Is therapy right for me?
Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues, or problems with anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one's life such as a divorce or work transition. Many seek the advice of counsel as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, body-image issues, and general life transitions. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.
Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.
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're at 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, body image issues and creative blocks. 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
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
What is therapy like?
Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. It is standard for therapists to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during therapy sessions. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts around fifty minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. It is important to process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life between sessions. For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions. People seeking psychotherapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives.
Here are some things you can expect out of therapy:
|Compassion, respect and understanding
Perspectives to illuminate persistent patterns and negative feelings
Real strategies for enacting positive change
Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance
Is medication a substitute for therapy?
In some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what's best for you. It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness.
Do you accept insurance?
This practice is a fee for service office. Any insurance policy that allows "out-of-network" options may provide reimbursement for costs. We prepare an itemized statement of all services provided and fees paid to the practice at your request. This statement can be submitted to your insurer to claim benefits. Dr. Kelly does not contract to provider panels established through insurance companies for several reasons.
(See "How Insurance Works" below for more information.)
Psychotherapy by its very nature involves the highest degree of personal connection between a client and a provider of any healthcare service. As a result a unique and complex human relationship is formed as the essential context for your treatment. To preserve the maximum degree of confidentiality and the ultimate power for you and your therapist to make decisions regarding your treament together Dr. Kelly does not enter into insurance contracts. Such contracts often place limitations on your care as decided by insurance benefit managers who do not know you or your individual needs.
Without the referral base provided by insurance contracts Dr. Kelly relies completely on the satisfaction of her clients and the respect of her colleagues for the word-of-mouth personal referrals of new clients that have supported the practice over the years. The personal investment of time and finances in seeking care is a decision each client makes.
How does insurance work?
Insurance companies typically require that your treatment be deemed "medically necessary" in order to provide coverage for it. More often than not clients come to therapy not out of mental illness, but out of a desire to improve their life circumstances, sense of self, relationships or other reasons. A determination of "medical necessity" requires that a clinical diagnosis be given and shared with the insurance company for them to figure your benefits. This then becomes part of your health record. Additionally insurers use managed care policies to decide, from afar, what type and how much treatment they will authorize for you. Dr. Kelly's professional opinion is that this process interefers unduly with the client-therapist team decision making that can be done together based on an in-depth understanding of you and your situation.
Some insurance policies allow you to go "out-of-network" (i.e. choose any licensed clinician, even if they are not on the list of contracted providers). Benefits are often somewhat less than they would be if you seek treatment within the network but you may recoup some of the costs you pay for services at this practice. A detailed statement suitable for submission to your insurer for you to claim any reimbursement allowed by your policy can be provided at your request. The office does not provide direct insurance billing. Many clients of this practice have been able to get partial insurance support for their therapy with Dr. Kelly.
To determine if you have mental health coverage, the first thing you should do is check with your insurance carrier. Check your coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions:
- What are my mental health benefits?
- What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
- How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
- How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
- Is approval required from my primary care physician?
Is therapy confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client. Dr. Kelly's records are accessible to her alone. (See Treatment Information and Agreement on quot; Forms and Directions" page for more details.)
However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:
Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse.
- The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person.
- The therapist is required to notify the police.
If a client intends to harm himself or herself.
The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.
- The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.