Frequently Asked Questions
How can therapy help me?
There are many benefits of therapy. By participating in therapy, you will be able to gain support, new knowledge about yourself and your relationships. You have the opportunity to learn important problem solving skills and coping strategies that may be useful in facing life’s challenges. These skills will help in dealing with various relationship difficulties and mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, stress management, as well as self-esteem and confidence issues. Individuals will be able to explore their personal needs, values, goals, and interpersonal relationships. As individuals experience many difficulties in life, it could be beneficial to obtain extra support and obtain a new perspective in an encouraging and safe environment.
Why do people feel the need to go to therapy?
Everyone is different and all individuals have a distinctive reason for seeking out therapy. For instance, some may be experiencing a difficult life transition and are unable to effectively manage their stress and anxiety. Other individuals may want to work on a specific area of focus, such as self-esteem, addiction issues, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relationship problems, and other similar issues. Therapy could be helpful in managing these problems as individuals obtain a higher level of support in order to find the willingness to accomplish desirable goals. It is important to note that the possibility of obtaining preferred treatment results increases if you actively participate in session. In obtaining new insights, you may discover that you will be able to apply valuable skills learned in session into your own life.
Do you accept insurance?
I do not currently accept insurance. If you would like to utilize your insurance plan, I may be able to provide you with some information that could be useful in obtaining partial reimbursement from your insurance network. Please note that some may prefer not to use insurance as this is the only way to truly maintain a confidential therapeutic arrangement and avoid having a registered psychiatric diagnosis.
How long do sessions typically last?
Therapy sessions typically last 50 minutes although longer sessions may be requested and reserved when discussed in advance, these are approximately 75 minutes long and require a prorated fee. Sessions are by appointment only and can be scheduled weekly or biweekly.
Will everything we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
Confidentiality is crucial in therapy. Successful treatment outcomes maintain a high level of trust and rapport between a therapist and a client. This introduces a sense of comfort and safety in a session so clients are able to speak freely about their life and the struggles they may be facing. This subject will not be discussed outside of the therapy office. Therapists are required to provide a written confidentiality disclosure agreement that allows the therapist to discuss your particular case with other health professionals. In this way, you grant permission to your therapist and healthcare team to further discuss your treatment plan. The only time confidentiality may be jeopardized is when a therapist has a legal obligation to warn or protect. For instance, the state law and professional ethical boards require that therapists maintain confidentiality unless the following situations arise:
- Suspected abuse or neglect of a child or elder. In filing a report, the proper authorities will be notified, including Child Protection Services and law enforcement, depending on each case and the information provided by the client.
- Suspicion that the client is in serious danger of harming him/herself or has threated to harm another person, or group of people. If this occurs, the proper authorities and law enforcement will be notified.
- Therapist is given a court subpoena, which requires the release of specific client information.
- Therapist is allowed to share information if a child/minor reports that he/she is in imminent danger.
What do I do in an abusive relationship or crisis situation?
It is important to note that Palm Beach Therapy Center, LLC is a private practice and not a crisis center. Therapy must take place during scheduled appointment times. If you are experiencing any type of emergency and need immediate assistance, please dial 911. If you are experiencing a crisis situation, please dial 211, 561 637-2102, or 561-801- HELP (4357). Should you need additional assistance, I have provided several community resources listed below:
Crisis Line – 24 Hr/7 Days a Week 211 or 561-383-1111 (PBC)
Abuse Hotline 800-962-2873
Homeless Helpline 800-493-5902
Mobile Crisis Team 561-383-5777
Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255, 800-784-2433
How long will I need to attend therapy before I see change?
This question is difficult to answer as it varies with each case. The ability to achieve a desired change depends on several factors such as the issue itself as well as your motivation and commitment for that change to occur. Each individual proceeds at their own pace and their own level of comfort. Completing therapy is often discussed in collaborative manner with the option to return at anytime you feel necessary. Many clients attend therapy for a few months, where others continue for several years. No matter the “end-point,” clients are always welcome to schedule follow-up sessions in order to stay on track with the progress they have already made.
How is therapy helpful?
Therapy is useful in providing a safe space to process intimate thoughts and experiences. In achieving a positive outcome, I believe the client-therapist relationship is an important factor for change. In feeling a sense of comfort with your therapist, you will be able to disclose your innermost thoughts in a nonjudgmental, empathic, and supportive relationship. This may then lead to new knowledge and a deeper understanding of your current challenges and the skills that are necessary to address those challenges. Over time, this relationship may lead to a higher level of functioning, a higher sense of self confidence, and a higher level of self-awareness. However, therapy also depends on one’s level of motivation and commitment. Therapy can be difficult at times and requires some attention, patience, and self-exploration. If you find you are willing and able to embrace your vulnerability, then you may have a higher possibility of experiencing change.