Is therapy right for me?

Seeking out therapy can sometimes be difficult. First of all, there are a multitude of reasons why individuals decide to come to therapy. Sometimes individuals who find help at Trinity have struggled with personal and emotional difficulties that they have not been able to resolve. Working with a counselor can help to provide insight, support, and new types of strategies for all kinds of life challenges. Therapy can help to address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, marital and relationship issues, parenting, child and adolescent concerns, conflict, grief, stress management, trauma, and general life transitions. Individuals, children, adolescents, couples, parents, and families can count on the professional counselors and staff at Trinity Family Counseling to guide them through any of these processes.

Do I really need therapy?  I can usually handle my problems on my own.

Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you have faced, there is nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it.  Therapy can provide long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to move beyond present challenges and circumstances.  It is always helpful to seek support when things become more than we can handle on our own.

How can therapy help me?

There are many benefits that result from participating in psychotherapy. Therapists are able to provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for a variety of issues. Many individuals also find that counselors can be a tremendous support in helping them through difficult times with interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, parenting struggles, and the various stresses of daily life.
Our therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem, or point you in the direction of possible solutions to your specific challenge. While counselors are there to guide and support you, the benefits you obtain from therapy largely depend on how well you use the process and your willingness to put into practice what you learn.

What is therapy like?

Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. It is standard for therapists to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during therapy sessions. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts around fifty minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. It is important to process what has been discussed, and to integrate it into your daily life in between sessions. For therapy to be most effective, you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions. Individuals seeking psychotherapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work toward change, and create greater awareness in their lives.

Is medication a substitute for therapy?

In some cases, a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action.  It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems, and the pain they cause, cannot be solved by medication alone. Instead of simply treating the symptoms, 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.

Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?

Trinity Family Counseling, L.L.C. is a fee-based professional counseling service. While our counselors are in-network with most insurance companies, it is wise to contact your insurance provider to determine your coverage. As a courtesy to our clients, we submit insurance claims for you. In the event that you do not possess insurance or have limited coverage, our counselors will make every effort to accommodate your situation. We do offer a sliding-fee scale.

To determine if you have mental health coverage, the first thing you should do is call your insurance company. Check your coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions:

  • What are my mental health benefits?
  • What is my co-pay?
  • How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
  • How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
  • Is approval required from my primary care physician?
  • Is a pre-authorization number required? If so, what is it?

Is therapy confidential?

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and counselor. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client.

However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the police.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measure may need to be taken.