Frequently Asked Questions
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Frequently asked questions
Why do people seek therapy?
People come to therapy for many reasons. Some people need to respond to unexpected changes in their lives, while others seek self-exploration and personal growth. When coping skills are overwhelmed by guilt, doubt, anxiety, or despair, therapy can help! Therapy can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping for issues such as depression, anxiety, lack of confidence, relationship trouble, unresolved childhood issues, bereavement, spiritual conflicts, stress management, body image issues, and creative blocks. People seeking psychotherapy are willing to work towards self-chance and create greater awareness in their lives.
What is therapy like?
How can therapy help me?
What can I expect in my therapy session?
During session you are expected to talk about the primary concerns and issues in your life. A session lasts 50 minutes, but some people request longer sessions. Usually, weekly sessions are best. Some people who are in crisis or extreme distress need more than one session per week, at least until the crisis passes. During the time between sessions, it is beneficial to think about the process that was discussed. At times, you may be asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book. For therapy to work, you must be an active participant, both in and outside of the therapy sessions.
What benefits can I expect from working with a therapist?
What do the letters mean at the end of the counselor’s name?
Often a counselor will list the initials as the type of education they have received, such as MA for Master’s of Arts in Counseling. Next, they will list the first letters of the type of licensure they have, for example, LMHC, which is a licensed mental health counselor or LMFT which is licensed marriage and family therapist. Licensed counselors have met the requirements of the state licensing board in which they practice in order to be licensed as a counselor. Licensed counselors are also required to maintain a certain number of hours in continuing education.
How can I pay for services?
Cash, check, debit, or credit card is accepted. We do require a valid credit or debit card to be kept on record.
What do I need to bring with me on my first visit?
Please download the forms for your counselor only. Please be sure to complete them prior to you first session... print, complete, and bring them with you to your first appointment. Should you not be able to do this, please arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled appointment in order to complete the forms before your session.
Do I need to take medications?
Licensed counselors in the state of FL are not legally authorized to prescribe medications. Counselors may refer clients to meet with a psychiatrist to determine whether medication management would be of benefit. However, a psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in the treatment of mental health. They are able to assess and prescribe you medication, if needed.
Does my health insurance reimburse me for your fees?
We are considered "Out of Network" providers for most insurance companies. Some health insurance companies will reimburse, as long as it is provided by a licensed professional in the state of Florida. Before scheduling an appointment, call your insurance company to inquire if your type of plan provides for reimbursement for “out of network” providers. If your plan does provide reimbursement, we will be happy to provide you with the necessary documentation to submit to your insurance company.
How long and how many times a week is a typical session?
A therapy session is a 50 minute “hour”. This allows for proper preparation and documentation time before and after each session. Most clients are seen once a week in the initial stages of therapy. As a client progresses, the time between therapy sessions increases to every two weeks or once a month. We encourage all clients to play an active role in determining how often they would like to meet.
Will I go in with my child?
At LTC we like to keep the communication open between all parties involved (child, parent(s), therapist), while also making sure the child knows that their confidentiality will be kept between them and their counselor.
What is an intensive?
An Individual or Marital Intensive is a way to really dig deep and get more healing and work accomplished in a shorter amount of time. You and your therapist will discuss in advance what your goals and desires are for your intensive. Your intensive ill be personalized for you and your specific situation!