Is therapy right for me?
There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with recurring psychological issues, or problems with anxiety or depression.
How do I know if I need therapy?
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you’ve faced, there’s nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it.
In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you are in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.
How can therapy help me?
A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, and addiction. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
- Developing skills for improving your relationships
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
- Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
- Improving communications and listening skills
- Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
- Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
- Learning effective communication and relationship skills as part of premarital counseling
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
How long are therapy sessions?
The first session is the initial assessment session and usually takes 70 minutes. The following sessions are 50 minutes.
What happens in the first session?
In your first session, the therapist will ask certain questions about you and your life. This information will assist in piecing together an initial assessment of your situation. Questions he might ask include:
- Your personal history and current situation. The therapist will ask a series of questions about your life. For example, because family plays an important role in who you are, he’ll ask about your family history and your current family situation.
- Your current symptoms. Other than knowing the reason you sought therapy, the therapist will attempt to understand if you’re suffering from other symptoms of your problem. For example, your problem might be causing relationship concerns or difficulty at work.
- Why you sought therapy. A particular issue probably led you to seek help. The therapist has to understand the presenting problems before he can get to the underlying issues.
What is my role in the therapeutic process?
The quality and value of the therapy experience relies on your participation in the process. Answer the therapist’s questions openly and honestly. Share any feelings that may arise during the sessions.
Be prepared to describe your concerns and what brought you to therapy. If needed write down your reasons for seeking help and bring them to your session.
Feel free to ask questions about the therapy process and to repeat anything that you did not understand. The more you understand about the therapy process and how it works, the more comfortable you will be.
Therapy can be an effective tool to changing the thoughts and behaviors that will resolve the problem for which you sought help.
Do you accept my insurance?
Therapy Now Texas does not accept insurance for payment. We are considered an out-of-network provider by your insurance company. If you have health insurance that you want to use for your care, you will need to check with your insurance company to determine how your coverage could be used for the cost of your care. If you determine that you can use your insurance coverage, we will provide you with documentation that you can file with your insurance company for reimbursement.
What else can I do?
Though we do not take insurance, we are happy to provide you with statements/invoices that many insurance companies require. And if you are denied coverage, we can fill out the necessary forms that they require the provider to complete for the appeals process.
Other potential options include using your Health Savings or Flexible Spending Accounts to pay for therapy using pre-tax dollars. We do take all types of HSA and FSA cards with major credit logos on them. If you do not have one of these accounts, you could speak with your tax preparer to see if you could deduct therapy expenses from your taxes as an out-of-pocket health expense.