Q / A
What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy, or counseling, is the method used to bring about change through the process of an established therapeutic relationship. Psychotherapy will help you to discover self-awareness, increase insight into your behaviors, decrease emotional distress and learn healthy coping skills to manage your life. Therapy sessions can be held in several different formats including individual, couples, family and group.
How do I know if I need Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is helpful whenever you feel unable to change maladaptive behaviors in your life. Seeking outside help to understand more about why we do the things we do, or how to break out of old negative patterns are some reasons that people seek therapy. Additional reasons why individuals seek help are feelings of sadness or loss, emotional difficulties, harmful behavior to others, interpersonal difficulties, and relationship struggles. If you feel that you are currently experiencing any symptoms of distress please call and a counselor will review your situation and help discover the best possible treatment approach for you.
How does therapy help?
Therapy provides a safe and confidential environment where two people become observers of behavior. The therapist’s role is to guide and direct the therapy to foster insight, bring about change and increase understanding of behaviors. The therapeutic relationship provides an opportunity to explore different ways of relating, responding and feeling that will facilitate new understanding and change. The process will give you the ability to make the change you wish to see in your life and the skills to manage life’s difficulties.
What is the cost for therapy and will my insurance cover therapy?
Family Counseling Center accepts most insurance companies, including Medicare and Medicaid. When you call for an appointment a receptionist will take your insurance information and call you back regarding availability and insurance coverage. In addition, you must qualify for a mental health diagnosis in order to be reimbursed for treatment by your insurance. Insurance generally does not cover relationship/marriage counseling. We offer a sliding fee scale for individuals who are paying on their own. By calling for an appointment the appropriate fee can be determined for your individual situation. Family Counseling Center also accepts funding by LDS bishops and other clergy.
What can I expect on my first visit?
The first session is a chance for you to get an idea of your therapist’s approach and how they will work with you. During the first session your therapist will ask questions regarding your reasons for coming to counseling and try to gather a history about your life and past relationships. This is also a time for you to ask questions and get an idea of how treatment will look for you. It is common for people coming to counseling for the first time to feel some nervousness and apprehension. Your counselor will be aware of this and will try to make this initial process as comfortable as possible. Most appointments will be anywhere from 50 mins to an hour.
What can I expect in a therapy session?
Therapy sessions last 50 minutes to an hour, but some people request longer sessions. Usually weekly sessions are the preferred frequency but some people, especially during a crisis, will come two or three times per week. During sessions you are encouraged to talk about current and relevant issues in your life. At times you might also be asked to work on things outside of the treatment hour such as reading a book or keeping a personal journal. For therapy to be effective YOU must be an active participant in the process both in and outside of the therapy hour.
What benefits can I expect from doing therapy?
There are many benefits to participating in psychotherapy. One of the most helpful benefits is knowing that someone understands you and sincerely wants you to achieve your goals. Therapy can provide you with tools to help manage a difficult problem or provide you with a different solution. Many people find therapy to be a great asset in their lives by helping them to develop personal growth, enhance relationships, find new ways to cope with anxiety and depression, learn skills to manage anger, depression and other emotional difficulties, improve communication skills, increase self-esteem, increase their ability to solve problems, and learn to change old behavior patterns and develop new ways of relating. There are several other benefits that can occur depending on your unique situation and therapeutic relationship with your counselor.
What are the different treatment options at the Family Counseling Center?
There are several different treatment modalities that are offered at the Family Counseling Center. Some clients will participate in only individual therapy while some will participate in couples or family psychotherapy. We also offer several different types of groups to meet your needs. Your therapist will meet with you and develop the best treatment plan for you, which may include any of the treatment combinations mentioned above.
What is Marriage and Family Therapy?
A family’s patterns of behavior influence the individual and therefore may need to be a part of the treatment plan. In marriage and family therapy, the unit of treatment isn’t just about one person but a combination of individuals. Marriage and Family therapists treat a wide range of serious clinical problems including: depression, marital problems, sexual dysfunction, anxiety, individual psychological problems, and child-parent problems.
Is therapy confidential?
Therapy, in large part, is confidential and the law protects all communications between a client and a psychotherapist. Information is never disclosed without a written consent by you. However, exceptions to this rule exist such as suspected child abuse or dependent adult/elder abuse. Therapists are required by law to report such abuse to the appropriate authorities. If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person the therapist must notify the police and inform the intended victim. If a client intends to harm himself or herself the therapist will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in ensuring their safety. If the client does not cooperate, further measures by the therapist must be taken to ensure their safety.