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Common Questions

How can therapy help me?
The benefits of therapy are increased peace of mind and re-establishment of hope for the future.  By utilizing the emotional support provided in the therapy relationship, problem-solving skills and coping strategies increase along with self-confidence.  Many people find that counselors are a tremendous asset in managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. By providing fresh perspectives on difficult problems, therapists point you in the direction of solutions. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you put into practice what you learn.

Do I really need therapy?  I can usually handle my problems.  
All we truly need is food, clothing, and shelter.  The real question is, are we satisfied with the quality of everything else in our life?  Five major life areas to examine are health, spirituality, love, work, and recreation.  Are we making progress in these essential areas? Therapy asks important questions and has research based answers for the client to consider on how they can improve the quality of their living.  Need versus want.  Something to consider.

Why do people go to therapy and how do I know if it is right for me?

People go to therapy because they are in pain; emotional, physical, or both.  They are seeking solutions to their dilemmas and are coming with hope that the therapist has some wisdom for them they can use to improve the quality of their life.
What is therapy like?
It varies according to the individual.  In general, you can expect to talk about current events in your life, your history relevant to your issue, and to report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous sessions.  Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term or longer-term. The severity of the situation determines the length of care. In the initial phase of treatment, weekly sessions of an hour are common.
You will get better results from therapy through active participation.  The old cliche is true.  You will get what you put into it.  Beyond the therapy session itself, your therapist may suggest things you can do for homework outside of therapy. Exmaples can include reading assignments, journaling, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals. People in counseling ususally are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for themselves.   
What about medication vs. psychotherapy?  
Research shows that medication can help some people.  The problem is, it does not treat what is causing the problem to start with.  Often, counseling alone is sufficient to assist a person to change in productive ways that alleviate their symptoms.  Sometimes, a combination of medicine and counseling is the most effective.  Each case is unique and has to be evaluated from that perspective.
Do you take insurance, and how does that work?
To determine if you have mental health coverage through your insurance carrier, the first thing you should do is call them.  Check your coverage carefully and make sure you understand their answers.  Some helpful questions you can ask them:
  • 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? 
Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
The policy here at STS is simple.  The law says no one is given privileged information without client consent unless they are a threat to themselves or others. If they are an active threat, law enforcement will be contacted  The law also requires cases of child or elder abuse to be reported as well.


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