Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I need therapy?
There are so many reasons why clients seek therapy. Some are looking to create more meaning or happiness in their life. Some are looking to find relief from problems or behaviors that are preventing them from reaching their true potential. It’s okay to come in to therapy not even being sure of what you need. Whether you need clarity or relief, therapy is a safe space to build insight and let go of any patterns that are keeping you stuck. We often encourage clients to think of therapy as any other activity (such as exercise) they might engage in, to take the best care of themselves. Deciding to start therapy is taking the first step toward building a happier, more peaceful life.
How does therapy start?
Therapy begins with a conversation about what is bothering you and what you hope to get out of your sessions. It is an opportunity to explore your own ideas for change, in a safe, nonjudgemental space. We aim to learn as much as we can about you, so that we can help you become the best version of yourself.
How do I know if you are the right therapist for me?
Finding the right therapist can be an overwhelming process. It is important that you work with someone whose style and approach are a good match for your needs. Some therapists, myself included, provide a 5-10 minute phone consultation free of charge. This is a great way to test the waters and make the decision that is best for you. We consider the first few sessions as a consultation period, in which we solidify our commitment to work together or decide upon an alternative path.
How many sessions does therapy require?
This is a very common question, that is very difficult to answer. The number of sessions needed varies from client to client, depending upon reasons for seeking support as well as the speed at which they are comfortable making changes in their lives. In the initial session, the necessary information is gathered to make specific recommendations for each case. Therapy goals are formulated and mutually agreed upon. Every 4-8 weeks, goals are reassessed and adjusted as needed in order to promote successful outcomes and ensure client satisfaction.
Do you accept insurance?
Our practice is self-pay, meaning clients pay therapist’s fees on the day of service by cash, check or credit card. Some clients choose to submit statements to their insurance companies and are able to obtain partial or full reimbursement for services. This decision is typically based upon the individual plan a client has, as well as their privacy preferences. Best Self Inc. provides the paperwork necessary for this process electronically, at the clients’ request.
How do I know if my child needs therapy?
Our experience working with a wide range of problems occurring in childhood and adolescence, allows us to help you identify any need for intervention. This decision is typically based upon family history and interview, developmental milestones, the severity of the problem and the level of impact it has on their functioning. If your child’s emotional, social, behavioral or academic performance is being affected, it’s a good time to discuss it with a professional.
Can you prescribe medications?
No, but we do help evaluate the need for medication as part of a treatment plan whenever appropriate. We will discuss all of your options at the start of therapy, work on our goals first, and we provide referrals for any other services that may be of benefit to you. With your written consent, we will work closely with your doctor to assist with the medication management process and provide information that may be useful to their decision making process.