While people, in general, are more open about discussing the benefits of therapy and sharing their experience, for those who haven’t had the opportunity to meet with a therapist, the experience may seem a little intimidating. So we’ve included some of the more common questions and concerns that many people experience.

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Will therapy help me?

Actually, most people would benefit from therapy! One of the more common myths of therapy is that you must have a severe mental illness in order to receive therapy. Most of the people who attend therapy consistently are your friends, colleagues, neighbors- productive, well intentioned individuals. Most of us tend to operate at 70-80% of our capacity and therapy will often bring up your overall functioning say an additional 10-15%, allowing for that extra oomph to cope with some of the challenges that come our way in life.

I don’t need therapy my friend/family member/spouse needs to attend therapy!

That may be the case, however,  we cannot force anyone else to seek out support when they aren’t ready. So what do you do if there needs to be a change? You become the change!  Change occurs even with one person behaving differently.

What is Marriage and Family Therapy? How is it different from other counseling?

Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) is the model in which therapy is practiced. There are a variety of different models, all serve the purpose- to help people improve their quality of life. The difference is in the approach to therapy.  MFT is based on the philosophy that our relationships impact our functioning in all manner of life. Often, how we relate to others also reveals how we relate to ourselves. MFT is grounded in the principle that we don’t need to know WHY we’re depressed or anxious to change it- we simply change our behaviors and communication strategies to reduce the symptoms.

What happens at my first appointment?

The first appointment is an opportunity to address some of your questions and concerns about therapy and allows the therapist to gather a bit more information as to how to help support the client in their goals. There’s usually some paperwork that needs to be filled out and reviewed. That first appointment, in general, people find goes by pretty quickly because the conversation is a bit more directed by the clinician to make sure the necessary information is gathered.

Does Marriage and Family Therapy mean I have to bring someone with me?

Nope! It’s not uncommon for people to hear Marriage and Family Therapy and believe that therapy must include other people in their lives. In reality, therapy CAN include additional people such as significant others, kids, or parents but it’s not required. MFT is about the model of treatment, not a requirement for you to participate in therapy.

Are you going to tell me I need medication?

No. I am not a trained psychiatrist- which is a doctor who specializes in psychiatric medications and medication management. If I believe you will benefit from medication or a client wants to discuss medication as additional support to treatment, we can explore the topic further. However, no provider, a clinician or psychiatrist can force you to take medication or tell you that you must take the medication in an outpatient setting.

What is Telehealth?

Telehealth is a HIPPA compliant service that allows the client and clinician to meet online for a session. This can be convenient for clients because it allows you to attend the appointment from the comfort of your home/office/man cave/she shed and may allow for more flexibility in the timing of the appointments or to keep the appointment even when the weather is poor!

Other Important Questions

How long are appointments? How frequently do we meet?

A therapeutic hour is between 50-55 minutes long.

The frequency of appointments depends on a variety of factors including the severity of symptoms, goals for treatment, and schedule availability. I encourage people to meet weekly for the first month of so to establish and develop the relationship and ensure that both client and clinician feel comfortable and have a clear understanding of the client’s goals.

What happens if I don’t attend my appointment?

We understand that emergencies come up and schedules get re-arranged. However, the clinician has reserved that time in order to meet with you, which means that appointment time is not available for someone else. We ask that if you need to cancel, you give at least 24 hours’ notice. Otherwise, the late cancellation fee is $75.

How do I pay?

Payment is collected a couple of different ways. If a client chooses to use their insurance, that information will be provided to the clinician before the first appointment to verify the benefits and find out what the client’s co-pay or deductible would be at time of service. That payment will be collected from the client through cash, check, or credit card after each appointment.

People also have the option of paying out-of-pocket. To learn more about payment options and fees, please see our notice of fees.

Privacy Questions

Who are you going to tell I saw you? And are you telling them what we talk about?

What we talk about is protected by the limits of confidentiality. Unless there is a signed Release of Authorization by the client, information is not disclosed about being a client. There are limits to confidentiality, and those extenuating circumstances are reviewed during the first session.