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Common Questions

Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.

 Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you're at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.

Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?

Confidentiality is one of the most crucial components in therapy. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is typically not shared outside the therapy office. Every therapist should provide you with a written document reviewing confidentiality policies and limitations. There are times that you may want your therapist to share information with someone on your healthcare team (physician; psychiatrist), but by law your therapist cannot share this information without obtaining your written consent. However, there are circumstances where disclosure is required or may be required law:

When there is a reasonable suspicion of child, dependent, or elder abuse or neglect

When the client presents as a danger to self, to others, to property, or is gravely disabled

When a client’s family member communicates that the client presents a danger to others

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