FAQsFrequently Asked Questions
What is therapy like?
Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. It is standard for therapists to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during therapy sessions. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts fifty or ninety minutes. 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 practicing techniques discussed in session or keeping records to track certain behaviors. For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions. People seeking psychotherapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives.
Here are some things you can expect out of therapy with Dr. Veronica:
- Compassion, respect and understanding
- Perspectives to illuminate persistent patterns and negative feelings
- Real strategies for enacting positive change
- Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance
- Respectful of faith and spirituality as resources to healing and well-being
Do you only work with a faith based approach?
I integrate faith or spirituality only when it is appropriate and of value to you. If a person does not use faith or spirituality as a resource in their lives, then an approach that integrates these resources would not be appropriate. I am able to provide effective and appropriate clinical resources and strategies without integrating a faith-based approach if that is your preference
Is therapy confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client. However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule.
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the police.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.
What is "integrated" therapy?
Integrated therapy is an approach that values the benefits that faith, spirituality, mind & body practices bring to healing and wellbeing. For example, for clients whose spiritual or religious beliefs are important to them, these values, beliefs and practices can be integrated into therapy as tools in their healing and wellbeing. In the same way, techniques that utilize the body such as meditation and mindfulness, can be integrated into therapy to help reduce stress, depression and anxiety.
My integrated approach to therapy utilizes what is meaningful to the client without forcing anyone to utilize techniques they’re not interested in.
Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle problems on my own...
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you’ve faced, there’s nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you are in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.
Therapy is also an effective and valuable resource for personal growth in general. My approach to this type of therapy incorporates life coaching techniques to target areas of growth and assist you in implementing these strategies in your life to achieve your goals in the area of personal growth and well-being.
Do you accept insurance?
I am not on insurance panels therefore I am considered an “out-of-network provider”. To determine if you have mental health coverage with out-of-network providers you will need to contact your insurance carrier to find out. if my services are covered.
Check your coverage carefully and find the answers to the following questions:
What are my mental health benefits? What is the coverage amount per therapy session? How many therapy sessions does my plan cover? How much does my insurance reimburse me for an out-of-network provider? Is approval required from my primary care physician?
If your insurance carrier reimburses you for out-of-network providers you will need to pay the full fee at the time of service. I will provide you with a statement of services (invoice) with the information the insurance company requires. You will then need to submit this to your insurance carrier for reimbursement.