Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Frequently Asked Questions:
I have been experiencing some signs of stress but I am sure that they will go away soon. Does this mean I need to talk to a psychotherapist?
Early signs such as headaches, tense muscles, and fidgety sleep may be an early indicator of too much stress. Other physical warning signs may include: stooped posture, sweaty palms, chronic fatigue, weight loss or gain. Exercise, eating well, pleasant distraction, relaxing, and even talking to a friend may be helpful. However, if feeling stressed is affecting your work or it has been difficult to find pleasure in life, or if is it affecting your relationships, the medical and mental health professions agree that another tool to help cope with stress is to talk to a mental health professional.
2. Is it a sign of weakness if I go to see a therapist?
Therapy is like going to a doctor if you had a medical concern. It is a way to obtain support and intervention to help the child, individual, couple or family cope with or change stresses, challenges and problems that they have not been able to address on their own. Receiving outside help not only improves your relationships with others but it can also add quality years to your life.
3. Is therapy confidential?
There is confidentially between the therapist and the patient. Information is not shared without written consent from any client over age 12. When a child is seen in therapy, parents will learn general information about their child's therapy session. Specific information, however, may only be given with the child's verbal consent or when seen together with the parents. There are some exceptions to the law of confidentially with include:
Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse.
If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person.
If a client is threatened or harmed by someone else.
If a client intends to harm himself or herself.
4. What are your available hours and fees?
Please call or email me. I look forward to personally discussing my fee schedule and hours of availability with you.