Many kinds of mental health specialists may provide talk therapy. Some common professionals include: psychiatrists (MD), psychologists (PhD, PsyD, EdD, MS), social workers (DSW, MSW, LCSW, LICSW, CCSW), counselors (MA, MS, LMFT, LCPC), or psychiatric nurses (APRN, PMHN). Your ability to talk honestly and openly with your therapist, set clear goals and make real progress are the most important things. Many people are apprehensive about seeing a therapist, but there is absolutely no need to be. Think of your relationship with your therapist as a partnership. The two of you will work together to help you see the world differently, become more adaptive in how you react to life stressors and ultimately have greater self-respect and feel better. You do not need to feel ashamed or embarrassed about talking openly and honestly about your feelings and concerns.
1. What is his or her expertise?
Many therapists are qualified to help you in many different situations, but some therapists fill specific roles or deal with specific subjects within therapy. There are marriage counselors, child therapists, family therapists, therapists who specialize in certain disorders and so on. If you want to see a therapist for a specific issue, it might be a good idea to find a specialist in that area.
2. What type of therapy does your therapist do?
Some therapist specialize in one kind of therapy others pull from various schools of therapy. Cognitive therapy helps individual change their thinking about life’s problems and helps individuals find better perspectives to see themselves others and the world. Dynamic therapist help you understand the good reasons you are doing what you do in the context of your past upbringing. Client centered therapist focus on helping individual truly understand their own problems through careful listening in a non-judgemental setting. Skills based therapist help you cope with life by teaching a variety of skills, “mindfulness, relaxation, deep breathing etc. Most therapist are “Eclectic” which means they pull from various schools of thought to do the best they can do for their clients. Over years of experience therapists develop certain ways of dealing with patients and approaching their issues. You should speak with your therapist about how he or she plans to treat you to make sure you are comfortable with the approach.
4. What would my appointment schedule be?
Your appointment schedule will be determined by the recommended type of therapy for your specific needs. More intensive therapy might call for multiple appointments per week, while less intensive therapy might be once a month. We are flexible about appointment times and dates. Call our office to find out what times are available.
5. Will I see a psychiatrist?
Every individual who comes to our clinic has one has one important goal: finding a more adaptive, helpful way to achieve a meaningful life. Therapist will address this common issue. Sometime, however, patients may have a medical or biochemical reason they are not feeling well. In these cases, individuals are referred to a psychiatrist, or Nurse practitioner for a medical and psychiatric evaluation. Based on the findings of this evaluation a patient may be advised to stop a medication, start a medication or be given other medical recommendations to address a “brain chemistry issue”.