What if I want some education, but am not looking for anything "experiential" right now?
What if none of these classes seem like the right fit for me?
My family and I are already involved in so many other things, do I really need to add one more thing to my week?
I've never seen anything like this before, will it work?
Why is my class lead by a therapist? Is this counseling?
I already practice meditation/mindfulness/yoga/self-care on my own, what will a group experience give me that I don't already get from these?
What if I'm introverted?
What if I can't draw, act, sing, play an instrument, etc.?
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We do not currently take insurance. However, many of our clients are able to be reimbursed by their insurance companies at their out-of-network rates. You may also be able to use HSA or FSA contributions towards session fees. Each of our therapists operate independently and set their own rates. See their individual pages on our website for more information.
Finding the right therapist is a process. At the center of the process should be the client’s needs & goals. You can narrow your initial search immediately by finding a therapist with the needed specialties for the therapeutic goals. A person can find initial names through therapist directories, web searches, and referrals. It is after this initial collection of names that the “real process” begins. A client should interview potential therapists by way of conversation and question to determine a level of trust and comfort in the therapist’s approach and ability to relationally connect with the client. Upon choosing a therapist the process continues, and is generally measured by progress of needs and goals. Every therapeutic relationship should include conversation and determination for how progress will be measured. Many clients appreciate formal progress reports and measurement criteria to determine progress. Here are a few relational criteria to help assure you have found a good therapist for your needs & goals:
Do you feel comfortable enough to trust opening yourself up (if you are not able to find a relational space safe enough to be honest with self & therapist – nothing else may matter)
Are you able to share concerns about progress or lack of progress
Are you able to share concerns about the relationship or therapy approach?
When you disclose unhappiness with progress or approach, does the therapist work through the issue to your satisfaction?
Answering no to any of these questions is a concern needing to be addressed through honest self-reflection, willingness to enter conflict, and perhaps courage to start with another therapist.
This question will greatly depend on a client’s needs and goals. However, most therapeutic approaches rely significantly on the therapeutic relationship to be the vehicle of growth and healing. Therefore, a client likely needs to see a therapist frequently in the beginning in order to build and establish an effective working relationship. There are many variables influencing this question, and they are best addressed through conversation with the therapist. Common frequencies would be at least once a week while working on issues, and once a month for maintaining progress and connection.
This question is a bit like my experience in my academic career – I got out as much as I put in. I put so much more into my graduate degree, and was the recipient of so much more understanding. Minimally this question can be answered by stating a client should attain their therapeutic goals set forth at the beginning of therapy (symptom reduction or attainment of behavioral goals). The deeper and richer answers through more effort will likely include things such as: better self-understanding, greater comfort of self, greater emotional regulation, more efficient problem solving, better relationships, more self-compassion, and more peace.
Therapy can be scary because of what is required – vulnerability of self. However, you will know you are with the right therapist, and progress is happening, when it becomes safe enough to reveal, address, or experience your concerns with the therapist. This means sometimes progress is marked by tough or difficult sessions which reveal the pain needed to heal. And, it is true in therapy, the process often gets messy before it gets easy. The bigger picture, and longer term understanding, would define progress as movement toward therapeutic goals established. Determining progress will include a conversation with the therapist to identify markers of progress, and a process for attaining measurement. The markers should be formally measured on a consistent basis - probably no less than twice a year. Progress should be informally checked and discussed regularly in sessions.
There are many situations, concerns, and aspirations, which can bring a person to seek the support and guidance of a therapist. Many folks simply appreciate the value of intentional growth and development for their own wellbeing. Investing in personal growth truly has tremendous value (every aspect of your life is influenced by what you bring into it). A want for more is a very practical reason for seeking a therapist. For folks who are exploring their need for therapy, I would suggest considering the following questions:
Are you stuck in patterns of frustration or unfulfillment?
Do you consistently run into the same difficulties or conflicts (in relationships, at work, at school?)
Have you, or are you, receiving feedback of concern?
Have you gone through an intense or stressful experience?
Do you have frequent feelings of anxiety, sadness, anger, shame, or worthlessness?
Are your thoughts racing, impulsive, unhelpful, or intrusive?
Are you frequently getting into difficult situations because of your behaviors?
A yes to any of the above questions can be considered evidence for utilizing the support and guidance of a therapist.
We are not not an inpatient facility. We see our clients here in our office on an out-patient basis and will often have interns that are able to meet with clients and their families in their own home.
While we do not specifically treat alcohol and chemical abuse/dependency, we do find that this is an issue that has touched many of our clients in some way throughout their life. In that regard, we do help our clients work through the influence of alcohol and other factors in their lives.
We do offer classes that are more educational in nature. You can find these on the classes page under the heading "educational classes."
Give our office a call and perhaps we can help you figure out which of our classes might be a good fit for you! Or you can submit a suggestion for a class you would like to see at Playmore.