What is the difference between talking to you and talking to my best friend?
A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. We are emotionally connected to our loved ones and they are attached to us. When we reach out to them for help their opinions or advice are fogged by their desire to protect us. Family or friends may often give advice based on what they feel might be best for you and may be led by their emotional involvement with your situation. By seeing a mental health professional your situation is also confidential and no one has to know about your "business".
How does it work? What do I do in sessions?
Treatment is based on your needs and your goals for therapy. Because of this, therapy is not the same experience for everyone. We let our clients guide sessions in the direction that will be most beneficial to their needs.
Should I be on medications?
Medications alone cannot solve all mental health issues. They can only treat symptoms and in some cases they only mask symptoms, without getting to the root of the problem. Through therapy you can explore the root causes of issues and work to cope with and solve those issues. Medication is sometimes needed and can be helpful in conjunction with therapy. Your therapist may suggest medication inconjunction to therapy and will refer you to your primary care doctor or a psychiatrist, if needed.
How long will therapy take?
Again, treatment varies depeneding on your circumstances. There is no set timeframe for when therapy will end. It is also depends on the length of time it takes to acheive your goals, your desire for personal development, your committement to the process, and your motivating factors that drove you to seek out therapy in the first place. Typically sessions will be about 45-60 minutes in length and you will be typically be seen every week or every other week to start.
Will my insurance cover therapy?
Most healthcare plans will cover behavioral health services. You will need to call your plan's customer service number to confirm you have coverage.
What if I cannot make it to a session?
If you are unable to make your scheduled appointment you must give us at least 24 hours notice that you need to cancel or reschedule. You will need to call our office at 269-588-1441 Press 3, as soon as you know you cannot attend an appointment.
If you do not give adequate notice you will be charged a non-refundable fee of $105. This fee is not covered by insurance and is it is standard to charge a fee when an appointment is missed or cancelled late by a client. Your provider is holding your appointment time in expectation that you will be in attendence on the day it is schedule. Adequate notice of cancellation allows your provider to open that spot to other clients who may wish to be seen.
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