Can therapy help me?
Therapy can provide an effective and healthy outlet for an individual to address issues which are preventing them from adaptively coping in their world. Much like you would seek a prescription from a medical doctor for physical aliments, therapy allows the mind, body, and the soul to heal in an innate and adaptive manner allowing the individual to reach resolution on issues that are often unseen. The various psychotherapy approaches used paired with the therapy of EMDR can have a generalization effect over many behaviors, issues, concerns, fears, and situations. The benefits of what an individual is being treated for may spill over to many other areas of concern, creating an overall healthy resolution for oneself to continue to develop and "move on" through life unimpeded. The investment in therapy for oneself can have life long advantages on relationships, self-esteem, self-concept, and self-worth as an autonomous resilient being in the world.
What is E.M.D.R.?
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing is a psychotherapy treatment approach that "unfreezes" painful stuck memories, feelings, and sensations, and brings those components to a healthy resolution so the person can learn from them. EMDR accelerates the healing process without having to remember or talk about specific details of events. Often times, symptoms such as anxiety, anger, irritability, depression, and inability to concentrate can be due to upsetting experiences that have not been digested or processed in the nervous system. EMDR offers a natural and non-intrusive way for an individual to heal their own pains and to reorganize this information in a manner that they can learn from it without having to re-experience the negativity of it's original effects. EMDR uses dual attention stimulation in the form of right-left eye movements, tactical stimulation, tones, or music while focusing on the target issue. This dual attention is what facilitates the healing process. In sum, EMDR helps resolve the targeted issues so the individual can return to their normal state of functioning and continue on in their world in a resilient and adaptive manner. To watch the CBS news special on EMDR and watch the therapy in practice click on this link www.youtube.com/watch. Other helpful links about this therapy can be found at these sites www.emdrmovie.com or www.emdria.org.
What can I expect in a therapy session?
Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. During therapy sessions it is standard to talk about the primary issues and concerns in your life. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts 50 minutes. Sometimes individuals who are going through a particularly difficult challenge may request more time per session or more than one session per week. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. Between sessions it is important process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life. For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions. A variety of therapeutic techniques both directive and non-directive are paired with EMDR to facilitate the process. With children some of these techniques may include art, sand tray, play therapy, drama therapy, and animal assisted therapy. Other therapies incorporated are: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Experiential Therapy, and Client Centered Therapy.
Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?
To determine if you have mental health coverage, the first thing you should do is check with your insurance carrier. Check your coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions:
- Do I have mental health benefits?
- What is my deductible and responsibility for out of pocket cost?
- How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?
- What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
- Is approval required from my primary care physician?
I accept some insurances. Please call me and inquire which insurance plans I am under.
Is therapy confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a psychotherapist. Information is not disclosed without written permission. However, there are number of exceptions to this rule. Exceptions include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s. The therapist must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in insuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, further measures may be taken without their permission in order to ensure their safety.