Frequently Asked Questions

Below are listed some common questions people have when they are considering if therapy is right for them. If you do not find the question listed below or would like more specific detailed information please contact me for a free phone consultation.

 

Do only crazy people go to therapy?
It’s unfortunate that there is still a stigma about people seeking psycho-therapeutic help. Seeking help in any other area of your life is considered to be a reasonable or smart thing to do. For example, when your car breaks down and you can’t fix it, you take it to a mechanic. If your physical health is problematic you go to a doctor. If you want to lose weight you might hire a personal trainer. It’s not that you wouldn’t know how to use a treadmill without a trainer, but you hire a trainer because they are experts in their field. A trainer can help you more effectively and efficiently reach your goals and assist you through any struggles.

The same is true for hiring a therapist. Asking for help does NOT mean you are crazy. It is what smart, effective people do when their worries, fears and/or struggles become too difficult to handle by themselves.

Sometimes we may need help with a life transition such as losing a job, birth of a baby, divorce, marriage or death of a loved one. It could also be a trauma past or recent, stress, anxiety, worry or persistent sadness that leads people to seek therapy. People suffering from more severe disorders certainly benefit from psychotherapy but so do people who are looking to increase self-esteem, explore their creativity, or just lead a more fulfilling life.

What is the difference between group and individual therapy?
In both individual and group therapy you can address many issues that may be causing you difficulty in your life. There are benefits to both.

Individual therapy is the most private form of therapy; the content and duration of therapy is determined by you.

In group therapy the expectation of confidentiality within the group still exists but you are sharing information with not only the therapist but with other group members. The benefit is that you get support and feedback from the entire group as well as from the therapist. Another benefit of group therapy is that it can be a more affordable way to participate in therapy.

Individual therapy costs on average $100/hour (and up) but you can obtain group services for a fraction of the price. Although I specialize in group therapy, I understand that group is not appropriate for all issues and/or people. If you would like to schedule a consultation appointment to discuss further which option would be best for you, contact me. Check out the Benefits Of Group Therapy and Myths About Groups.

How long will I be in therapy?
Length of therapy varies with every client, there is no “standard” amount of time. Obviously in group therapy where there are a set number of sessions in a series the time frame is predetermined. However in ongoing or “open” groups, in individual, couples or family therapy the length is determined by many factors:

  • What issue(s) you want to work on
  • The number of areas of your life you want to address
  • The severity of your problems
  • Therapist recommendation after completing an assessment
  • Most importantly until you feel that you’ve addressed the problems you wanted to and/or feel that you’ve reached the goals you established at the beginning of therapy.