So How Does It Work? What Happens In Sessions?
You lay on the couch and we say things like, “So tell me about your mother?” Then we nod and grumble, “Mmmhmm.”
Sounds fun doesn’t it? We didn’t think so either. The best way to help you is to get to know and understand how you experience your world. So expect a lot of questions early on. Then expect to be challenged and pushed. Don’t worry, we’re pretty good about knowing when to push and when to pull. But if you’re looking to come in and complain about your life and have someone simply co-sign your bullshit, then keep looking. Change only happens when you’re (gently and respectfully) pushed outside your comfort zone.
Do You Only Help Clients Who Have Anxiety?
Aren’t People Who Go To Therapy Weak?
How Long Will It Take?
I’m Not Sure I’m Ready To Start. How Can Therapy In New Haven Help Me?
The reality is, many who first go to a therapist, counselor or coach don’t “feel ready” or “aren’t sure.” Counseling and therapy offers support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies which are more effective than simply talking to a friend or family member. Think of it like an advisor or consultant who provides a non-biased and educated perspective on specific problems or long-standing patterns getting in the way of achieving your full potential. We’ll guide you in the direction of a solution, while teaching how to act as your own guide. The benefits from counseling and therapy depend mostly on how much you put into the process and practice what you learn. Some of the benefits of therapy include:
- Achieve a better understanding of yourself, your goals, and values.
- Acquire skills for improving your relationships.
- Learning new, better, and healthier ways to cope with stress and anxiety.
- Manage anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures more effectively.
- Improve communication and listening skills.
- Change unhelpful behavior patterns and develop new more effective patterns.
- Learn new problem-solving techniques with your family, partner, or work.
- Improve your self-esteem and boost your self-confidence.
How Often Do We Meet?
What Are The Benefits Of Out-Of-Network/Private Pay?
How does out-of-network coverage work?
Most insurance plans have something called “out of network” coverage. You first need to determine if you have this coverage by contacting your insurance provider and asking if your plan offers out of network coverage for mental health. Be sure to ask if there is a deductible (what you pay out of pocket before they will reimburse). Then ask the percentage rate at which they reimburse. After our session, we send you an invoice which you submit to your insurance provider and they send you a check. Easy Peasy! For example, if your coverage reimburses 80% then your insurance provider would send you a check for $128 (our fee is $160). This means that your out of pocket cost is only $32 per session!
Why Shouldn’t I Just Take Medication?
Medication can be effective, but alone it cannot solve all issues. Often it is simply a temporary band-aid and in some cases, can bring about additional challenges (i.e., side effects). Sometimes medication is helpful as an adjunct with counseling – and even recommended. However, our work together is designed to explore the problems (not just the symptoms) you are experiencing and expand on your strengths so that you are empowered to create permanent change and accomplish your personal goals.
How Can I Get The Most Out Of Therapy?
It is important to understand that you will get quicker and more significant results from therapy if you actively participate in and commit to the process. This includes taking chances, being open, showing up on time and attending sessions regularly, doing the work and being patient as you allow the process to work. You’ve likely spent years developing some of the relationship dynamics, insecurities, or negative self-talk that may be keeping you from reaching your goals – it can take a while to unlearn these bad habits and patterns.
The purpose of therapy is to educate and help you to bring what you learn back into your life so you don’t need to come anymore. Beyond the work we do in your therapy sessions, we are big advocates for implementation of techniques and work outside of our sessions together. Since our session is only 50 minutes long, the fastest way to see a positive change is to start implementing these skills into your daily life.
Our ideal clients are those who:
- Desire change but might not know what to do or where to start.
- Are taking steps to improve their world and those around them.
- See inward reflection as beneficial.
- Are reliable, motivated and committed to meeting together.