How Can Therapy Help Me?
Our 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 therapy beneficial to managing personal growth, improving interpersonal relationships, and addressing family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Our therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution.
While 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:
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals, and your values
- Developing skills for improving your relationships
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
- Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
- Improving communications and listening skills
- Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
- Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
Do I Need Therapy? I Can Usually Handle My Problems.
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life. Even though you may have successfully navigated through previous difficulties you many now find you need extra support. Seeking help is not a sign of weakness; in fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand. This is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting your position in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome the challenges you face.
Why Do People Go to Therapy and How Do I Know If It Is Right For Me?
People seek psychotherapy for a number of reasons. Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), not handling stressful circumstances well. Some people need assistance to manage a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts, and creative blocks. Still others may be ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life.
Therapy can provide much needed encouragement and help you develop skills to get through your struggles, overcome challenges, or reach your goals. In short, if you are ready to address the difficulties in your life and make changes, psychotherapy is for you.
What is Therapy Like?
Because people have different issues and goals for their therapy, each person's therapy will differ depending on the individual. Generally, you can expect to discuss the events currently happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or new insights gained) from the previous therapy session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term for a specific issue, or longer-term to address more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions (usually weekly) with your therapist.
You will get better results from therapy when you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in therapy back into your life. Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest things you can do outside of therapy to support your process, such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals.
What About Medication Versus Psychotherapy?
It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of simply treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. Working with your medical doctor, you can determine what is best for you. In some cases, a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action.
Do You Take Insurance, and How Does That Work?
The Memorial Christian Counseling Center is a self-pay clinic.
None of the therapists in our center participate as members of any insurance panels.
Our fees are based on a sliding scale according to household yearly income.
Yearly Family Income 45 Minute Session
Up to $30,000 $45.00
$50,000 -$75,000 $85.00
$75,000 and above $105.00
What About Confidentiality?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components of the client/psychotherapist relationship. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter, usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist's office. Every therapist should provide a written copy of his or her confidential disclosure agreement (called "Informed Consent"), and you can expect what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone.
Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your physician, naturopath, attorney). By law, your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.
State law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations: Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders requires therapists to report to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources, or if the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threatened to harm another person.
Exceptions to this are noted below.
- If child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse is suspected, the therapist is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s, the therapist must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself, the therapist will make every effort to enlist the client's cooperation to ensure his/her safety. If they do not cooperate, the therapist will take further measures, provided by law and not requiring the client's permission, to ensure the client's safety.