How can therapy help me?  What can I expect in therapy?

Contrary to popular belief, therapy is not laying on a couch recounting your dreams.  In therapy sessions, we will address your primary areas of concern or areas in your life in which you are feeling “stuck”.  We may discuss your personal history relevant to your issue, and your current relationships or current events in your life.

Therapy can be helpful in a variety of ways.  As a non-judgmental, unbiased party, your therapist at The Counseling Collective can offer you new perspectives or possible solutions to your problems.  Reserving time to self-reflect can help you overcome roadblocks.  Therapy is most helpful if you are an active participant, meaning your therapist may ask you to pay attention to certain behaviors, keep a journal, or try to implement new strategies.  If you are ready to make positive changes in your life, therapy can help.

Can I self pay for sessions?

In order to use insurance benefits, we would need to let the insurance company know about your mental health. Sometimes, clients do not want their mental health on their medical record and want to take more control over their treatment. Self paying for sessions allows us more freedom to address what you really want to work on, since services such as business consulting, couples therapy, and career counseling are offered as self pay services. Not using your insurance increases your privacy by minimizing your exposure of personal health information. If you’d like to better understand your options for self paying, please contact our office.

When should I consider therapy?

Read a helpful blog addressing this question here.

Are my sessions confidential?

Yes, your therapist will not disclose any information discussed without your written permission, except in some certain circumstances.  Your therapist is a mandated reporter, meaning we must report incidences of suspected child abuse.  Additionally, if we have reason to believe that you will harm yourself or others immediately, we must break confidentiality in an effort to maintain everyone’s safety.

Do you take insurance, and how does that work? 

The Counseling Collective does accept some insurances and Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs), and we would recommend calling your insurance provider initially to determine if you have mental health coverage.  Check your coverage carefully. We can also assist you with this, as insurance can sometimes be tricky to understand.   Some helpful questions you can ask them: 

  • What are my mental health benefits? Do I have a copay or must I reach a deductible?

  • How many therapy sessions does my plan cover per year?

  • Is prior approval required from my primary care physician?

  • Is The Counseling Collective considered in-network?

  • Does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider, and if so, what out of network benefits do I have?