Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I need therapy?
No one is immune to life’s challenges. In general therapy can benefit you if you feel that something is “off” or if you are not sleeping well, lack focus at work, have little appetite, stress eat, or have strained or distant relationships with friends and loved ones. Also, if you feel “blue” or “emotionally numb” or that things just aren’t getting better or you recognize that you tend to think a lot of negative thoughts, these are all pretty strong indicators that seeking out a trained professional can help.
Why shouldn’t I try to just work through this on my own?
Life is a lot easier when we have others help us. It’s easy to put off seeking out help for something that’s negatively impacting our lives. The decision to get help can actually be extremely difficult for many people because asking for help is often seen as a weakness in some way. Nothing could be further from the truth! Asking for help is takes strength and tremendous courage. We can get more done and end up with better outcomes when we ask for help from others. Somehow, as adults we tend to forget that everything we do in life we learned. From eating with a spoon to tying our shoe laces, to how well we perform at our jobs, someone helped us learn how to do these things. One person does not build a world wonder like the Golden Gate Bridge, many people helping one another do. Yet somehow, we tend to think we are supposed to know how to manage all of life’s challenges on our own. Adding to this people tend to dismiss feelings of anxiety, emotional pain, relationship stress, or depression as temporary or “just how life is”. Deciding to take responsibility for your mental well being and is an empowering first step.
What does professional therapy provide?
Professional counseling gives you an opportunity to share, but also to gain new understanding and perspective on your life challenges. Through therapy you can get to the root of the issues, learn techniques for changing your life and regain control by practicing healthy patterns for long-lasting improvement.
What happens in a therapy session?
Every client is unique and so therapy sessions will vary in format and approach. Sometimes clients come in with specific things they’d like to talk about. Other times, they talk about an emotion that’s bothering them. In addition to in-session discussion and activities, we might encourage you to do an out of session activity or assignment that we can discuss later (like reading a book, or keeping a journal, or watching a video). The overarching process is to identify the areas where change or help is needed, set realistic goals, and to equip you with resources and strategies to be successful.
Do I have to share things I don’t want to?
Certain topics or stories can be difficult to share, and that’s normal and OK. You don’t have to share anything you don’t want to, or that makes you uncomfortable. It’s important to build a trusting relationship between therapist and client, but our sessions always progress at a pace that you feel ready for.
How long does therapy take?
Individual sessions are generally about 30-50 minutes in length. The session length varies based on the individual person and their goals. Incredible progress can be made in just a few minutes. It’s not uncommon for therapy to span several sessions over a period of weeks or months.
Are therapy sessions confidential?
Yes. Your privacy is important to us, and you can trust that our sessions, as well as any of your personal information, is always held in the strictest confidence. Additionally, anything you transmit over our website is highly secure, and stored data is HIPAA-compliant.
Confidential information disclosed in private therapy session is legally protected. This will be explained to you in detail prior to enrolling with us. However, there are some exceptions to confidentiality that you may want to know about now. Instances of suspected child or elder abuse, or when a client presents a serious danger of violence toward himself or herself or others are mandated by law to be reported to the proper authorities. If you’d like to learn more about our ethical standards and privileged communication exceptions, our office can provide additional information.
How does payment work if I want more than one professional to come to my home or if I want to see another professional at their office location?
At Serenity we do everything possible to make asking for help easy and affordable. This may mean billing insurance to cover the cost of therapy if desired. If you have two therapists present at the same time for couples therapy, typically insurance will only cover one and you can pay in advance or in person for the others services. We will of course let you know the cost in advance. If you want to see a therapist and then a time management specialist, massage therapist, chiropractor, herbalist, or other type of professional at your home then your insurance may cover both costs as they are separate services. Again you will be notified in advance so you will never have an unpleasant surprise. If you choose to see only one therapist and opt to go to another provider's location for treatment such as those mentioned above your insurance may cover it as well.
How can I schedule an Appointment?
Just give us a call, email, or use the book appointment option at the top of any page to schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you.