Frequently Asked Questions regarding Therapy:
How do I know I need counseling?
Often life’s challenges or other issues cause us to view ourselves differently, creating overwhelming emotional pain. We may withdraw from relationships, become depressed or anxious, and lose focus or concentration in our daily functions. You mat feel overwhelmed for days at a time, lose sleep and have poor appetite, contributing to the problem. There might also be uncontrolled anger responses that prevent interpersonal closeness.
What should I look for in a therapist?
There are multiple qualities to seek out in your search for a good fit in therapy. You will want someone who is warm and accepting of you as a person, one who is nonjudgmental and who has experience in treating the particular problem that disrupts your life. There needs to be an unconditional positive regard for the person and a belief that the individual client holds the key to the puzzle within. That key is often discovered through Socratic dialogue in which the therapist engages the client through empathic reflection. Also a mastery of the most recent empirically validated interventions would be imperative.
How long do I need to attend therapy?
Although there is no set formula for length of therapy, we know that, for many problems, the benefits of therapy start to level off after 8-10 sessions. This can be influenced by the type and severity of the condition for which therapy is sought as well as the clients’ intrinsic motivation for change. Certainly, addiction, depression, trauma, anxiety, OCD, stress management, etc. all require individualized treatment plans. These plans are products of collaboration between client and therapist, worked through in a methodical manner and transformed as therapy progresses.
Is my therapy covered by insurance?
Although many insurance companies will cover limited sessions of counseling or psychotherapy, Alliance Therapy Group does not file insurance forms for the client. We will, however, provide the necessary documentation for you to file with your insurance company. Much of our work involves private or sensitive issues. Many clients choose to maintain strict confidentiality, especially regarding addiction to behaviors such as gambling, sex or internet pornography, chemical dependency, GLBT issues, etc.