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  • How does therapy work? What should I expect in sessions?
    There are hundreds of different approaches and techniques in the field of psychology. Different approaches have been shown through research to work better for certain types of problems, and therefore must be decided based on individual needs. Regardless of the approach, we do know that successful therapy includes a warm, empathetic, nonjudgemental therapist who is able to identify and capitalize on their clients' strengths and motivations for change. You can expect this level of care and attention from all of our associates.
  • How many sessions does it usually take?
    The number of therapy sessions required to see improvement depends on many variables. Ideally, there will be a significant improvement in terms of hopefulness, clarification of the problem, and a sense of having a plan within the first few visits. The length of therapy can vary based on a number of things, including your goals, history, and problems at hand. An average number of sessions is about 8, however, there is a wide range. Your therapist should be willing to discuss your timeline based on your individual needs.
  • How will I know which therapist is right for me?
    First and foremost, you should feel comfortable with your therapist. Aside from their approach to counseling, therapists have other differences that contribute to finding the right "fit". Communication style, gender, appearance, ethnicity, and even sense of humor may make the difference for you. You should feel trusting, respected, and hopeful if the therapist is right for you. It might take more than one session to determine if you have found the right therapist. Your therapist should be willing to talk openly about this and help you locate another therapist if the fit is not right.
  • What if I can't wait to talk to someone?
    If you can't wait to talk to someone because you feel emotionally overwhelmed or that your situation is a crisis, you should go to your nearest hospital/ emergency department. If you feel like you are at risk of harming yourself or others, please call 911 immediately. There are also a number of crisis support lines you can contact for help in a crisis. Read more here.
  • Do you prescribe medication or work with psychiatrists/ physicians?
    Psychologists and social workers are not prescribers but we will work closely with your primary care provider if medication is part of your treatment. We can also help with referrals to local psychiatrists when needed.
  • How private is my information?
    When you talk to a therapist you have the right to confidentiality. Parents of minors are asked to permit their child to talk confidentially with the therapist but ultimately have the right to access information. Therapists may make exceptions to confidentiality when the safety of the client or others is at risk. You will be given an informed consent statement explaining confidentiality rights and exceptions before you speak with your therapist. Questions about confidentiality will also be discussed in the first visit. For more information on privacy, please view our client information sheet.
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