Everyone goes through challenging situations at times and it is important to know that help is available. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits, giving you the tools and support you need for coping, healing damaging patterns, and for overcoming the challenges you face.
People have many different motivations for coming to psychotherapy. Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are having difficulty handling stressful circumstances. Some people need assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts and creative blocks. Therapy can help provide some much needed encouragement and help with skills to get them through these periods. Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life. In short, people seeking psychotherapy are ready to meet the challenges in their lives and ready to make changes in their lives.
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly). It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life. Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process - such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals. People seeking psychotherapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.
During the first session, we will go over the intake forms, including the informed consent, agreements, and policies. I will also obtain a biopsychosocial history and conduct an assessment/evaluation to obtain information relating to your current issue or challenges. This information will help me to formulate any diagnostic info required and to provide the basis for the goals for therapy which we will collaborate together in forming.
~~Private/self pay is also accepted. Some find that there are major advantages to private/self pay.
•Working with the therapist of your choice whether they are in-network or not,
•More privacy with your diagnostic info
•More control over length and type of therapy
~~Many health insurance plans are accepted, including PEIA,Highmark BC/BS (all plans), Blue Cross Blue Shield, Health Plan, Aetna, Aetna Student, Geisinger, and CHIP. Please call for more info about your individual insurance plan. I am willing to work with you and your insurance company in whatever way possible for you to receive the services you need in an affordable way.
Out of network patients may also receive therapy services at the office.
You may find it helpful to contact your insurance company so you are aware of what benefits you have.
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