Below are some Common Questions relating to therapy. If you have specific questions about therapy or testing, please use our contact form.
How can therapy help me?
Some of the benefits available from therapy include: • Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values • Developing skills for improving your relationships, communication and listening skills • Learning new stress management techniques • Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures • Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones • Discovering new problem solving strategies • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence • Learning new parenting skills • Adjusting to the cognitive, physical and social changes in late life • Managing the transition into retirement
What is therapy like?
Therapy is catered to each individual need. In general, you can expect to discuss what is happening in your life at this time, any relevant personal history, and any gains or setbacks you experience along the way. Typically sessions are scheduled once a week or every other week depending on your need and schedule. It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life. Therefore, in addition to the work you do in session, your therapist may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process - such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals.
Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
Confidentiality is one of the most important pieces of the therapeutic relationship. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust. You will be provided a written copy of a confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent”. Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, Naturopath, Attorney), but by law your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission first. State law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations: * Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources. * If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threatened to harm another person.