How long does therapy take?
The length of treatment depends on the duration, intensity and frequency of your symptoms. In other words, how long has this been a problem? (duration) How severe is it? (intensity) How often is it happening? (frequency) Some people come to therapy for just a few sessions and feel they have dealt with the issues that brought them there. Although just about everyone begins to feel some relief from their symptoms within a few sessions, some feel the need to come to therapy for several months or longer.
Do you take insurance?
Depending on your plan, your insurance may reimburse for a portion of your services. Please contact me at 702-245-6677 to find out how to go about verifying your benefits. I will be happy to help you with this.
How do I pick a good therapist?
One of the most reliable ways to to find a good therapist is to obtain a referral from a trusted friend or coworker. Or ask your physician who he or she recommends. It is also a good idea to meet with a therapist once to make sure that you feel comfortable with that person. Interview a few therapists before choosing one. Ask therapists about their style, philosophy and treatment approaches.
What are your groups like?
Groups are an hour and a half in length and consist of 45 minutes of teaching on a topic and about 45 minutes devoted to discussion and support.
What happens in a therapy session?
What happens in a session is different from client to client. What may be effective for an adolescent may not be for an adult. Adult sessions tend to be more talk-oriented. Make sure you tell your therapist what you want to achieve as a result of working with them and be sure to make a plan as to how to get there.
Do you have a cancellation policy?
Yes. If you need to, please cancel your appointment 24 hours in advance of your appointment to avoid incurring a fee for your session.
How do I know when my therapy is completed?
It is always your choice whether or not you want to continue or stop therapy. I may encourage continuing therapy if I feel it is in your best interest. We will establish a list of goals together. Sometimes achieving these goals is hard work.
What kinds of records are kept, and how is my privacy protected?
Written records are kept in compliance with state law and the ethics of the therapy profession. This includes basic contact information, progress notes, and treatment records.
Who has access to my records?
Only myself, and my clerical staff have access to your records unless you sign a release of information.
How does confidentiality work? And when does it not apply?
Everything that is discussed in session is kept in the strictest confidence. This means that anything we discuss is private, and even the fact that you are coming in for therapy as a client is held in confidence. There may be times, however, when this confidentiality may not apply. First, if you sign a release of information to discuss your case with anyone else. If if is pertinent to your care, I may ask to speak with your primary physician or any other treating professional. Secondly, I may be compelled by law to reveal information. For example, in court cases, my records may be demanded by way of a court order or subpoena. Third, I have an ethical duty to warn any identifiable individual or group of individuals if I have a reasonable suspicion that you intend to do serious harm to yourself or someone else. The case of danger to yourself, I am obligated by ethical and legal code to break confidentiality in order to ensure the client’s safety through proper care. Such care can include admittance to a hospital emergency room or other qualified, emergency mental health care facility.
What should I do if I believe I am a serious danger to myself or someone else?
Call 911 or proceed to your nearest Emergency Room. You can also contact Montevista Hospital at 702-364-1111 or go to their website at www.montevistahospital.com.