Frequently Asked Questions
How Can Therapy Help Me?
A number of benefits are available from participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. 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, your goals and values
Developing skills for improving your relationships
Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
Improving communications and listening skills
Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
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.
Why do people go to therapy and how do I know if it's right for me?
People have many different motivations for coming to psychotherapy. Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well. Some people need assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts and creative blocks. Therapy can help provide some much needed encouragement and help with skills to get them through these periods. Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life. In short, people seeking psychotherapy are ready to meet the challenges in their lives and ready to make changes in their lives.
What is therapy like with Dominique?
Therapy with Dominique is more informal and conversational in nature. Although tremendous work happens in the therapy room and you will see significant improvement if we work together in and out of session, therapy is yours, your space to process, express, navigate, and address the issues that you feel are the most important and that are causing the most stress. Therapy with Dominique includes sitting on the therapy sofa, grabbing the throw blanket that’s available (if you want) and going to work on the issues and concerns that plague you the most.
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly).
It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life. Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process – such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals. People seeking psychotherapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.
What about Medication vs. Psychotherapy?
It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what’s best for you, and in some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action.
Do you take insurance?
Unfortunately, we are not accepting any insurances at this time. However, it is my desire to make sure you are informed should you choose to find another therapist who does accept insurances. To help you determine if you have mental health coverage through your insurance carrier, the first thing you should do is call them using the toll-free number on the back of your insurance card or your insurance carrier’s website. Review your coverage carefully. Ask the representative that you speak with to explain what your mental health or behavioral health coverage includes and make sure you understand their answers. If you don’t, ask them to clarify what it means in finding a mental health provider who is in-network with your insurance. If you choose to work with me, I am always happy to to provide you with receipts to submit to your insurance carrier for reimbursement from carrier after you have paid for services. Consider the following questions when determining if your insurance will reimburse you for therapy:
What are my mental health benefits?
What is the coverage amount per therapy session?
How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
Is approval required from my primary care physician?
Why don't you accept any insurances?
CreativeCounseling Living & Wellness, LLC is a private-pay therapy practice. What does that mean? This means that each client, couple, or family will pay out-of-pocket/privately for services rendered. I know, you’re probably thinking I’m crazy for suggesting such a thing. However, consider this if you will. Insurance companies require that in order to cover mental health services appropriately under insurance plans, a mental health diagnosis MUST be given and documented on your permanent health record. Insurance companies will then have access to a significant amount of your sensitive and private information about you by requesting to review all of your records whenever they choose to. Because of the tremendous stigma and mis-education surrounding mental health and mental health diagnoses, having a diagnosis on your permanent health record could lead to potential denial for things such as life insurance and health insurance premiums could possible increase. Additionally, insurance companies often attempt to limit the type of therapy that can be done, the number of sessions they will cover, and what form of therapy they will cover, which can significantly hinder your therapy progress and successful outcomes. It is my desire to be an advocate for each of my clients’ and ensuring effective treatment by offering a high degree of privacy and more control over their health records, as much as allowed by Florida law. As such, I am listed on Therapy for Black Girls, a clinician directory tailored to women of color seeking therapy and Open Path Psychotherapy Collective, a directory that offers low cost, sliding fee payment options to individuals in need.
If I can't pay for your full fee but I still want to work with you, do you offer sliding scale fees for those who qualify?
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