Each of us has a time in life, often more than once, when events and experiences become overwhelming.

Seeking the services of a licensed mental health clinician can be a successful intervention in overcoming these feelings.

Frequently asked questions

There are a lot of questions you may have about whether you need to talk with a licensed mental health clinician. Please contact the office if you have other questions.

Q: What are the benefits of psychotherapy?

A: Different people benefit in different ways. Clients report a variety of ways in which therapy has been beneficial:

  • Gaining insight into the feelings which are upsetting or causing changes in behavior.
  • Beginning and augmenting the healing process for a painful experience.
  • Relieving emotional distress.
  • Improving the quality of life and productivity of daily functioning.
  • Enhancing personal growth by making an investment in the development of the self, similar to getting an education.

Q: What are some symptoms that may indicate I could benefit from making an appointment?

A: Consider calling for an appointment if you experience any of these symptoms:

  • Changes in the way you think
  • Changes in your mood
  • Changes in the way you feel about yourself
  • Changes in the way you think or feel about people or the world around you
  • Changes in your sleep habits
  • Changes in your appetite
  • Fatigue or low energy
  • Loss of interest in sex
  • Decreased enjoyment of activities
  • Increased substance use or abuse
  • Violent behavior
  • Poor work or school performance
  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • Feelings of hopelessness, helplessness
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • Difficulty remembering details, schedule, or activities
  • Persistent physical ailments such as panic, headaches, indigestion that do not respond to treatment
  • Excessive talking
  • Racing thoughts
  • Making decisions which reflect poor judgment
  • Acting inappropriately in social settings
  • Feelings of fear that something terrible is about to happen

Q: Some people say it's good to talk with a professional when there are particular life circumstances. What are those circumstances?

A: It may be helpful to talk with someone if you have experienced the following circumstances:

  • Family conflict
  • A family member who has been treated or should be treated
  • A trauma, such as any form of assault or abuse, or remembering such an event
  • A recent loss such as the death of a loved one, unemployment, relocation of your home, financial problem, difficult relationship, chronic illness
  • A major change in your life pattern. Such changes may be joyous or stressful such as getting married, having a baby, getting a new job or a promotion

Q: How much does it cost?

A: Please call the office for a current fee schedule. Fees are due in full when services are rendered. For your convenience, payment may be made in several forms: cash, personal check, money order, cashier's check, Visa, or Master Card. If you have health insurance you would like to file for reimbursement, please bring your insurance card with you at the first session. We have an Insurance Release Form you will need to complete and sign. As a courtesy, we will provide to you a completed health claim form when payment is made in full. You mail the form, and your insurance company will send to you whatever reimbursement is due to you.

Q: What are your office hours?

A: The office is open 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday; and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday. Each clinician's office hours are by appointment during these office hours.

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