Therapy plays many roles for people and clients that value a listening ear and help to find solutions that are not tainted with personal involvement. In our opinion, everyone can use therapy at some time. The stigma of mental health in the past is beginning to shift. Therapy can be indicated for times when you need support or are struggling to manage issues in your life and is not a sign of weakness, but one of strength.
Counseling can take as little as 5 sessions for uncomplicated, non-biological problems to 24 sessions for somewhat complicated problems and 48 sessions or more for co-occurring biological issues. When your problems become more manageable or have resolved, the counseling relationship can be successfully terminated. There are however, some insurance and EAP (Employee Assistance Plans) plans that limit the number of approved sessions per problem or per plan year. Highly biological disorders (example autistic disorder) to non-biological disorders (life transitions or adjustment disorders).
Psychotherapy is indicated typically when the steady flow in your life is no longer steady. You experience higher peaks and valleys than is normal for you. The stereotype of talk therapy can sometimes be associated with self-indulgence and ineffectiveness. This is simply not so. Today, there are more insurance companies and clients discovering the benefits of psychotherapy. We use therapy techniques that are evidence-based and proven to be repeatable treatments.
Antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications work for many people and can be short term or long term. Research supports that psychotherapy in conjunction with antidepressants are effective. Psychotherapy though, has longer lasting effects as more evidence-based treatments are implemented.
Online therapy can be a practical approach for clients with mobile limitations and time limitations. In our practice more than 80% of the patients that engage in online therapy are effectively treated. For instance, online EMDR therapy is consistent with scientific use of traditional EMDR. People tend to feel more comfortable at home or in their chosen environment, and there is no additional stress of traveling. Further benefits of online therapy include providing another level of privacy and convenience for clients.