How do I know I need the help of a mental health professional?
Therapy is a very personal choice and process. If how you feel or behave is affecting your personal and/or professional life, the help of a mental health professional can have a profound effect on how you approach and achieve desired changes. Therapy can help you heal from past or current issues. A therapist can help identify patterns that you may not have otherwise become aware of in order to find relief from troublesome issues.
Can I have my sessions by email, telephone, or Skype?
Yes, but only using VSee, which is a HIPPA compliant app. It would be up to you to ensure your space is private. We would first discuss this method in a face-to-face session. Email, telephone and Skype, or any social media, place your privacy at risk. We can communicate through phone, text and email for scheduling purposes or quick questions, but therapeutic growth happens in sessions.
How long and how often do I need to attend therapy?
This depends on you and your goals and the rapport being established between you and your therapist. As you move through the process, how long and how often you attend are conversations you will have with your therapist. A therapist will have a general idea of how long you'll be in therapy, but again, a lot depends on you.
How do I know my therapist isn't sharing my information?
Everything you say is confidential. I strongly believe that you must feel you trust me in order for us to build a strong counseling relationship. Confidentiality is key to building that relationship. However, I am bound by law to report the following:
If you threaten to harm yourself
If you threaten to harm someone else
Suspected child or elder abuse (past or present) – if you are a victim or perpetrator.
By court order
If you sign a Release of Information