Frequently Asked QuestionsAmy Shore, MA, LMFT
How do I know if I should see therapy?
Lots of people decide to pursue therapy. It doesn’t mean you aren’t “normal”. It is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength – if you initiate counseling, it is evidence that you are taking charge of your own well-being. Your proactivity will pay off. There is no rule for when someone “should” seek counseling. You can start by honestly asking yourself “Is something bothering me?” If there is something that causes you worry or concern, then it is important and, therefore, worth discussing with a therapist.
What are the benefits of therapy?
The benefits of therapy have been shown by scientists in hundreds of well-designed research studies. People who are depressed may find their mood lifting. Others may no longer feel afraid, angry, or anxious. In therapy, people have a chance to talk things out fully until their feelings are relieved or the problems are solved. Clients’ relationships and coping skills may improve greatly. They may get more satisfaction out of social and family relationships. Their personal goals and values may become clearer. They may grow in many directions as people – in their close relationships, in their work or academics, and in the ability to enjoy their lives. Change can sometimes be quick and easy, other times it can be slow and frustrating. If you have any concerns about how therapy is going, you can discuss these concerns with me at any time during our work together.
How long are therapy sessions and how long will I be in therapy?
Do you take insurance?
I am considered an “out of network” mental health provider for many plans. Please call your insurance company to inquire about your mental health benefits and if you have “out of network” coverage. If you do then there is a great chance that some of our time is reimbursable. I’m happy to discuss this more with you if you are interested in going this route.
What is confidentiality?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist’s office. Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent”. Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, Naturopath, Attorney), but by law your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.
However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:
* Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
* If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threated to harm another person.