Frequently Asked Questions

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, relationship, or career issues. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one’s life, such as a divorce, loss of a loved one, or work transition. Additionally, many seek professional advice as they pursue their own personal growth and development.

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, trauma, loss and grief, interpersonal conflict, parenting and marital problems, stress management, addictions, and general life transitions, to name a few. 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 positive and intended change in their lives.

A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies. Many people also find that therapists can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, 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.

Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals and needs. It is standard for therapists to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during the sessions. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts around 45 to 50 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 a journal to develop self-awareness. It is important to process what has been discussed in session and integrate it into your life.

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 relational/behavioral patterns, negative thoughts and emotions,
  • Real strategies for enacting positive change, and
  • Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance.

To determine if you have mental health coverage, the first thing you should do is to 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 annually?
  • How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
  • Is authorization required from my insurance prior to starting therapy?

For more information, please refer to the Insurance Coverage Guide (PDF).