Answers to Common Questions
WHEN SHOULD YOU SEEK COUNSELING?
When you have been diagnosed with a mental health problem and/or have been prescribed a psychotropic medication. Psychotherapy with medication has repeatedly been shown to be the most effective treatment for any mental health diagnosis. When you are feeling overwhelmed by the stressors and demands of your life. When you feel that you can’t live a happy and healthy life. When you need more effective skills to deal with situations and people. When you want to break old habits and develop new ways of handling life. When you are feeling confused about what’s going on in your life. When there is too much conflict or distance in your important relationships. When your children are not responding well to your parenting style and you need new skills to turn things around. When you need a deeper understanding of your behavior, motivations, and problems.
HOW CAN COUNSELING HELP?
It helps to have an experienced professional examine your thinking, skills, and stressors and then help you develop new ways to think, act and deal with stress. It helps to have a safe place to discuss worries and concerns. It helps to have someone examine your situation from an objective point of view and offer suggestions that are free of expectations. It helps to gain greater understanding of your behavior and motivations. It helps to examine deep unconscious forces that usually originate in early childhood or in traumatic life events and to make new decisions about these earlier experiences. It helps to be able to release old emotional baggage and move into a new life with less emotional weight. It helps to have greater skills to deal with life situations.
HOW DO I FIND THE RIGHT THERAPIST?
This is an important decision for you. It has repeatedly been demonstrated that the most important ingredient in successful therapy is the therapeutic relationship. Can you trust and relate to the therapist you have selected? Do you think they have the clinical skills to help with your situation? Do you like them as a person? You may discuss these concerns with us at any time. Our office staff and our therapists in Salt Lake City, Utah will be happy to answer any questions you have. If, after discussing you concerns, you choose not to continue therapy with us, we will be happy to refer you to another appropriate provider.
WHAT WILL IT COST?
If there is a mental health diagnosis, most insurance companies provide benefits. Your personal cost will depend on your deductible and your co-payment amount. These are determined by your insurance carrier. You can find these amounts on your insurance policy or by checking with your insurance carrier. We are providers on most insurance panels. There are a few exceptions. Again, it would be helpful to call your insurance company. Our standard rates are $180 for the initial assessment and $140 for each psychotherapy session with a PhD trained practitioner. The cost is less for Master’s level practitioner. Most insurance companies pay only a portion of this but we are required by law to use these rates for any private-pay patient.
IF YOU HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS, PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE AT 801.438.6059