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  • Psychotherapy Appointments (talk therapy)

    Overview

    Psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy, counseling, and therapy, is an approach for treating mental health symptoms by speaking with a psychologist, psychiatric provider, or another mental health provider.

    Psychotherapy assists a patient in understanding specific issues and how one’s thoughts, emotions, and behavior impact their mood. Psychotherapy allows one to learn how to take control of one’s life and respond to stressors with healthy coping skills.

    Common mental health issues/psychiatric conditions include anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, addiction, personality disorder, marital tension, social difficulties, and much more. Not everyone who participates in psychotherapy is diagnosed with a psychiatric condition.

    Types of psychotherapy

    There are a number of treatments modalities that work better than others in treating certain conditions. Your provider will consider your situation and preferences to determine which psychotherapy approach or combination of approaches is best for you. Some psychotherapy methods that have proven to be effective include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Psychoanalysis, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, and Supportive Psychotherapy. Some types of psychotherapy work better than others in treating certain disorders and conditions. 

    Our psychotherapists offer an impressive collection of experience and credentials in several evidence-based treatments for mental health, substance use, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) including:

    Prolonged Exposure (PE)-is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) designed to treat post-traumatic stress disorder.  It is characterized by two main treatment procedures imaginal and in-vivo exposures. 

    Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy (KAP)– Ketamine assisted psychotherapy provides both rapid and effective relief from symptoms and the long-term healing gained from greater self-knowledge, emotional growth, and neural rebalance. 

    Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)-is a therapy that guides the client to replace the negative images in the mind that cause the symptoms of post-traumatic stress with positive images of the client’s choosing.

    Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-is an evidence-based psychotherapy or counseling that aims at addressing the needs of children and adolescents with post traumatic stress disorder and other mental health issues related to experiencing trauma.  

    Brain Spotting-is a type of alternative therapy that uses spots in a person’s visual field to help them process trauma.  

    Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Therapist (ACT)-is a type of mindful psychotherapy that helps you stay focused on the present moment and accept thoughts and feelings without judgments. 

    Motivational Interviewing (MI)- is a counseling method that helps people resolve ambivalent feelings and insecurities to find the internal motivation they need to change their undesired unhealthy behavior like substance use. 

    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)-is a talk therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave.  

    Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) -is a structured therapy that encourages the patient to discuss briefly the trauma memory while simultaneously experiencing bilateral stimulation (eye movements) associated with a reduction in the emotions with the trauma memories. 

    Psychotherapy formats include individual, couple, family or group sessions. These formats can be effective for all age groups.

    Preparing for your first appointment

    We recommend you visit “the team” page to identify which psychotherapist may suite you best. From there, you are encouraged to click “schedule appointment” at the top of our website to schedule your first appointment with the identified provider.

    Once the appointment is scheduled, below are the steps to prepare for your first appointment.

    · please complete the new client registration documentation of which is sent to your email.

    · Insurance benefits will be verified prior to the visit. Your provider can go over your insurance benefits with you during the first visit.

    · If we do not receive the intake paperwork within 48 business hours before the appointment time, the appointment will be cancelled and can be rescheduled for a later date.

    · Before your first appointment, think about what difficulties you’d like to work on. You also can sort this out with your provider but having some sense in advance may provide a good starting point.

    What you can expect at your first psychotherapy visit

    · Your provider will spend about 45-55 minutes reviewing your presenting concerns and gather information about you. You may be asked to complete forms related to physical and emotional health.

    · Your first session is also an opportunity to interview the provider. You will be able to see whether the provider’s approach and personality will work for you.

    · Questions are encouraged during your appointment. If you do not feel comfortable with the provider, try another provider. Having a good fit with your provider is critical for effective treatment.

    · An explanation of your insurance benefits can be discussed with your provider. Please note, this is a quote.

    · If you feel your provider is a good fit, please confirm your next appointment time with the provider. Please note, you are automatically scheduled for recurring appointments (same time and same day of the week each week) with the provider at the start of therapy. The next appointment time can be adjusted at your request.

    · The psychotherapy appointments can be in-person or during a video visit.

    What you can expect with psychotherapy appointments following your first visit

    · Your provider will encourage you to discuss your thoughts and feelings. Don’t worry if you have a hard time discussing this! Your provider can help you gain more confidence and comfort with time.  

    · Psychotherapy can involve intense emotional discussions. You may find yourself crying, becoming upset or even having an angry outburst during a session. You also may feel physically exhausted after a session. Your provider can help you cope with these feelings and emotions.

    · After a session, your provider may ask you to do specific activities or practice what you learned.

    · The number of psychotherapy sessions you need and how frequently you need to see your therapist depends on various factors. Psychotherapy may last a few months, or a few years.

    Confidentiality

    Except in rare cases, conversations with your provider are confidential. But a therapist may break confidentiality if there’s an immediate threat to safety or when state or federal law requires reporting concerns to authorities. Your therapist can answer questions about confidentiality.