Frequently Asked Questions About Psychotherapy
What is the benefit of therapy?
Therapy helps you connect with yourself and use your strengths to work through life’s stumbling blocks. It quiets the noise in your head so that you can attain an objective point of view of your concerns and then make decisions that are the right fit for you. It also helps heal wounds––whether old or new––so you can continue to grow and find fulfillment.
How do I find the right therapist and begin therapy?
It’s easy! You can either contact us via e-mail or call us at 954-876-8001. If you’re uncertain which of our therapists is right for you, let us know and we’ll determine which of us best meets your needs.
What can I expect to happen in my therapy sessions?
As therapists, it is our job to actively listen, reflect and help you identify ways to overcome the barriers that are keeping you from achieving your goals. We employ various creative and fun exercises to provide clarity and help you “get out of your own way”. Many of our clients liken their therapy sessions to sitting in a comfortable living room speaking with someone who feels like an objective and nonjudgmental friend. With a coach by your side to offer support and guidance, you experience immediate feelings of empowerment. You leave energized and challenged to go beyond what you’re used to.
How do children benefit from therapy?
Play therapy and other creative modalities enable children to access their power. They learn they don’t have to act out and that there are coping skills they can use as building blocks for the rest of their lives.
Do children really benefit from therapy?
Yes! Because of their age, children typically carry less baggage than adults. They are inherently open to change and shift their views in fewer sessions than adults.
Just imagine what a huge difference it would have made if you had been able to deal with feeling “left out” at age 5 instead of 45.
Do you take insurance?
Our fee per therapy session (45-50 minutes) is $150. And, yes, we do accept many types of insurance. Because we firmly believe in the life-changing benefits of therapy, we offer a sliding fee scale to clients with special circumstances.
What do you charge for each session?
Our fee per therapy session (45-50 minutes) is $150. We offer a sliding fee scale to clients with special circumstances.
Should family members or significant others be included in my therapy sessions?
That depends on your therapy goals and what you and your therapist think is beneficial. It is often helpful to include the points of view of other people in your life, especially if you have issues with them. The key is feeling safe and secure while doing so. Our comfortable, caring environment allows you to address issues with loved ones you may not feel comfortable doing elsewhere. And remember, you’re not alone. Your therapist is always here to serve as a mediator opening the lines of communication between you and your loved ones.
How long is each session?
A session lasts 45-50 minutes. When necessary, sessions can be extended to an hour and a half. Hypnotherapy sessions range from one to three hours.
How often should I schedule therapy sessions?
Since everyone is different, you and your therapist will discuss what frequency best supports you. Some clients benefit from coming once or twice a week, while those in crisis may find it helpful to come more often or for longer sessions.
How long do I need to continue therapy sessions?
You and your therapist will decide when you have met your therapy goals. At that time, you can choose to end therapy, set new goals or examine other issues that may have surfaced during the process. If, at any time, you choose to end your therapy, please let us know so we can support you in the change you’re making.
Privacy is important, is therapy confidential?
Therapy is completely confidential. The only time we, as therapists, are obligated to break confidentiality is when a client expresses a potential for harm to either himself or herself––or others.
Is it necessary to talk about my childhood?
No. Many therapy approaches, including hypnotherapy, rapid reduction, desensitization and mind-body, work effectively by focusing on the present moment––letting the past inform us only when necessary. As therapists, we work with you to identify what approach works best for you.
What is hypnotherapy?
Hypnotherapy is a technique that uses language your subconscious mind responds to. When your hypnotherapist uses the correct language, you harness the power of all the facets of your mind so they work together to achieve a desired effect. Hypnotherapy doesn’t require concentration or relaxation, because it’s about languaging and imagination. Hypnotherapy helps you work through emotions in a way that does not cause you to relive your pain. It goes to the core of the problem so you can work on issues faster. Remember, hypnotherapy is not about giving up control, and it is impossible to hypnotize you to do anything against your will.
Are Certified Hypnotherapists available?
Margie Mader, LMFT, C.Ht., is trained and certified to perform hypnotherapy techniques that address weight loss, anxiety/panic attacks, smoking cessation, depression, chronic pain, self-esteem issues, trauma and grief.
What if my family members or significant others will not participate in therapy?
If you want family members to participate in therapy, but they refuse, we encourage you to come anyway––for your own clarity and support. We often find when one person in the family starts therapy, others eventually come, too––either because they are curious about the healthy changes being made, or because they want the same for themselves. Either way, even if your family members don’t participate, you will be better equipped to cope with family issues––and that may lead to changes in others as well.