Frequently Asked Questions
*How do I know if I need therapy?
Therapy isn't just for "crazy" people. Going to a therapist for your mental, emotional, and relational health is just like going to an general doctor or specialist for your physical health. If you are struggling with a mental illness, your emotional health, or your relationships, seeking out help and support from a well-trained, licensed professional is a great asset to you. If you're not sure if you need therapy, call for a free 15-minute phone consultation and I'm happy to help you decide if therapy is right for you!
*What can I get from seeing a therapist that I can't get from others?
A well-trained, licensed therapist has at least a Master's degree, sometimes a Ph.D., in their given specialty (Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology, Mental Health Counseling, Social Work, etc.). Therapists study for between 2-5 years in graduate school while actively seeing clients to work toward licensure. They then take their field's national licensing exam, get supervised by professionals in their field, and spend thousands of hours working with clients before becoming licensed. They must then complete hours of continuing education each year to maintain their license. A combination of years of advanced study, continued yearly training in their area of specialization, and clinical experience provides you with an objective, supportive, 3rd party to guide you through your unique life circumstances.
*How do I pick the right therapist?
First, look for therapists in your area that specialize in the issue you are seeking therapy for; meaning, if you are struggling with Postpartum Depression, find therapists who specialize in that specific issue. Then read their therapist profile and see if there is a therapist that stands out to you as the best fit. Most therapists offer free phone consultations, so call the therapists on your short-list and chat with them for a few minutes to see if you like them. Once you pick a therapist, take a few sessions with them to decide if you feel safe, validated, understood, and comfortable with them. The biggest factor in determining positive outcomes for therapy is the relationship you have with your therapist, so take your time in finding just the right therapist. It pays off in the end!
*How long will I need to be in therapy?
Are you ready for any annoying answer? Here it goes: It depends. Typically, the longer you've been struggling with your issue and the more serious the issue/mental illness, the longer it will take in therapy to improve. However, the harder you work in therapy and the more active you are in using what you learn during the week(s) between therapy, the faster you feel better. When you meet with your therapist, they should be able to give you a reasonable approximation of how long therapy will take given your individual situation.
*Why does therapy cost what it costs?
Therapy can be expensive, I completely understand. For the most part, the more education, experience, and training a professional has, the higher the cost for their services. Something to keep in mind is that most physicians charge several hundred dollars (or more) for 5-15 minutes face-to-face with you. A therapist typically charges anywhere from $80-$200 for a full 50-60 minutes, intently listening to you and working with you to improve your life. Minute to minute, therapists are some of the least expensive professionals you can work with. In the end, it comes down to investing in a well-trained professional to improve your mental health, well-being, and relationships for a lifetime.
*Where is your office located?
My office is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Logan's business district. I'm located in Century Square, a great business complex at 95 West 100 South, Suite #360.
*Does therapy work?
The research says that therapy can be an incredible resource in recovering from mental illness, overcoming life difficulties, and improving relationships! The more you put into therapy, the more you get out of therapy. One of the most amazing parts of my job is getting to witness people's lives improving after hard work and time invested in therapy. I've seen my clients make incredible strides and huge changes to better their circumstance. Therapy works!
*Will my health insurance cover my visits?
Here's another annoying "It depends." If you are interested in having insurance cover your therapy, call your insurance provider and ask if your insurance plan covers mental health therapy. If it does, you then can check with your insurance provider (typically on their website) to find a therapist that is a covered provider where you can maximize your benefits. You can also ask about out-of-network provider benefits so you can choose whatever provider you think will be a good fit if you can't find a therapist in your area that meets your needs.
Keep in mind that if you choose to use insurance to cover the cost of your therapy, your insurance company has the right dictate to your therapist how many sessions you can attend, what kind(s) of therapy they can and can't offer, will require you to be diagnosed with a mental illness, and can access your confidential therapy records at any time. I recommend discussing with your therapist the pros and cons of having your insurance company cover your therapy.
At New Beginnings, we've come up with a billing procedure that allows you to utilize some of your insurance benefits without losing control over your therapy process or sacrificing your confidentiality. If you are interested in this as an option, please let me know and I'm happy to talk you through the simple process.
*How do I get started?
You can contact me via my Contact Us tab, email me, text me, or give me a call. I do my best to return your email, text, or call within 12-24 hours. Call or text me today at (435) 915-NEWU (6398) or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would be honored to help you!