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Common Questions

How can we help you?
 
We have clinical experience and compassionate understanding of those who suffer from challenging mental health issues such as depression, trauma, schizophrenia, bipolar, schizoaffective and variety of personality disorders. The benefits you obtain will depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. 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 help
  • Better relationships among family members
  • 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

Do I really need residential treatment? What can I expect?  
  
In order to have a better understanding of what is involved with going into residential treatment, you are welcome to contact our Clinical Director, Debra Simon, LMFT and discuss any questions you might have, prior to making the decision. People have many different motivations for seeking out residential treatment.   Some may be struggling with the challenges of mental illness. Some may be going through a major life transition or are not handling stressful circumstances well.  Some people need assistance managing a range of other issues such as trauma, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems. We can help provide some much needed encouragement and help with skills to get them through these periods.  Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life.  
 
  
What is therapy like?
 
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. 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.   
 
 
Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
 
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust.   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.
 
State law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except in the following situations:
  • Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, disabled adults, and elders
  • If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threated to harm another person.
 
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