How can therapy help me?
A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Somatic (or "Body") Psychotherapy is one of the most effective treatments of trauma wounds arising from prolonged exposure to war zones, actual combat, accidents, or the violence and threats of violence in some domestic settings -- particularly when treatment is enhanced by mindfulness training as offered by Pathworks. More generally, therapists can offer fresh perspectives on difficult problems or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
Is prayer or meditation a substitute for therapy? Depending on the context, prayer and meditation may be very different, but serve some of the same purposes. If consistent with your beliefs, one or both can be useful reaching your therapy goals. Therapy offers the opportunity for examining your life dialectically and testing ideas in the company of someone who is focused on your wellbeing. If religious issues are involved, you may want to enlist the aid of a minister, priest, rabbi, imam, or other practitioner of your faith.
Is medication a substitute for therapy?
In some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what's best for you. It is well established that in most cases the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, psychotherapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. Usually, you can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness.
Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?
I accept several kinds of insurance. In addition, some insurance companies reimburse clients of out-of-system expenses. Our staff can help you with that.
To determine if you have mental health coverage, the first thing you should do is check with your insurance carrier. Check your coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions:
What is covered under 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?
Pathworks accepts some kinds of insurance. For a listing of those companies, see the page Rates and Insurance
Is therapy confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and his or her psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client or a court order. However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:
In the case of suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse, the therapist is required to report the behavior to the appropriate authorities immediately.
If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person or being placed in danger himself or herself, the therapist may be required to notify the police.
If a client tells a therapist that he or she intends to harm himself or herself, the therapist will make every effort to work with the client to ensure her or his safety. However, if the client does not cooperate, additional measures may be needed to assure the client's safety, and those measures may involve breach of confidentiality.