Frequently Asked Questions
What should I expect during the first session?
When you get to the therapist's office, expect your initial experience to be similar to a doctor's appointment. You will sit in the waiting room and wait for someone to call your name. While waiting, you will fill out some paperwork, including insurance information. If you feel uncomfortable answering any of the questions on paper, you can wait until you are with the therapist and discuss those together.
Your first session with the therapist will be different from future visits. The initial visit is a period for you and your therapist to get to know each other and get an idea of how to proceed. Future visits will be more therapeutic in nature.
How much does it cost to come to therapy?
How much each person pays for therapy depends on multiple factors. These include their insurance coverage, the therapist they are working with, and which services they are receiving. We are in network with most major insurance plans as well as all Louisiana Medicaid plans. For those without insurance coverage, we accept self-pay. A call to our office will provide you with all the information you need.
Is it worth the cost?
For those without insurance coverage, therapy can be a financial commitment. It’s an investment in yourself and your ability to become aware of self-sabotaging patterns and more capable of practicing new, more effective thoughts and behaviors. This ability to think and behave more effectively can profoundly and positively impact your future relationships, your work, your health, and even your finances.
How do I know if you’re the right therapist for me?
Choosing a therapist is a very personal decision. Therapy is only as effective as the relationship between therapist and client. It is important to make yourself familiar with your potential therapist’s education, experience, and areas of expertise to ensure these align with your needs. The next step would be scheduling a session to meet your potential therapist face to face to ask your important questions and get a sense of what it feels like to work together.
How long is a therapy session?
Depending on your therapist, therapy sessions are between 50 to 60 minutes in length unless you are attending an Intensive Therapy Session or Retreat.
How long does therapy last? How will I know when I’m done?
The duration of therapy looks different for everyone. For some, following an acute stressor attending a few sessions is adequate. For others looking to change deeply rooted patterns and belief systems or process through complex traumas, the process may take longer. This will be addressed during the first session with your therapist and will remain an open area of discuss throughout your journey.
I don’t want to just talk about how I’m feeling; I actually want things to change in my life.
There are some big misconceptions that therapy means just talking about the past. While we will create a safe space to talk about your past and the feelings that surface as we explore this, we will actively be working to not only change your present but also your future.
If I go to therapy there must be something wrong with me; I should be able to handle this on my own, right?
Making the decision to seek out therapy isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s a wise act of self-care to reach out for support from professionals when there’s a challenge you need help with. You’d reach out to a doctor for help setting your broken bone or to a lawyer if you needed help filing legal paperwork, wouldn’t you? When it comes to your mental and emotional health it’s no different. Reaching out for professional support is an act of self-care to address the challenges you’re facing.
Is what I share confidential?
Absolutely. What you share with us in sessions is completely confidential except in the case of 1) immediate threat of harm to self or other, 2) suspicion of child or dependent elder abuse, 3) in the case of a court subpoena. We’ll discuss all of this and our other office policies during your initial intake session.
Can you give me any medicine?
No, we do not provide medication services at this practice. After evaluating your situation, we will decide if you need to speak with a psychiatrist who is a MD and is allowed to prescribe medicine. Many of our clients find medication is helpful, but many of them also progress well in therapy without medication.
Why should I go to a trauma specialist rather than a general therapist?
Trauma therapists are trained to recognize the specific effects that trauma has on the brain and its function, the way it manifests through the trauma symptoms, and the rationale for using specific interventions to deal with those symptoms.
For people who have undergone abuse as children, trauma theory also shows how abuse and the circumstances around it interact with child development to create a particular, problematic style of handling life's challenges. Trauma therapy is a focused and a usually effective approach to reversing the many effects of trauma, (such as the intrusive symptoms of PTSD, addictive behaviors, a damaged ability to trust and to enjoy intimacy, etc).