Frequently Asked Questions What are the benefits of therapy? There are a number of benefits that are gained from participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as trauma recovery, depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, and other related issues. Many find that therapists aid in personal growth interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists can offer a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point clients in the direction of possible solutions.Benefits can include:Gaining a clearer and better understanding of yourself, your goals, and valuesDeveloping skills for improving your relationshipsResolving issues or concerns that led you to seek therapyDeveloping coping skills to handle stress and anxietyProcess and work through childhood and other traumasManaging anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressuresImproving communication and listening skillsChanging old behavior patterns and developing new habitsDiscovering alternative ways to solve problems in your family or marriageImproving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence Why might I need therapy We all go through challenges in our life. We often are able to manage and navigate through those difficulties without the benefit of any support. There is 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 can benefit from another perspective, and that is something to be admired. In choosing therapy, one is taking responsibility, accepting the present and making a commitment to change the situation for the better. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, equipping you with the tools and skills to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you may face. Who goes to therapy anyway? People seeking psychotherapy are ready to meet the challenges in their lives and ready to make changes in their lives. There are many different reasons and motivations for seeking therapy. It may be when one is going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.) or are not handling stressful circumstances well. Others need assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts, and creative blocks. There are those who seek treatment to work through their trauma and PTSD, providing the skills to be able to process through those issues. Therapy offers the tools and encouragement to get through these trying situations. There are others who may also be at a point where they want to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life. What is therapy like? Since each person brings different issues and goals, therapy is unique for each individual. Generally, clients will discuss their current life situations, relevant personal history and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly). How will I notice results from therapy? Therapy is a partnership between therapist and client. The individual or couple will get more results from therapy if they are active participants in the process. Ultimately, the goal and purpose of therapy is to help clients bring what is learned in session back to their lives. That might mean that the therapist might suggest activities and exercises out of session or recommend readings or books to support the process. People seeking psychotherapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives, and take responsibility for their lives. What about medication vs. psychotherapy? Research has illustrated that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause most often cannot be solved solely by medication. Therapy works to address the psychological 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. In some cases, a combination of medication and therapy is an appropriate course of action. Working with your medical provider, you can determine what is best for you, and therapists can provide referrals to psychiatrists as needed. Do you take insurance, and how does that work? What about Fees? We are currently credentialed with Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance and can accept the following: Blue Advantage, Blue Care, Blue Options, Blue Select, and Classic Blue (not “BCBS local” or “BCBS value” or “BCBS Home”). We also accept North Carolina State Health Plan Network, but will accept any insurance as out-of-network. Each 55 Minute session is $125, but a sliding scale is also offered. Payment may be made by cash, check, or credit card. Are our sessions confidential? Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with extremely sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist’s office. Clients need to feel safe and free to express themselves. 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 (e.g, your physician, naturopath, or attorney), but by law your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.North Carolina 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 threatened to harm another person Who do you work with and what are your areas of specialization? We work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues, providing services that span from therapy for depression and grief counseling to parenting support, couples counseling, and beyond. In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, we offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client’s individual needs to help them attain the personal growth they are striving for.We provide individual, couples, and family counseling. Telehealth We use a secure and HIPAA compliant platform called Simple Practice for telehealth and virtual sessions. What types of therapy do you provide? To see a full list of all services, please check our Services page. Looking for a Reliable Therapist in North Carolina? Request Appointment If there is no availability, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an appointment.