathways
    (meridians) in your body.   By inserting needles into specific points along these meridians, acupuncture practitioners believe that your energy flow will re-balance. 

    Acupuncture is one of the oldest, mmost commonl used medical procedures im the world.  Originating in China more than 2,000 years ago, acupuncture began to become better kow i the Uited
    States in 1971, when New York Times reporter James Reston wrote about how doctors in China use needles to ease pain after surgery.  The term acupuncture describes a family of procedures
    involving of anatomical points on the body by a variety of techniques.  Amerian practices of acupuncture incorporate medical traditions from China, Japan, Korea, and other countries.  The 
    acupuncture technique that has been most studies scientifically involves penetrating the skin with thin, solid, metalli needles that are namipulated by the hands or by electrical stimulation. 

   Acupuncture needles are netallic, solid, and hair-thin.  Some people are energized by treatment other relaxed.  Acupuncture is safe and approved by the US Food and Drug administration by            qualified practitioners only. 


   
According to the NIH (National Institute of Health) Consensus Statement on Acupuncture, thre have been many studies on acupuncctures potential usefulness.  Promising results have emerged      showing eficacy of for example, in adult postoperative and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting and in postoperative dental pain.  There are other situations--such as addiction, stroke rehabilitation, h headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia, myofascial pain, osteoarthritis, low-back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, as well as pain relief, and asthma--in which acupuncture may be u    useful as an adjunct treamtment or an acceptable alternative or be included in a comoprehensive mananagement program.  

    Each person is unique, therefore treatment duration, time, intensity and length are individualized.  Acupuncture is covered by many insurance companies.
    Acupuncture Treatments
7   70 minutes approx.  $78.00 
     40 minutes approx.  $45.00
     Cupping Service      $30.00
     GuaSha Service      $40.00

  What does Therapeutic Body Massage Therapy Do?

Self-Empowerment--Self-Enrichment--Decrease Chronic Pain--Self-Improvement--Reduces Anxiety--Decreases Fatigue--Eliminates Headaches--Reduces Migraines--Improves Sports --Injuries--Relieves Stress and Tension.

Massage Treatments
Full Therapeutic Boy Massage     (60 min)  $60.00
Hot Stone Body Massage             (60 min)  $65.00
Essential Oil Body Massage         (60 min)  $70.00
Full Therapeutic Bocy Massage   (30 Min)  $40.00
Foot Massage                               (30 Min)  $28.00
Foot Massage                               (15 min)  $18.00

Luxury Facial Treatments
Essential Vitamin C Facial            (70 min)  $78.00
Acne Facial                                   (60 min)  $78.00
Min Facial                                      (35 min) $48.00

 


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