|DO I NEED THERAPY?
Are you considering seeking therapy, but are unsure whether it's necessary or the right choice for you? If certain issues have been causing tension or difficulty in your life, and you aren't sure what to do or how to make the necessary changes, therapy can help. If you have been feeling dissatisfied, down, depressed, worry a lot, or are not caring for yourself, therapy can be beneficial.
Dealing with your problems with the help of a professional can get you out of that rut, and into a more productive pattern. Almost anyone who is struggling in any area of his or her life can benefit from seeking professional help from a therapist.
HOW WILL THERAPY HELP MY FAMILY AND ME?
The benefits of therapy really depend on the difficulties you or your family are experiencing. For individuals, we can help in a number of different ways by helping you understand your emotional difficulties, change disruptive or damaging behaviors, modify long-standing patterns in life, or develop specific skills for dealing with problems, coping, anger expression, among others.
Many individuals experience anxiety, depression or misuse substances. These issues are the “common cold” of mental health. Therapy can help you learn new ways to manage your thinking and your behavior that will help you handle these problems. In addition, there are a wide variety of other challenges that can be very difficult, including chronic disorders and personality disorders. We can help diagnose and treat those as well.
Family therapy involves having all the members living in the home participate in and attend the sessions. We begin by assessing the strengths in the family and begin to build on the areas that may need strengthening. Families can struggle with a wide variety of issues including dealing with developing children that are having problems with grades, behavior problems, substance abuse by a teenager or an adult in the family, relocating, or starting a new phase of school life.
We believe in empowering parents to be in charge of the family and helping couples acquire new tools to do so. We teach new communication skills to help each member of a family express their needs and learn how to listen to the other members within the family. If necessary, our staff can provide individualized assessment and testing to determine if there are learning disabilities or attention difficulties. Our overall goal is to help you and your family achieve improved functioning and a more satisfying life experience.
HOW LONG WILL THERAPY TAKE?
The length of time can vary greatly based on several factors, including client motivation, the therapist’s skill and experience, and whether you are addressing more short-term reduction of symptoms or longer-term personal growth issues.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The cost of therapy can vary greatly depending on whether you go to a public or private agency, the provider you choose to work with, their level of experience, and their licensing level and status. At Community Counseling Group, we have different levels of providers (Psychologists, Registered Interns), so we can have some flexibility with our fee structure. Because fee structures do change, please call for details specific to your situation.
Ultimately, you often get what you pay for, and investing in yourself may be the most important thing you can do for yourself, your family, and friends.
|DOES INSURANCE PAY FOR THERAPY?
Most insurance companies provide mental health
benefits; some benefits are minimal, and others
are quite good. In order for us to set realistic
treatment goals and priorities, it is important to
evaluate what resources you have available to
pay for your treatment. Your therapist will fill out
forms and provide you with whatever assistance
they can in helping you receive the benefits to
which you are entitled; however, you (not your
insurance company) are responsible for full pay-
ment of all fees incurred. It is very important that
you find out exactly what mental health services
your insurance policy covers.
You should carefully read the section in your
insurance coverage booklet that describes mental
health services. If you have questions about the
coverage, call your plan administrator. Of course
your therapist will provide you with whatever
information they can based on their experience
and will be happy to help you in understanding
the information you receive from your insurance
company. If it is necessary to clear confusion,
your therapist will be willing to call the company
on your behalf.
HOW OFTEN DO WE MEET?
In general, meetings are scheduled for 45 to 50
minutes (one appointment hour of 45-50 minutes
duration) per week at a time that is mutually
agreed upon. Depending on the situation, meet-
ings may be longer or more frequent.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
If you are on our website, just give us a call at
310.273.7000 and leave your name and telephone
number. One of our therapists will return your call
shortly. At that time, you may ask any questions
you wish and give us a brief description of your
situation. You may also schedule a mutually con
venient appointment if you would like to proceed
further with therapy.
HOW DO I SELECT A THERAPIST?
Having a good "fit" is essential to the success of
the therapeutic experience. You are more likely to
benefit from therapy if you feel that you can talk
openly and honestly with your therapist and that
can understand you. The therapist should maintain
a friendly and professional demeanor at all times.
Perhaps the most important factor in a good out-
come is your therapist’s personality and your
comfort level with him or her. Pay attention to
how attentively they respond to your requests and
your individual progress. Sometimes it is necessary
to interview more than one therapist until you feel
you are comfortable and safe.
WHAT IF I LEFT THERAPY AND WANT TO RETURN?
If you have been happy with your treatment, call
your therapist to determine if he/she will be able
to treat you further. This is not unusual. A client
may be very happy with the resolution of their
initial concerns and move on. Sometime later they
may decide to look a little further at the patterns
or repetitive behaviors that are the underlying root
of their initial concerns. There is no "right” way to
grow and learn about yourself. In addition, life can
take many twists and turns and present new chal-
lenges, some of which may require professional
WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL OR RESCHEDULE?
Once an appointment hour is scheduled, it is
reserved for you. You will be expected to pay for
that session unless you provide 24 hours advance
notice of cancellation [unless you and your therapist
agree that you were unable to attend due to circ-
umstances beyond your control]. If it is possible,
your therapist will try to find another time that
same week to reschedule the appointment.