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Common Questions About Therapy



Is therapy right for me?

Seeking out therapy is one of the most important choices that you will ever make. It is very important that you feel comfortable with your therapist and that you learn to trust and communicate with your therapist so that meaningful change can occur.  There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes, it is to deal with long-standing behavioral, emotional or interpersonal issues. Other times, it is in response to unexpected changes in one's life such as a divorce or work transition. Many seek the advice of a therapist as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy can help you address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, body-image issues, and general life transitions. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.  The therapy process is a process of self discovery and self development and it leads to both inner and outer changes in people's lives.  While there are no guarantees offered in the therapy process, we will do everything that we can to assist you to achieve the goals and issue resolution that you are seeking.

What can I expect in a therapy session?

Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. During our therapy sessions, we will most often talk about the primary issues and concerns in your life. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts 45 minutes. Sometimes individuals who are going through a particularly difficult challenge may request more time per session or more than one session per week. 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. Between sessions, it is important that you process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life. For therapy to be most effective, you must be an active participant, both during and between our sessions.  I enjoy working with people and providing them with the tools that they need to take positive action in their lives.  I utilize a variety of therapy approaches that are designed to increase the knowledge, insight and understanding that each client has in their life.

What benefits can I expect from working with a therapist?

Therapy can provide insight and new perspectives into life's challenges and can help create solutions to difficult problems. Many people find that working with a therapist can enhance personal development, improve relationships and family dynamics, and can ease the challenges of daily life. Sometimes, just having someone there to listen is helpful. Overall, people in therapy tend to have lower levels of anxiety and stress, decreased conflict, and an improved quality of life.  Please note that there are no promises or guarantees that your therapist can give to you about the therapy process outcomes.  However, you can expect to focused upon and understand the concerns that you are addressing along with the possible outcomes that exist in your particular situation. 

Some of the benefits available from therapy include:

  • Developing new skills for handling stress and anxiety and other emotions
  • Modifying unhealthy behavior and long-standing habit patterns
  • Attaining insight into personal patterns and behavior along with possible changes
  • Increasing confidence, peace, vitality, and well-being
  • Improving ways to manage anger, depression and moods
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems
  • Navigating life’s obstacles more effectively
  • Improving listening and communication skills
  • Enhancing the overall quality of life

Do you accept insurance and employee assistance programs? How do these programs work?

I accept most insurance and employee assistance programs.  Contact Mrs. Anissa Weiss, at 281-444-2678 and she will determine if I am on your insurance plan or on your employee assistance program.  Some companies provide free employee assistance program counseling sessions to their employees.  Your company human resources department will know if you have free employee assistance program sessions available to you and your family members.  You may also wish to contact your insurance plan as well. To determine if you have mental health coverage, the first thing you should do is check with your insurance carrier. Their number is usually on the back of your insurance card.  Check your insurance coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions:

  • Do I have mental health benefits?
  • What is my deductible and has it been met?
  • How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?
  • How much does my plan cover for an out-of-network provider?
  • What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
  • Is approval required from my primary care physician?
  • What is my session co-payment going to be?

Is therapy confidential?

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a psychotherapist. Information is not disclosed without written permission. However, there are number of exceptions to this rule. Please feel free to ask Dr. Garlock about the current confidentiality laws and limitations that currently exist. These exceptions include:

  • Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  • If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s. The therapist must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
  • If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in insuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, further measures may be taken without their permission in order to ensure their safety.

 

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