Am I right for treatment? Will it really help me?
Many factors contribute to the success of treatment including your readiness for change, a good working relationship between you and your provider, regularity of visits, and the amount of work you are willing to commit to your investment in yourself. It is important to note that psychological treatment, due to its nature, cannot offer guarantees or “solve” problems, but for most people, it can offer new tools for dealing with difficulties and relieve distressing symptoms. More than likely, you will be able to reach beyond resolution of your symptoms and gain significantly in understanding of yourself and others.
I’ve never been to therapy before and I’m hesitant. Is this normal?
While we strive to make your experience as pleasant as possible, it’s important to recognize that psychological treatment takes work. It’s very common to experience anxiety or discomfort as part of initial nervousness and also during the process where you are processing difficult experiences. When you first meet with your provider, ask yourself, “Would I feel comfortable being uncomfortable with this person, in this environment?” Take your time in determining if it is a good “match” for you and, if so, begin forging a strong therapeutic relationship. You will be asked questions and engage in a therapeutic dialogue that may stir strong emotions, but you should feel as though the content helps you look at events and situations in a new way. While some therapeutic conversation might address difficult or even fear-producing material, you should never feel unsafe or unduly vulnerable.
Do I really need it?
Our hope is that you make an informed choice of whether to seek treatment, rather than one driven by misinformation and stigmas. Not everyone needs to seek treatment, but many who might benefit decide against it only because of misleading information. Reading these questions would seem to imply you have at least a basic curiosity about the emotional well-being of you or someone you care about. If you’re contemplating seeking help but don’t, can you identify what holds you back? Maybe you would otherwise accept help but get thwarted by misconceptions, and then end up experiencing much more distress than you need to. Maybe you assume that you’re just lazy or “full of worries,” that the pain you feel has no physical basis so it’s not there, or (and this is really the trickiest one) you think that an admission of psychological distress is something to be ashamed of – something you can just fix yourself or maybe will it away. So if you feel you could benefit but opt not to, make sure you are certain as to why that is. The real shame would be to miss out on opportunities to dramatically change your life for the better.
Is there anything I need to do prior to my first session?
Please visit the Forms page. Find the appropriate packet of information, and follow the download instructions. Print, review and fill out these forms to bring with you to your first appointment, but please leave all signature spaces blank. Your provider will review all forms with you at your first visit to ensure your understanding before you sign. Also, if you will be using insurance, please call to give your insurance information to your provider or office staff so that we may verify coverage and attempt to identify any unusual circumstances which may complicate payment.