For your convenience, we have answered commonly asked questions by clients. If we don’t address your concerns, please contact us below!
Q: What is a marriage & family therapist? How can they help me?
Marriage and family therapists are licensed mental health professionals. We receive training that qualifies us to work with those experiencing mental and emotional health disorders, just as other mental health professionals. In addition, we receive specialized training in relationship dynamics and consider the numerous influences in one’s life, outside of the individual themselves. More specifically, marriage and family therapists take a holistic approach and work to explore how outside influences, such as relationships, work/school, living concerns, finances, culture, etc. may be influencing, and be influenced by, one’s mental health. A marriage and family therapist can help you with mental and emotional health, behavioral concerns, and relationship struggles.
Q: How do I know if therapy is right for me?
Therapy is an appropriate choice for many people. Throughout life we all experience ups and downs, times of worry or sadness, and challenges. Therapy is a good option when you are experiencing hardships, unwanted behavioral habits, or emotional turmoil on a more frequent or severe level than you’re accustomed to. Therapy is also a good option during times of change, or when you may be wrestling with important life decisions or transitions. Whatever your challenge, if you are ready for change, therapy is an option for you!
Q: What can I expect while attending a therapy session?
Every session is tailored to each client’s individual needs, but in general your therapist will invite you to discuss what is currently happening in your life, as well as your relationships and any personal history related to your current goals. Overall, we will work each session toward achieving the original goals you set for therapy, and continue to adjust goals accordingly.
Q: How long does therapy last?
The overall length of the therapeutic process depends on each client and their needs and goals. Therapy may be short-term for more specific concerns, or may be long-term for those who are looking to explore themselves on a deeper level. In general, therapy is scheduled on a weekly basis to begin the process, and as goals are met, you and your therapist will work together to decide when it is appropriate to end therapy.
Q: Is therapy confidential?
Yes! Your confidentiality is extremely important to us, and your therapist will further discuss your protection and confidentiality in your first session. Your identity and the content of your therapy sessions are kept confidential with four exceptions:
- If you sign a release of information,
- If there is suspicion of abuse or neglect to a child, individual with disabilities, or elderly individual,
- If there is court order,
- If you are a threat to yourself or another individual.
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