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Counseling versus coaching – What’s the difference and what do I need?
Counseling at TAKE 2 consists of helping our clients address and explore past and present issues, feelings, beliefs and behaviors that may be impairing their ability to function well. Unless and until these problems are resolved it will be difficult for anyone to make significant changes in their lives. Once clients feel understood and supported, then they can start taking action to change their circumstances.
Coaching at TAKE 2 consists of helping clients achieve their future goals. Coaching clients are in a good place mentally and emotionally, and ready to receive guidance and instruction on how to make changes that will help them achieve their goals. The work focuses on creating and maintaining motivation for change, exploring obstacles to change, and creating plans for change.
When you contact us, we will help you decide which service meets the criteria for your goals.
Out of Network Provider and Insurance Information: What will it cost?
We are an out-of-network provider. Please check with your insurance carrier prior to treatment if you plan to submit forms for reimbursement. A Superbill will be provided to the client when requested. Payment is made at the time of service by cash, check, or credit card.
Many insurance plans provide out-of-network benefits to their members. We can assist you with obtaining benefit information and will also provide you with all documents necessary to file for reimbursement. If you choose to contact your insurance company on your own for benefit information, the following questions can be helpful to ask. Please do not hesitate to contact us for additional information.
- Do I have out-of-network mental health benefits?
- What is my out-of-network deductible and has it been met?
- What is the coverage amount per session with out-of-network provider?
- How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
- How do I obtain reimbursement for therapy sessions with an out-of-network provider?
- Is pre-authorization from my physician required?
What can I expect at my first appointment?
The initial appointment will average between 60-75 minutes. A complete individual and family history will be obtained, including psychiatric and medical history, occupational, educational, and social information. This information is used to help create a treatment plan based on the unique goals of the individual.
Treatment will focus on strengths to help promote self-determination, independence, and resiliency among adolescents and young adults. All of these pieces, past and present, are important; as they contribute to the person you are today. Therapy is then individualized to meet the needs of each person.
How long is a session?
An individual or couple’s therapy session is 45 minutes and a family session is 60 minutes. There is a $50 fee for ‘no shows’ or cancellations made less than 24 hours before the appointment.
Is counseling right for me?
Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues, or problems with anxiety or depression. 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 counsel 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 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.
What is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker?
Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSWs) are licensed at the clinical level, in their state of jurisdiction, to practice independently. After completing a master’s program at an accredited school of Social Work, they complete a minimum of two full-time years of post-masters, supervised clinical training and must pass a licensing exam.
LCSWs provide psychotherapy to address interpersonal and/or family conflicts; life management issues; and behavioral/emotional disturbances. LCSWs are qualified to assess, diagnose, and treat mental illness.
Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my struggles.
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’re at 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.
How can therapy help me?
A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy 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 therapy
- 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
- Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
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 around fifty 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 reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. It is important process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life between sessions. 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:
- 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
Is medication a substitute for therapy?
In some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what’s best for you. It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness.
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. Exceptions include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependant 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.