What is Exposure Therapy?
Exposure therapy can be thought of as “going on offense against the anxiety” and has been shown to be an integral component of the evidence-based treatment of anxiety disorders. It is often thought of as the “active ingredient” of fear reduction. The patient is always in control of the process. We work together to create a hierarchy of feared/avoided situations, and together decide on the order of the activities to and when to move on to the next activity. Eventually the patient will complete “exposure homework” in which he/she confronts the fear in a preplanned fashion. To learn more click here.
How Long Will I Need Therapy?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counseling can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counseling in the first place.
Is Therapy Right For Me?
People use therapy for many different reasons. Sometimes it is for help with psychological or mood problems such as anxiety or depression. Sometimes it is for help in making a change, such as becoming more effective at communicating in relationships, body image issues, or certain phobias. Sometimes an unexpected change throws us into a difficult situation, such as divorce or a work transition. Many people seek out therapy as a space for personal growth and value the support and honest feedback of a therapist. Therapy is right for anyone interested in cultivating a life with more insight, flexibility and resilience.
What is the difference between Licensed therapists, pre-licensed, and interns?
Our licensed clinicians have completed their degrees and supervision hours. They can practice independently without formal supervision. Our licensed clinicians have received specialty training in evidence-based treatment in their specialities, and are active in the Nashville mental health community.
Works Counseling Center Pre-licensed clinicians have completed their coursework and obtained their advanced degree (Master’s or PhD). However, all professional fields in mental health require a certain number of supervised hours before a therapist can become fully licensed. Pre-licensed clinicians are in the process of obtaining these hours. Pre-licensed therapists are under supervision with an approved supervisor weekly. These supervisors are off site and used in a HIPAA complaint manner. The supervisors will not be sitting in your sessions.
Our student interns are currently pursuing advanced degrees in the field of mental health at CACREP accredited universities across the US. In addition to coursework through their university, they are supervised by a licensed clinician at the our center and receive 1-2 hours of formal supervision per week.
How is this different than talking to a best friend?
When we don’t completely understand what therapy is, it’s easy to assume it won’t be more beneficial than talking to a friend. Like a relationship with a friend, seeing a therapist involves conversing with someone, being vulnerable and maybe receiving advice. These aspects of therapy are, however, only a small part of the experience. Once you learn the differences between working with a therapist and talking to a friend, it will be easy to see how therapy might be worth the investment. It’s more than paying to chat with someone, and it carries less risks than treating your friends like therapists.
Here are some aspects of therapy that provide long-term value and go beyond the kind of chatting you could do with a friend:
- Learning how to better manage emotions
- Challenging negative beliefs that negatively affect your life
- Learning new perspectives on situations and people
- Learning how to improve good relationships and avoid toxic ones
- Identifying negative and positive behaviors, decisions and patterns
- Understanding how your past is affecting the present
- Reducing symptoms of mental illness
- Preventing the development of mental illnesses
- Learning therapeutic techniques such as breathing techniques and journaling
- Learning to be more authentic and understand who you are
What benefits can I expect to see from therapy?
A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy. Often it is helpful just to know that someone understands. Therapy can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. Many people find therapy to be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, and the hassles of daily life. 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 and your personal goals and values
- Developing skills for improving your relationships
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
- Find new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Managing anger, depression, and other emotional pressures
- Improving communication skills – learn how to listen to others, and have others listen to you
- Getting “unstuck” from unhealthy patterns – breaking old behaviors and develop new ones
- Discovering new ways to solve problems
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
Do you accept insurance?
We are not a provider for insurance panels. Upon your request, a superbill will be provided which you can submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement. There is no guarantee they will approve the superbill. You may want to call your insurance provider first to inquire about these benefits and whether you must meet a deductible before your benefits kick in. We are not responsible for follow up with the insurance.
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 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 and the person in danger.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety and in rare cases this requires contact to family members or other service providers.
Will you tell me what happens in my child’s therapy session?
No. It is essential that your child knows that what is shared in the session is private. It must be their decision as to what they choose to share with you. However, rest assured that your child’s counselor will update you on a regular basis as to what would be helpful for you to be aware of or to focus on at home. Your child’s counselor will meet with you once every 5 sessions or so to share what themes they are seeing and how you can best support your child. In the event of a safety concern, we will always tell you immediately, even if they aren’t quite ready to tell you themselves. Safety is of the utmost importance.
Contact us today so we can work to get you back on course where your roots grow firmly, and your seeds blow freely.