Helping You Lead a Happier, Healthier, More Productive Life
General Information About Counseling with Jeff Rose
Throughout our work together, I will provide honest and direct feedback in a supportive and nurturing manner. I will help you learn how to problem solve and discover solutions to problems in your life that currently seem insurmountable.
Making the decision to begin therapy can be a difficult and confusing one. You may have succeeded through many challenges on your own and feel confused as to why you are suddenly struggling now. Perhaps you’ve always thought of therapy as something that’s for “crazy” people.
Therapy is used in many different ways for many different people.
- Are you going through a difficult situation or time period in your life and could use some help and support?
- Would you like to improve or maintain an important relationship in your life?.
- Have you lost interest in enjoyable activities, having trouble sleeping, or had recent weight gain or loss?
- Are you constantly on edge or irritable, having trouble concentrating, and find yourself worrying about life circumstances?
Some people find therapy beneficial to help them gain insight and support. Insight is important in regards to helping you identify certain patterns in your thoughts, behaviors, and choices that may be leading to a lack of satisfaction in your life. We all reach crossroads in our lives when we feel stuck. Therapy can provide you with the tools and motivation to make changes that otherwise seem overwhelming. You may find that therapy can help in identifying your goals and taking the steps to achieve them.
It takes strength and humility to know when you need help. When you are in the midst of a problem it may seem overwhelming or impossible to resolve. Talking to friends and family can be helpful but sometimes it is not enough. You may need the objective guidance of a therapist to help you problem-solve as well as to identify creative solutions to various problems in your life.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why do people seek therapy?
People come into therapy for many reasons. Some need to respond to unexpected
changes in their lives, while others seek self-exploration and personal growth. When
coping skills are overwhelmed by guilt, doubt, anxiety, or despair, therapy can help.
Therapy can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping for issues
such as depression, anxiety, lack of confidence, relationship troubles, unresolved
childhood issues, grief, spiritual conflicts, stress management, body image issues,
and creative blocks. People seeking therapy are willing to take responsibility for their
actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives.
What can I expect in a therapy session?
During sessions you are expected to talk about the primary concerns and issues
in your life. A session generally lasts 45 to 60 minutes, but some people request
longer sessions. Usually weekly sessions are best. Some people who are in crisis or
extreme distress need more than one session per week, at least until the crisis passes.
During the time between sessions it is beneficial to think about and process what was
discussed. You may be asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions,
such as reading a relevant book or keeping records. For therapy to “work,” you must be
an active participant, both in and outside of the therapy sessions.
What benefits can I expect from working with a therapist?
A number of benefits are available from participating in therapy. Often it is helpful just
to know that someone understands. Therapy can provide a fresh perspective on a
difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. Many people find therapy to
be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family
concerns, and the hassles of daily life. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on
how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits
available from therapy include:
• Attaining a better understanding of yourself and your personal goals and values
• Developing skills for improving your relationships
• Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
• Find new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
• Managing anger, depression, and other emotional pressures
• Improving communications skills – learn how to listen to others, and have others
listen to you
• Getting “unstuck” from unhealthy patterns – breaking old habits and developing
• Discovering new ways to solve problems
• Improving your self-esteem and boosting your self-confidence
What if I don't know what my goals are for therapy?
If you aren’t sure what your goals are for therapy, your first task is to figure that out. It
may take several sessions before a direction is clarified. During the course of therapy
your goals may change. However, establishing a direction for therapy will help you get
the most out of the experience.
Do you accept insurance? How does insurance work?
There is a confusing array of insurance arrangements. The first thing you should do is
check with your insurance carrier. Check your coverage carefully and find the answers
to the following questions:
• Do I have mental health benefits?
• What is my deductible and has it been met?
• How many sessions per calendar year does my plan cover?
• Is my therapist an in-network provider?
• Do therapy sessions require precertification?
Is therapy confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a
client and a psychotherapist. Information is not disclosed without written permission.
However, there are number of exceptions to this rule. Exceptions include:
• Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. The therapist is
required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
• If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s. The
therapist must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
• If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every
effort to enlist their cooperation in insuring their safety. If they do not cooperate,
further measures may be taken without their permission in order to ensure their