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    What is therapy like?

     Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly).

    It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life. Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest things you can do outside of therapy to support your process – such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors, or taking action on your own goals. People seeking psychotherapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives, and take responsibility for their lives.

    Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?

    Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and a psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist’s office. Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent”. Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team but by law, your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.

    However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:

    * Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.

    * If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threatened to harm another person.

    What to expect from therapy?

    Taking the first step to consider therapy could be the most difficult decision you have taken, and as a psychotherapist, I aim to provide a safe and comfortable environment for you to talk about any issue you may be struggling with. While getting started may be hard, I strive to make it as simple as possible, so we can work together to explore your history, understand your current situation and concerns, and work in helping you to reach your goals. I will be with you to create a path to healing by discovering the challenges, gaining insight into self, and releasing the chain that tight us suffer. 

    Some of the benefits available from therapy include:

    • Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
    • Developing skills for improving your relationships
    • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
    • Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
    • Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
    • Improving communications and listening skills
    • Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
    • Deepening relationships within your marriage, friendships, and with family members
    • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence

    What to expect from the trauma sessions?

    One of the approaches that I like to work with is called Traumatic Incident Reduction TIR.

    It involves re-experiencing past traumas to process them in a completely safe environment, free of distractions, judgments, or interpretations.

    • Relief from anxiety, guilt, and dread of what the future may bring.
    • Reduction of intrusive thoughts of past traumatic incidents; these incidents lose their power over you.
    • Relief from the sometimes overwhelming pain of bereavement and reconnecting with the love you felt for a lost loved one. 
    • Relief from second-guessing what you should have or shouldn’t have done in a crisis. 

    Who attends therapy ?

    Therapy can be helpful for everyone at different points in your life. It is meant to be a safe place for you to discuss your thoughts and feelings, address the unresolved issues in your life, and work towards an achievable goal. Together will work through the challenges in your life that are keeping you stuck and are getting in the way of you living the life you deserve.

    How often does therapy occurs and how long is each session?

    Every therapy session at Aventurine Counseling and Coaching is 60 minutes. Trauma sessions are 120 minutes. Sessions occur every week, however, biweekly sessions are also available. While this option may be more convenient for your schedule, most clients tend to experience greater progress and change when meeting more frequently.

    Are the sessions going to be via telehealth or in person?

    The sessions will be via telehealth but in exceptional cases, we can meet face to face. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me. 

    Are sessions covered by insurance?

    I'm currently out of network with insurance. However, if you receive Out of Network (OON) benefits from your insurance coverage I can offer a monthly statement with appropriate details for you to request reimbursement from your insurance carrier if applicable, or I can provide you a receipt at the end of each session, which you can submit to your insurance company. Depending on your out-of-network benefits, you might be eligible to get anywhere from 50-80% of your session cost reimbursed. Call your insurance company to ask about your benefits and to see if you have a deductible for mental health services. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. 

    How long would I be in therapy?

    Therapy is a unique journey and one that is difficult to predict since everyone enters therapy for a different reason. I believe that you are always transforming, learning, and growing into your greatest selves. Therefore, you may go to therapy once to deal with a specific issue, attend periodically throughout your life, or may find it helpful to continue on an ongoing basis. Either way, we can work together to find a structure that suits your needs while working to achieve your goals. 

    What forms of payment do you accept?

    I accept payment via debit or credit card, at the end of each session. In certain circumstances, you may qualify for a lower fee.