The decision to begin therapy can be difficult. We hope that the following can answer some of your questions to help in your decision making process related to the therapeutic process. If you have any other questions, please feel free to call us at Balanced Life Counseling, LLC or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can address your specific questions.
What is the purpose of therapy?
The purpose of therapy is to have a "safe" place to discuss your thoughts and feelings and to begin working towards resolutions to your concerns. Another purpose of therapy is to have a non-judgemental, non-biased individual hear your concerns and give you a space where it is all about you when you come to therapy.
What is my role in the therapy process?
The more active a participant you are in therapy, the greater the benefit. You and your therapist will work together to identify goals for you in therapy, which will provide the framework from which to work in therapy. The work you do outside of therapy, is often just as important as the work you do in therapy. I may assign reading materials or homework to assist you with your goals between sessions. Homework, however, is never mandatory. We will work together on uncovering changes in thinking or behavior may be of benefit to you.
What is my therapist's role in the therapy process?
Your therapist should provide a safe space for you to express your thoughts and feelings, where you feel you can be "yourself", a place for you to work towards resolving problems, listen to your concerns and experiences and help you feel "heard", explore alternative points of view with you, and help you make connections to the interconnectedness of your personal experiences, thoughts and behaviors.
Will my insurance cover therapy?
Most insurance plans have a behavioral health benefit. Oftentimes, you will owe a co-payment at each visit, similar to visits with your family physician. Some plans require pre-authorization for coverage, so be sure to contact your insurance provider prior to your first appointment. When you call your insurance company, you may also want to ask them if you have a deductible, if you have a co-pay and how many sessions are allowed per year. Sometimes they will give you an authorization number to give to your therapy practice for use when submitting the claim.