Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of 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
- Improved self-esteem and self-confidence
What is therapy like?
Every therapy session is unique and personal. Normally, the therapist and patient discuss the primary issue or concern and work toward resolving it. It is customary to schedule weekly sessions that range from 45 to 55 minutes. It can be short term focusing on a specific issue or long term focused on more complex issues. You may be asked to complete homework outside of the session, such as reading a book, watching a movie, or tracking a behavior. For therapy to really be effective, the patient should be an active participant in the process.
How does insurance work with counseling?
Individual services are generally covered by insurance depending upon your policy with your insurance provider.
Children and family services are also covered by most insurances.
Couple/relationship services are self-pay only as insurance does not cover this service.
Am I able to get medication prescriptions at my sessions?
No, only an MD can prescribe medications. We have relationships with many doctors with whom we consult and refer. We can also consult with your primary care physician.
What type of providers are available at RCP?
At RCP, we have several different types of providers.
LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor. This license requires at least a Masters Degree and 3 years of Supervised Clinical Services similar to a residency.
LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. This type of license requires at least a Masters Degree and 3 years of Supervised Clinical Services similar to a residency.
LAPC is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor. This type of license also requires at least a Masters Degree. This counselor is currently working under a fully licensed clinical supervisor while completing their 3 years of residency.
What do I need to bring to my first session?
Please arrive at least 15 minutes early for your first session. Bring with you your insurance card, your patient information packet, your identification, and some form of payment. We accept cash, checks, credit and debit cards, HSA cards, and FSA cards (if insurance allows). We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.
How private are my sessions?
Confidentiality is of the utmost importance to us. We abide by the HIPAA laws and regulations as well as our ethical codes regarding confidentiality. Your information cannot be shared without your written permission. Limits to confidentiality include danger to self and others and mandated report of abuse to children and elders, and possible court orders.