Do I need therapy?
Everyone goes through difficult challenges in life. While you may have been able to cope with the challenges you’ve encountered, it’s always a good idea to seek extra support when you need it. In fact, when you realize you need a helping hand, you’re taking responsibility admirably by facing the challenges you encounter in life. Therapy will give you long - term benefits and the tools you need to overcome whatever difficulties you encounter.
How can therapy help me?
There are many benefits in participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support and help you find relief for issues such as trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, stress, and relationship problems. Counseling is extremely valuable in managing personal growth, relationships, and the many challenges faced in daily life. By applying therapy techniques, therapists can provide different perspectives on complicated problems or even guide you to a solution.
What is expressive arts therapy?
Expressive arts therapy uses a variety of mediums to provide a connection catalyst to your inner self. We can connect deeply to thoughts and feelings through images, writing, movement, or sound in ways that might never come up through talking alone. Since the expressive arts are about the creative process and not the end result, it does not require any artistic training on the part of the client.
It is essential; however, to find an expressive arts therapist who meets the requirements of supervised clinical work and advanced training at an approved expressive arts therapy institute. Qualified and registered expressive arts therapists agree to a code of ethics and to maintaining high standards of professionalism in the field.
What happens during therapy?
Therapy may be different depending on the goals for therapy and the needs of the person. Typically speaking, we will discuss the things that are currently happening in your life, things that happened in the past that are relevant to your issue, and review the gains we’ve had from the previous session. Ultimately, I want to help you bring what you’ve discovered or learned during therapy back into your daily life.
Will our conversations remain confidential?
Confidentiality is a key component of therapy. What you discuss in a session will not be shared with anyone else. By law, your therapist can’t release this information without your written consent, except in the following situations:
- The therapist suspects there is past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults or elders.
- The therapist suspects the client is in danger of harming themselves or has threated to harm another person.
What are the benefits of privately paying for therapy?
- No Labeling – You don't have to carry an unnecessary (and perhaps inaccurate) diagnosis on your medical record. Insurance companies require a specific diagnosis.
- Confidentiality & Privacy – You and your therapist are the only people that will know you're in therapy. You get to choose if you want to disclose this information. Session notes are private records, so there won't be anyone else reading about your intimate details.
- Self-Determination – You get to work with a therapist that is free to use the best therapeutic approach to help you meet your goals. You and your therapist are the only people involved in the decision about the length of your care. You won't have to seek additional authorization to continue your work or return to therapy if you have new goals you'd like to explore.
- Quality Care & Attention – You'll get a therapist that's not professionally overextended. Someone alert and engaged during your session, remembering the details of previous conversations without you having to restate them every week. Most of all, you'll have the help of a professional that's invested in your process of growth because they've taken the time to do the same for themselves. She will be able to use the healing methods that are most appropriate for you.
Medication vs. Therapy
Medication cannot solve your mental and emotional problems alone. Therapy is needed in order to address the source of your distress and behavior patterns. Check with your medical doctor and see what’s the best treatment for you.